VLS Hosts Campaign Finance Reform Talk

Saturday, November 18, 2017

South Royalton — Political activist and Fordham University School of Law professor Zephyr Teachout will discuss campaign finance reform on Monday, from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., at The Chase Community center at Vermont Law School.

The talk, “Transform Politics: Reform Campaign Finance,” is presented by The New Economy Law Center at VLS. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be streamed live at vermontlaw.edu/live.

Teachout will examine the history and future of foreign and corporate money in American politics and the threat that money poses to democracy.

In a news release, professor Melissa Scanlan, director of the New Economy Law Center who is moderating the lecture, said the “important and timely discussion of campaign finance reform,” will examine “the landmark Supreme Court case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which redefined corruption by cementing the ability of corporations to give unlimited amounts of money to influence elections, as well as whether President Donald Trump has accepted foreign money in violation of the Constitution of the United States.”

Teachout is the author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United. She ran for governor of New York in 2014, losing to Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary but capturing 34.2 percent of the vote. She earned her law degree from Duke University School of Law, a master’s degree in political science from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

This presentation is part of the ongoing “New Economy Law and Policy Forum: A Speaker Series on Building a Sustainable, Just and Democratic Future.” For more information, including registration and a full schedule, visit go.vermontlaw.edu/new-economy/session-four.