Actions and Detail Panel
Ethics, Money & Politics
Fri, March 24, 2017, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
For better or worse, in the modern American political arena, money is a necessity. It is the fuel that translates political voices into action, bringing democracy to citizens’ doorsteps. However, money is as dangerous as it is powerful. It can just as well fuel corruption, inequality, and hyper-partisanship, poisoning the democratic process.
This paradoxical duality of political money, as both necessary fuel and insidious corruptor, means neither side in the campaign finance debate has a simple answer. It also means elected officials have a very difficult balancing act to maintain.
This conference will bring together those who study political money, those who raise and spend it, and the press who cover it, for an honest conversation driven by experience and data, not partisan point-scoring. Two core questions will drive the discussion:
If the current system is not perfect, then:
1. Is change possible and what should it look like?
2. How do elected officials, political operatives, political donors and citizens
maintain ethical standards despite these imperfections?
Schedule and Speakers:
Session 1: Introductory Address
Director of the Center for Ethics in Public Life at the University of Missouri St. Louis.
Session 2: On Campaign Finance Reform: “Laws and Economic Realities”
RICHARD L. HASEN:
Professor (UC Irvine), nationally recognized lawyer, blogger, media commentator & campaign finance reform advocate
Professor of economics at the University of Missouri & campaign finance reform sceptic
11:20 AM-12:35 PM
Session 3: Panel on Campaign Finance Reform: “Missouri, Past, Present & Future”
Five term State Senator (D., 13), UM System Curator & campaign finance reform advocate
Two term State Rep. (R., 82), former Exec. Dir. and Chair of the Missouri GOP & campaign finance reform skeptic
Director of Government Accountability at the Show Me Institute & campaign finance reform sceptic
Former founding Director of Progress Missouri, now Senior Content Strategist at GPS Impact & campaign finance reform advocate
Session 4: “Hyper-Partisanship and Campaign Finance”
RAY LA RAJA:
Professor (UMASS Amherst) & author of: Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail
Session 5: Panel on: “Operating Ethically in Today’s Political Finance Climate: Electeds and Lobbyists”
Two term State Senator (R., 7), & Minority Floor Leader, now a Principal at Flotron & McIntosh
Four term State Rep. (D., 83), former St. Louis County Councilwoman & Educator
Four term State Representative (R., 65) & former Exec. Director at Partners for Progress
Award winning St. Louis Public Radio Political Reporter
Session 6: Panel on: “Operating Ethically in Today’s Political Finance Climate: Fundraisers & Operatives”
Founder, Atlas Strategy Group, nationally recognized Republican political operative with presidential and senate campaign experience
St. Louis Political Fundraiser & Board Member of the African Diaspora Conference
Finance Director for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay & Democratic political fundraiser
Business Representative for the St. Louis & Kansas City Carpenters' Union Regional Council.