Campaign Finance Reform: Is Grassroots Democracy The Solution?
Rep. John Sarbanes and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig say that, regardless of the outcomes of election night, all that money in politics is bad for the country.
They join us to talk about a new campaign finance proposal — and if it’s even possible to get the money genie back in the bottle.
Sarbanes will give a public lecture, “Building A Grassroots Democracy,” Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Harvard Law School.
Both Lessig and Sarbanes will be part of a panel discussion, “Grassroots Democracy: How would it work?” Friday at noon at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
- Rep. John Sarbanes, Democratic representative for Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District
- Lawrence Lessig, director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics and professor at Harvard Law School. He’s the author of “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — And A Plan To Stop It.”
- New York Times: Little To Show For Cash Flood By Big Donors
- Atlantic: Big Campaign Spending: Government By The 1%
- Huffington Post: John Sarbanes Experiments With Campaign To Promote Public Financing
- TIME: Campaign Financing: A Brief History
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