First the distributors of the porn flick Pirates II grabbed the spotlight by offering their movie free of charge for screenings on college campuses.

Then Republicans in the Maryland state legislature grabbed the spotlight by threatening to cut government funding to any college that showed the movie.

Now candidates for the University of Maryland’s student government are grabbing the spotlight by screening the movie on campus in defiance of an administration veto.

The Student Power Party, a slate running in student government elections scheduled for this Tuesday and Wednesday, have announced that they will be running Pirates II in a lecture hall on Monday night — election eve. They’ll be holding a forum on free speech before the show.

More information on the SPP can be found here, here, and here. They’ve also got a Twitter account and a pretty good campaign ad.

Monday morning update: Here’s the latest on SPP’s plans for tonight, from the UM Diamondback.