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

Rick Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, will discuss his forthcoming Yale University Press book “Plutocrats United,” an exploration of the world of campaign financing since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, on Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. in Saxbe Auditorium. Click here to register.

Hasen is a nationally recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation. Writing about one of today’s most divisive political issues, Hasen 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. 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 a founding co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal, and is a prolific author on election law issues.