Law Review Symposium – Money in Politics

Money in Politics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Friday, April 4, 8:30 a.m., Wesemann Hall

The symposium will address where the election law has been, where it is currently, and where it is going. With the first panel, we intend to have an in-depth examination of Citizens United v. FEC and the prelude thereto. The second panel will address the current tax implications concerning campaign financing and will involve a discussion regarding the IRS controversy that arose this past summer. The last panel will examine campaign finance issues from the practitioners’ point of view.  The final panel will also touch on the McCutcheon v. FEC case, which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in October 2013. Each panel is comprised of scholars and practitioners who are geographically and politically diverse to provide a balanced discussion of the issues involved.



8:30–9:00 AM:  Opening Remarks:  Introduction to Money & Politics

  • Nicholas Stephanopoulos, University of Chicago Law School

9:00–10:30 AM:  20/20 Hindsight:  Citizens United and Its Impact on the Political Landscape

  • Bradley Smith- “We had to destroy the village in order to save it”:  Regulating Political Speech to Restore Confidence in Government
  • Richard Briffault- A Special Case? Corporations, Unions, and Campaign Finance Law
  • Fran Hill- Dark Money in Motion:  Mapping Issues Along the Money Trails

10:45–12:15:  Snapshot of the Problem:  A Taxing Analysis of the IRS Controversy

  • Philip Hackney- Should the IRS Never “Target” Taxpayers?  An Examination of the IRS Tea Party Affair.
  • Lloyd H. Mayer- Taxing Politics
  • Donald Tobin- The IRS, Politics, and the Crisis of Confidence

12:30–1:30 PM:  Lunch:  Jason Abel- Corruption, Speech, and Money:  A Brief History of the World, Post-Citizens United

1:45–3:15:  Back to the Future:  Examining McCutcheon v. FEC and Discussing the Role of Money in Upcoming Midterm and Presidential Elections

  • James Bopp, Jr.- The Rise of SuperPACs: The Constitutionality of Contribution Limits on Independent Spending for Political Speech
  • Paul S. Ryan- McCutcheon: The Return of Soft Money?
  • Liz Kennedy- The Supreme Court, the Constitution, and the Crisis of Confidence in American Democracy

3:30–4:30 PM:  Reception

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