Renowned Legal Scholars to Discuss Landmark Campaign Finance Case Buckley v. Valeo

Release Date: 
January 7, 2016

 

 

This year won’t won’t just mark the most expensive and big money-dominated election in U.S. history, it will also mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court case that set the basic structure of campaign finance law. January 30, 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Buckley v. Valeo, the Supreme Court Case that set the basic structure of campaign finance law for a generation.

On Thursday, January 28th from 2 - 4 p.m at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Demos President Heather McGhee and Vice President for Legal Strategies Brenda Wright will be joined by Professor Joel Gora, Buckley v. Valeo counsel, Brooklyn Law School; Professor Daniel Tokaji, election law expert, Ohio State University Moritz School of Law; and Cleta Mitchell, former Member of the Oklahoma House and current partner, Foley & Lardner LLP to discuss the historic case’s influence on our democracy and economy. Adam Liptak, New York Times Supreme Court Reporter, will moderate. Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have also been invited.

As explained in a new Demos report Buckley at 40, this decision launched a vicious cycle of political, economic, and racial inequality that endures today, and paved the way for Citizens United.

To RSVP, please contact ddonald@demos.org.

What: Panel discussion of Buckley v. Valeo

When: Thursday, January 28, from 2 - 4 pm

Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C.

Who: Adam Liptak, Supreme Court Reporter, New York Times

Heather McGhee, President, Demos

Brenda Wright, Vice President for Legal Strategies, Demos

Professor Joel Gora, Buckley v. Valeo counsel, Brooklyn Law School

Professor Daniel Tokaji, election law expert, Ohio State University Moritz School of Law

Cleta Mitchell, former Member of the Oklahoma House; partner, Foley & Lardner LLP