Plutocrats United Book Talk
Monday, February 8, 2016
UC Irvine School of Law, Room 1131
Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, is the new book by election law Professor Rick Hasen.
Prof. Hasen will discuss the book, and Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will provide commentary. Audience Q & A and book signing will follow.
Campaign financing is one of today’s most divisive political issues. The left asserts that the electoral process is rife with corruption. The right protests that the real aim of campaign limits is to suppress political activity and protect incumbents. Meanwhile, money flows freely on both sides. In Plutocrats United, Richard Hasen argues that both left and right avoid the key issue of the new Citizens United era: balancing political inequality with free speech.
The Supreme Court has long held that corruption and its appearance are the only reasons to constitutionally restrict campaign funds. Progressives often agree but have a much broader view of corruption. Hasen argues for a new focus and way forward: if the government is to ensure robust political debate, the Supreme Court should allow limits on money in politics to prevent those with great economic power from distorting the political process.
This event is free, but RSVP is required by Monday, Feb. 1.