Money, Politics, and the U.S. Constitution

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Money, Politics, and the U.S. Constitution

September 15, 2023 @ 12:00 PM 1:15 PM

Who gets to decide whether and how to regulate money in our campaigns and elections? For the past 50 years, the Supreme Court has made itself the nation’s apex regulator of money-in-politics. Through its campaign finance decisions, the Court has taken many options off the table from state and federal policymakers. But is this the way things should be, as a matter of constitutional structure? There is a growing movement — which includes state lawmakers from both major political parties — that is calling for a constitutional amendment that would empower Congress and the States to choose whether and how to regulate money-in-politics. In this panel, we’ll explore the text and theory of the proposed amendment through an interactive discussion with both its advocates and skeptics. Join us for lunch!

Room 650

Brian Boyle, Executive Director & General Counsel at American Promise
Scott Day Freeman, Goldwater Institute

Moderated by: Kory Langhofer, Managing Attorney at Statecraft PLLC

This event is eligible for 1 hour of CLE credit.


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Brian Boyle

Executive Director & General Counsel at American Promise

Brian Boyle is Executive Director & General Counsel at American Promise, a nationwide non-profit organization that is leading a movement for constitutional reform to reduce the influence of money in politics. Before joining the leadership team at American Promise, Brian was a small business owner, a litigator in a national law firm, and a clerk on the Massachusetts Appeals Court. He has also been involved in local government. Brian earned his BA from Harvard College and his JD from Cornell Law School.

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Scott Day Freeman

Goldwater Institute

Scott Day Freeman is a Senior Attorney at the Goldwater Institute. He has nearly 30 years of experience litigating complex commercial and products liability defense matters. He is a former President of the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel and Pacific Regional Director of DRI, two leading organizations of civil defense attorneys. He also served as the Vice Chair of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission during the 2011 redistricting cycle. Scott is a graduate of ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the U of A.

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Kory Langhofer

Managing Attorney at Statecraft PLLC

Kory Langhofer is the Managing Attorney at Statecraft PLLC, a law firm focusing on government and political law. His practice is concentrated in campaign finance, constitutional litigation, and political matters. He has previously worked as a federal prosecutor, as litigation counsel to multiple presidential campaigns, and as general counsel for the 2016-2017 presidential transition team. Kory received his A.B. in political science, summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his JD from Yale Law School, where he served as an Editor of The Yale Law Journal