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Forum: Corporate Political Spending And Foreign Influence

Hosted by Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub

Federal Election Commission, 999 E St. NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20463

June 23, 2016 | 10 a.m. | http://www.fec.gov/forum

When Citizens United opened the door in 2010 to unlimited corporate political spending, it failed to address how to keep foreign funds from flowing through corporations into our elections.

The American people deserve assurances that corporations, whether large or small, are not using foreigners’ money to influence our elections. And the law demands it. But how big is the problem? And what’s the best way to solve it?

Join Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub of the Federal Election Commission as she brings together some of the nation’s top scholars, public-interest professionals, and attorneys to discuss the issues surrounding corporate political spending and foreign influence.

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Introductory remarks, Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub
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Sheila Krumholz, Center for Responsive Politics Youtube Video Youtube Video (w/o titles) MP3 .DOC  |PDF
Norman J. Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute Youtube Video Youtube Video (w/o titles) MP3 .DOC  |PDF
John Pudner, Take Back Our Republic Youtube Video Youtube Video (w/o titles) MP3 .DOC  |PDF
Melissa Yeager, Sunlight Foundation Youtube Video Youtube Video (w/o titles) MP3 .DOC  |PDF
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John Coates, Harvard Law School Youtube Video Youtube Video (w/o titles) MP3 .DOC  |PDF
Robert Jackson, Columbia Law School Youtube Video Youtube Video (w/o titles) MP3 .DOC  |PDF
Mace Rosenstein, Covington & Burling Youtube Video Youtube Video (w/o titles) MP3 .DOC  |PDF
Donald Tobin, University of Maryland School of Law Youtube Video Youtube Video (w/o titles) MP3 .DOC  |PDF
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Richard Briffault, Columbia Law School Youtube Video Youtube Video (w/o titles) MP3 .DOC  |PDF
Jared DeMarinis, Director, Candidacy and Campaign Finance Division, Maryland State Board of Elections Youtube Video Youtube Video (w/o titles) MP3 .DOC  |PDF
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Stetson University College of Law Youtube Video Youtube Video (w/o titles) MP3 .DOC  |PDF
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Agenda

Meet and Greet | 9:30 am - 10 am

Welcoming Remarks by Commissioner Weintraub |10 am - 10:15 am

Panel 1 | 10:15 am - 11:15 am

How do we define 'foreign money'? How much money is being raised and spent overall and by corporations this election cycle, and where is it coming from? What don't we know and why don't we know it?

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Break | 11:15 am - 11:30 am

Panel 2 | 11:30 am - 1 pm

When assessing the role of foreign nationals and corporations in campaign finance, what is the state of the law? How can other legal disciplines inform election law?

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Lunch | 1 pm - 2 pm

Panel 3 | 2 pm - 3:30 pm

What's the impact of corporate money and foreign influence on the ground? What can the FEC do about it? How can the FEC build the best record that would allow the Commission and/or Congress to respond to corporate and foreign money?

Panelists:

    • Administrative law: Richard Briffault, Columbia Law School
    • State election law: Jared DeMarinis, Director, Candidacy and Campaign Finance Division, Maryland State Board of Elections
    • Election law: Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

      http://www.stetson.edu/law/faculty/torres-spelliscy-ciara/

      , Stetson University College of Law

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