​Civic Engagement - Franklin County KY

Together Frankfort

Book Discussion: Dark Money by Jane Mayer


Together Frankfort's Campaign Finance/Dark Money Team of the Civic Engagement & Education Committee held its second study meeting on May 23, 2017 at the Paul Sawyier Public Library.


The meeting focused entirely on a discussion of Jane Mayer's book, "Dark Money," with the discussion moderated by Frankfort's Richard Taylor. Click on the link for more information about the book discussion.

Together  Frankfort Launches Study on the Impact of Money in Politics


Together Frankfort's Campaign Finance/Dark Money Team of the Civic Engagement Committee launched the "Summer Study on the Impact of Money in Politics" with a presentation by U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth, a Democrat who represents Kentucky's third Congressional district. Rep. Yarmuth's experience in sponsoring resolutions related to the topic provided a valuable framework for the study launch.

Money in Politics -


Together Frankfort's third program on Money in Politics, held on June 28,  provided an overview of proposed constitutional amendments to address hidden money in politics.  George Schuhmann, representing a national committee of The League of Women Voters, described several aspects of the various constitutional amendments which have proposed.  Schuhmann also presented his own proposed language for a constitutional amendment to address money in politics.  

Money in Politics - What Do We Do Now?


On August 24, Together Frankfort sponsored its fourth workshop on Dark Money/Campaign Finance with presenters representing three national organizations engaged in overturning Citizens United. For more about the event, click here.


  • Joy Arnold, Central KY Move to Amend, gave a legal overview of corporate personhood and promotes efforts to introduce and ratify a 28th Amendment to declare corporations are not people;
  • Kimmie Ishmael, KY Wolf-PAC, is working with state legislatures to pass binding resolutions for an Article V Convention for an amendment on campaign finance reform; and,
  • American Promise is working on national consensus for effective language for the 28th Amendment.  

Civic Engagement & Education Committee: Campaign Finance/Dark Money Team

Together Frankfort's work is conducted through three Committees:



One of these committees, the Civic Engagement & Education Committee has further divided its group into Teams.  One of those teams is the Campaign Finance/Dark Money Team, which launched, in May 2017, a "Summer Study on the Impact of Money in Politics." Their work is further described here.


Together Frankfort's Civic Engagement Committee's Campaign Finance/Dark Money Team is led by Mary Lynn Collins, Libby Marshall & Murray Wood.  The Team is further composed of Together Frankfort members who provide assistance through  research, identifying potential speakers, arranging facilities, organizing materials for distribution, and preparing press releases and follow-up summaries of the study meetings.


If you would like to be involved with this work, click here, fill out the contact information and indicate your interest in the Campaign Finance/Dark Money Team, in the Message Box.  You will be notified by email of future meeting dates.