““Empowering Small Donors, Reviving Democracy”

Announcement via email:

The Brennan Center for Justice


“Empowering Small Donors, Reviving Democracy”

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
161 Avenue of the Americas, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Join the Brennan Center in the second installment of a panel series examining the future of public financing for political campaigns. At this event, legal scholars and advocates will discuss the impact that small donor matching funds can have on civic participation and the hydraulics of democracy. Participants will also discuss how public campaign financing can effectively respond to the threat of unlimited outside spending in the aftermath of Citizens United.

Panelists include:

  • Lawrence Lessig, professor of law at Harvard Law School, Director of the Edmund J. Foundation Center for Ethics and Harvard University, and author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It.
  • Fred Wertheimer, Founder and President of Democracy 21, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to strengthen our democracy and promotes government integrity, accountability and transparency measures to accomplish its goals. Co-author of a new report, Empowering Small Donors in Federal Elections, with the Brennan Center’s Adam Skaggs.
  • Richard Briffault, Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School and author of numerous publications on the topics of campaign finance reform and election law.
  • Monica Youn, the inaugural Brennan Center Constitutional Fellow at NYU School of Law, where she focuses on election law and First Amendment issues, and former director of the Brennan Center’s Money in Politics program.

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to Jonathan Backer at jonathan.backer@nyu.edu or 646-292-8371.


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