Russ Feingold, former Democratic senator from Wisconsin, is one of this era’s most progressive and independent political voices. His record includes party-breaking votes on the Iraq War, longtime opposition to capital punishment, and contributions to the national discourse on immigration reform. Arguably, it may be campaign finance reform that will go down as his greatest legislative battle. Along with Senator John McCain, Feingold spearheaded the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002, which restricted campaign funding by corporations and unions. When many of their efforts were reversed in the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Committee, which rejected limits on corporate spending during elections, Feingold continued to advocate for limits on corporate influence in government as founder of the advocacy group Progressives United. Feingold joins constitutional scholar and Stanford University law professor Pamela Karlan and the University of Chicago Law School’s Geoffrey Stone to share perspectives on this topical and divisive debate.
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For eighteen years, Russell D. Feingold represented Wisconsin in the United States Senate. He served on the judiciary, foreign relations, budget, and intelligence committees. Known for leading the fight for campaign finance reform in the Senate alongside Senator John McCain, he currently serves as co-chair for President Obama's reelection campaign and is the founder of Progressives United, an organization that combats the influence of corporate power. Feingold’s latest book is While America Sleeps.
Pamela S. Karlan
Pamela S. Karlan is the Kenneth & Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School and co-directs its Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. She received her B.A., M.A. (history), and J.D. from Yale. Her scholarship focuses on constitutional law, particularly voting rights, civil rights, and criminal procedure. She is the co-author of several leading casebooks, dozens of scholarly articles, and a bimonthly column for the Boston Review.
Geoffrey Stone is the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago. A faculty member since 1973, Stone has served as both dean of the University of Chicago Law School and provost of the University of Chicago. One of the nation's leading scholars of the First Amendment, he has published several books and more than a hundred articles in the field of constitutional law.CHF Suggests