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Money Out of Politics Conference: How Cross-Partisan Citizen Movements Can Reform Our Democracy in 2012 and Beyond
Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 9:15 AM to 4:15 PM (EDT)
Money Out of Politics Conference: How Cross-Partisan Citizen Movements Can Reform Our Democracy in 2012 & Beyond
This day-long conference will feature panels, break-out sessions, a keynote speaker, and opportunities for networking and strategizing with other citizen activists.
9:00 AM – 9:20 AM – Registration
9:20 AM – 9:40 AM – Welcome to Conference (Occupy DC)
9:40 AM – 9:55 AM – Introduction – Stephen Erickson (Americans United to Rebuild Democracy)
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Panel Discussion: Making Money in Politics the Cross-Partisan Issue of the 2012 Elections
Panelists: Rob Werner (Americans for Campaign Reform); Buddy Roemer (current 2012 presidential candidate); Rob Weissman (Public Citizen) -- Moderated by Mariah Blank (ODC)
11:05 AM – 12:20 PM – Breakout Groups 1
12:20 PM – 1:00 PM – Lunch (Food Truck: Rolls on Rolls -- BRING CASH!)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Breakout Groups 2
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Panel Discussion: Money in Politics Beyond 2012
Panelists: Nick Nyhart (Public Campaign); Marilyn Carpinteryo (Common Cause); Mark Hays (Public Citizen) -- Moderated by Mariah Blank (ODC)
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM – Keynote by Lawrence Lessig (Harvard Law & Rootstrikers)
4:00 PM – 4:15 PM – Thank You and Closing (ODC)
5:00-onward - Networking and informal meeting to follow. Details TBA.
The following breakout sessions will be held concurrently in the morning and in the afternoon. Each session will be guided by a topic expert and an Occupy facilitator to encourage horizontal discussions.
Breakout Session Topics and Guides
Get Money Out or Get Public Money In
o Adam Smith – Public Campaign
Campaign Reform Amendment in NYC and Strategies for Similar Actions
o Mark Hays – Public Citizen
Faith Perspectives in Money in Politics
o Adam Wasserman – 99Searchers
Pitting the Process Against Itself: Creative Strategies for Electoral Engagement
o David Thompson – Citizens’ Congress
How to Use Data Tools to Follow the Money (Tutorial Session)
o Evan MacKinder – Center for Responsive Politics
Can Progressives Partner with Conservatives? A Proposal for an Outsiders' Alliance
o Stephen Erickson – Americans United to Rebuild Democracy
o Rob Werner – Americans for Campaign Reform
Conference videographer – Valon Imeri
Conference publicity and program designer – Jill Blazek