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Big Money Politics after Citizens United: Keeping Voters Engaged in Democracy

Eva Paterson, Nathaniel Persily, Pete Peterson, Dick Beahrs

Event: 2015 CalDay

Date: April 18, 2015 Duration: 87 minutes

Bipartisan campaign-finance reform was dealt a serious blow in 2010 with the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and subsequent decisions. Five years later, questions loom. Are all campaign contributions now protected “speech” under the Constitution? How can elections work best when “deep-pockets” secretly attempt to control the results and often drown out civil discussion? In this new environment, policymakers are exploring how to keep our democracy healthy and strong.

Panelists include Eva Paterson, President & Co-Founder of the Equal Justice Society; Nate Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford University; and Pete Peterson, Executive Director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University. Moderated by Richard “Dick” Beahrs '68 of the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement.