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    Lawrence Lessig on Campaign Finance

    Professor Lawrence Lessig talked about his proposals for a “New Hampshire rebellion against corruption” and for Congress to call a convention to address the influence of money in politics. In 2014, Professor Lessig formed a super political action committee (superPac) to fight congressional corruption in Congress and to change the U.S. campaign finance system. He’s the author of the book Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress-and a Plan to Stop It.

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    Panel Discussion on Corruption

    Zephyr Teachout, author of Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United, and Janine Wedel, author of Unaccountable: How Elite Power Brokers Corrupt our Finances, Freedom, and Security, talked about curbing corruption. They spoke at the New America Foundation in New York City.

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    Citizens United Decision and Future Campaign Finance Laws

    Political scholars examined the consequences of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision on recent elections. They also responded to questions from the audience.
    This was the second panel of a Cato Institute forum on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

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    Costs of HIV/AIDS Medicines

    Witnesses testified on the cost of HIV/AIDS medications and monopolies created in the HIV/AIDS drugs market. The focus was particularly on Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT) bill that, if approved, would lower cost, increase access, eliminate legal barriers to generic competition, and create an annual $3 billion prize for HIV/AIDS drug research.

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    Jack Abramoff on Political Corruption

    Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff talked about government corruption. In 2006 Mr. Abramoff was convicted of fraud, tax evasion, and conspiracy to bribe public officials. He is the author of Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist. He was interviewed by Lawrence Lessig and also responded to questions from members of the audience.
    “Lawrence Lessig Interrogates Jack Abramoff About Corruption” was the first event in the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics series “In the Dock.” It was held in the Ames Courtroom of the Harvard Law School.

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    Q&A with Lawrence Lessig

    Lawrence Lessig talked about his latest book about the influence of money on Congress, in which he argued that large amounts of money, fueled by recent changes in campaign finance rules, can secure legislative influence in the U.S. government. He criticized powerful business interests that sponsor corporate lobbyists and suggested that widespread citizen mobilization and a new Constitutional Convention would allow people to regain control of “the corrupted but redeemable representational system.” He also talked about clerking for Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court, and Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court. He offered views on the Obama administration’s accomplishments, and the influence his father had upon him while growing up in central Pennsylvania.
    Lawrence Lessig earned a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.A. from Cambridge University, and a J.D. from Yale University.

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    Leaks and Freedom of the Press

    Law professors and journals debated First Amendment freedom of the press rights versus national security interests in the age of WikiLeaks. They also responded to questions from the audience.

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    Representative Jim Cooper Remarks on Congress

    Representative Jim Cooper (D-TN) spoke about partisan struggles and dysfunction over the course of several Congresses. Among the topics he addressed were redistricting, lobbying, congressional pay, and campaign fundraising. Following his remarks he answered questions from the audience. 

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    Ethics in Politics

    Larry Lessig talked about the influence of corporate money in politics, public trust in government, and political reform movements. He also answered questions from the audience.
    This program was part of a conference focusing on the issue of money in politics and corporate power, and organized by a coalition of groups calling itself the “Movement for the People.”

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    Book Discussion on Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy

    Lawrence Lessig talked about the state of copyright law in relation to electronic media. He argued that the current laws are draconian and have not been adequately updated to reflect the emergence of the Internet and the ubiquity of the sharing of information. He said that the current laws criminalize artists and the young and stifle creativity. He argued that the youth create their identity by remixing electronic media. Following his remarks, he answered questions from the audience.

    Lawrence Lessig is the author of Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, published by Penguin. The book is copyrighted.