Money and Politics: The Impact of Citizens United on the 2012 Presidential Election

Thursday, September 20, 2012 -
8:30am to 10:45am EDT
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has fundamentally altered the strategy and structure of elections and electioneering in the United States. Early evidence suggests that spending on the 2012 election will easily surpass the $3 billion spent in 2008.
Join us for a provocative and enlightening dialogue with three scholar-practitioners whose deeply informed but divergent views of the ways foundations and nonprofits should respond to this ruling will give you and your colleagues much food for thought.


  • Strategies funders can use to navigate this new electoral landscape
  • New, expanded roles of private money from all sources in the electoral process
  • The implications of Citizens United on the larger issues of civic participation and voting rights
  • Lessons learned thus far in the 2012 Presidential Campaign
  • The broader implications of the Court’s recent reversal of the Montana Supreme Court’s ruling that, if allowed to stand, would have let states restrict or regulate the kind of giving allowed in Citizens United.


John Bonifaz, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Free Speech for People
Alexandra Russell (Moderator), Director, FCCP Money in Politics Working Group
Maxim Thorne, Activist, Philanthropist and Lecturer, Yale University
Tova Andrea Wang, Vice President of Research at Common Cause; Senior Program Officer and Democracy Fellow, The Century Foundation

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