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Hayward Contributes to Campaign Finance Reform Conference

Professor Allison Hayward was a speaker at a May 8 campaign finance reform conference, Money in Politics 2009: New Horizons for Reform, presented by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. The event was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and was billed as the first systematic look at the 2008 elections and the resultant implications for policy, politics, and law in 2009 and beyond. Leading experts on campain finance, preeminent governmental and campaign officials, and advocates assembled at the conference to assess new ideas and determine new directions in campaign finance.  

Hayward was one of five distinguished panelists who discussed the topic "Money, Politics, and the Constitution: Is campaign finance reform on a collision course with the Supreme Court?" Key to the discussion was the question whether tension exists between the Constitution and the aims and methods of campaign finance reform.

The conference also featured opening remarks by Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice and Robert Kaiser of the The Washington Post, a presentation of data from the 2008 elections by Michail Malbin of the Campaign Finance Institute, a keynote presentation by Lawrence Lessig of Change Congress, and closing remarks by Bruce Ackerman of Yale Law School and actor Sam Waterston.

A videotape of the conference will be available on the Brennan Center for Justice website in the near future. Read more about the conference here.