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Prominent Journalist to help AFSC Launch Presidential Campaign Project

Governing Under the Influence
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Contact: Josh Skipworth

John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation, to speak Feb. 7th in Des Moines

DES MOINES – The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) will launch its Iowa-based Presidential Campaign Project February 7, at 9:30 a.m. with workshops and a luncheon featuring John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation and co-author of Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America.

The AFSC event will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 1001 Pleasant Street in Des Morning, starting with coffee, followed by educational and skills-building workshops, a luncheon, and a keynote address by John Nichols. Suggested donation for the event is $10 per person, but scholarships are available. You can register for this event by calling 515-274-4851 or by emailing Josh Skipworth at

AFSC is conducting education programs in Iowa from now through the 2016 caucuses on the theme of “Governing Under the Influence,” a slogan illuminating the outsized control over government policy held by major corporations.

“With the growth of the Pentagon budget to unprecedented levels, militarization of the police, as we all witnessed during the unrest in Ferguson, and the recent pledge by the Koch brothers to spend nearly $900 million on the 2016 elections, it’s clear that corporations wield a dangerous amount of influence over American democracy,” said Josh Skipworth, Grassroots Engagement Coordinator for AFSC.

AFSC will train grassroots activists to make the issue of corporate influence one of the signature issues of the unfolding campaigns in Iowa and New Hampshire.

In addition to writing for The Nation, John Nichols is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues.

The American Friends Service Committee is a national Quaker organization that works worldwide on programs supporting peace, social justice and humanitarian development.