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March 23, 2017

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Cash, Candidates and Campaign Finance Reform
Last Featured: 10/23/2000

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Overview

Citing runaway campaign spending, both Congress and state legislatures are examining numerous ways to limit campaign contributions. Are these reform proposals good for democracy and will they actually improve the electoral process? Do they interfere with candidates and citizens rights to express their opinions and participate fully in the electoral process?


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Joel Gora a Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, has been a longstanding advocate for civil liberties, serving as General Counsel for the New York Civil Liberties Union since 1981 and authoring numerous texts on civil rights and free expression. Prior to joining the Brooklyn Law School faculty in 1978, he was the National Staff Counsel and Associate Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union and served as Pro Se Law Clerk to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. His special expertise is in the area of first amendment rights, and he has written and lectured on campaign finance issues for more than 25 years. He was one of the plaintiffs' lawyers in the landmark campaign finance case of Buckley v. Valeo and has appeared in the media and before Congress on the topic of first amendment rights and restrictions on issue advocacy. A graduate of Columbia University School of Law, Professor Gora teaches constitutional law, federal courts and civil liberties law.

E. Joshua Rosenkranz is the President and CEO of The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law which is committed to furthering the legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. through scholarship, public education, and legal action that promotes equality and human dignity. At the beginning of Mr. Rosenkranz' legal career he clerked for Justice Brennan, as well as then-Judge Antonin Scalia and Judge Stephen F. Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He then founded, and for eight years ran, New York City's acclaimed Office of the Appellate Defender (1988-96) where he personally argued over 100 appeals and was the attorney of record in some 1,500 more. Mr. Rosenkranz's numerous publications on law and policy address issues ranging from election law to legal education. One of his recent books examines Campaign Finance Reform and the First Amendment. The American Lawyer named Mr. Rosenkranz (then 34) one of the nation's 45 leading public sector lawyers under the age of 45.

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"Those who won our independence believed . . . that freedom to think as you will and to speak as you think are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truth . . . that the greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty, and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government . . . Believing in the power of reason . . . they eschewed silence coerced by law Recognizing the occasional tyrannies of governing majorities, they amended the Constitution so that free speech and assembly should be guaranteed."

— Whitney v. California, 345 U.S. 1001 (1953) (Brandeis, J., concurring)

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