Pete Peterson (MPP '07) to Speak on "Big Money Politics after Citizens United: Keeping Voters Engaged in Democracy"

April 17, 2015  | 1 min read

Big Money Politics after Citizens United: Keeping Voters Engaged in Democracy

Saturday, April 18, 2015 • 11:00am–12:30pm 


145 Dwinelle Hall
University of California, Berkeley


Bipartisan campaign-finance reform was dealt a serious blow in 2010 with the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and subsequent decisions. Five years later, questions loom. Are all campaign contributions now protected "speech" under the Constitution? How can elections work best when "deep-pockets" secretly attempt to control the results and often drown out civil discussion? In this new environment, policymakers are exploring how to keep our democracy healthy and strong. It is important that we reengage voters who understandably have lost faith in our system. Join a groundbreaking civil rights leader, a nationally recognized constitutional law expert and political scientist, and a civic-engagement expert and politician for a provocative panel discussion addressing these important questions.


Eva Paterson, President & Co-Founder of the Equal Justice Society

Nathaniel Persily, James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford University

Pete Peterson, Executive Director of the Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University


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