Liz Kennedy is Counsel and Campaign Strategist at Demos working on voting rights, money in politics, and corporate accountability. She works to expand political participation by eliminating barriers to voting and empowering voters; she works to increase transparency and accountability for money in politics to fight corruption of democratic government and to fulfill America’s promise of political equality. Liz develops policies, engages in strategic communications, and works with partners across the country. In addition to appearing on television and being quoted in the media, Liz is the author or co-author of "Millions to the Polls: Practical Policies to Fulfill the Freedom to Vote for All Americans” “The Racial Equity Impact of Secret Corporate Political Spending by Government Contractor" Bullies at the Ballot Box: Protecting the Freedom to Vote Against Wrongful Challenges and Intimidation” “Stop the Next Citizens United: McCutcheon v. FEC and the Crisis of Confidence in American Democracy” “Democracy at Stake: Protecting Democracy in the Super PAC Era,” “Protecting the Freedom to Vote,” “Citizens Actually United: The Bi-Partisan Opposition to Corporate Political Spending and Support for Common Sense Reform,” and “Ten Ways Citizens United Endangers Democracy.”
Prior to joining Demos, Liz was an Attorney in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, working on issues of money in politics and democratic accountability. Liz was deputy director of voter protection for the 2008 Obama campaign in Ohio, has represented unions in industrial bankruptcy cases, and was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. Before law school she spent several years running campaigns as a student organizer and canvass director with the Public Interest Research Groups.
Liz appears on All In with Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC, and on Al Jazeera, Arise, and RNN. Her writing has appeared in the American Prospect, Salon, U.S. News and World Report, Guernica Magazine, Bill Moyers, the Huffington Post, the American Constitution Society, Human Rights: a Journal of the American Bar Association, the Boston Herald, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Los Angeles Daily News, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Hill's Congress Blog, and the National Civic Review. Liz graduated from Smith College and received her J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law.
Areas of Expertise
- January 11, 2016
- November 10, 2015
- August 7, 2015
- October 19, 2014
- October 10, 2014