Briefing Room


Campaign Finance: Balancing Political Inequality with Free Speech, with Rick Hasen

October 2, 2015 | Events

The Democracy Studies program will host a lecture on “Campaign Finance: Balancing Political Inequality with Free Speech,” with Rick Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Irvine School of Law, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, in Saxbe Auditorium. Hasen will discuss his upcoming book, Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections, in which he argues for a new focus and way forward on the issue of campaign financing: if the government is to ensure robust political debate, the Supreme Court should allow limits on money in politics to prevent those with great economic power from distorting the political process. Click here to register.

Hasen argues that both left and right avoid the key issue of the new Citizens United era: balancing political inequality with free speech. Richard Hasen writes the often-quoted Election Law Blog, was the founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal, and is a prolific author on election law issues.