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DEMOCRACY: A Harvard Law School Lecture Series

Session 5: Living with money in politics

Monday, March 21, 2022
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM ET
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DEMOCRACY is a Harvard Law School Lecture Series co-hosted by Guy Uriel-Charles, Ruth Greenwood, Larry Lessig, and Nicholas Stephanopoulos. This six-part series of panel discussions will bring together scholars, lawmakers, activists, and the HLS community to discuss and debate the most pressing issues facing American democracy.


Guest Speakers:

Jane Mayer
Contributor, The New Yorker
Bradley A. Smith '90
Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, Capital Law School

Jake Grumbach
Assistant Professor, University of Washington


Professor Lawrence Lessig
Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School

The Supreme Court continues to strike down regulation after regulation of money in politics, so much so that any attempts to prevent the influence of big money over election outcomes can at times seem hopeless. In this session we ask what can be done, even in the face of a hostile Supreme Court, to prevent money from corrupting our democracy? Rather than restricting political speech, would a focus on reducing corrupting dependence be more effective, both practically and constitutionally? Has the Supreme Court truly ruled all techniques off the table?