What's Next After McCutcheon? Challenging the Dominance of the Donor Class

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 8:30am - 10:30am

On Tuesday, April 2nd, in the biggest money and politics case since Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court decided McCutcheon v. FEC and struck down critical limits on the amount a wealthy individual can give directly to favored candidates, parties, and committees further increasing the dominance of the donor class in our democracy.

The reaction has been powerful. Advocates, constitutional scholars, and the media attacked the decision for being blind to the reality of money in politics, for articulating an incoherent view of the First Amendment, and for ignoring issues of democratic integrity that arise when average citizens have little or no influence on the policy choices of their representatives. 

Now where do we go from here? 

Panelists include Demos President Heather McGhee, Brennan Center President Michael WaldmanThomas Edsall of the New York Times, Executive Director of Public Campaign Action Fund David Donnelly, and Zephyr Teachout, Professor at Fordham Law School. 

Join us at Demos in New York City for a discussion of McCutcheon and its impact on our democratic society and how real reform can be achieved to stop the domination of government by an elite donor class.