During the 2016 cycle, the United States' campaign finance system finally and completely jumped the shark. Candidates raised hundreds of millions for SuperPACs which may have as much, if not more, influence over outcomes than the actual campaigns themselves. At this event sponsored by the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School audience and speakers ask: How did this transform campaign strategy? What are the implications for governance? And is there anything citizens can do to reverse this trend?
And yet, at the dawn of the primary season, all this money seemed to matter little. The campaigns that spent the most gained the least. Donald Trump, who spent almost nothing, led national polls by double digits. Are all of the old assumptions about campaign spending irrelevant in the social media age?
- Zach Allen, Democratic fundraising consultant
- Raj Goyle, Member, Obama 2012 National Finance Committee and former Kansas legislator
- Christina Greer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Fordham University
- Jack Oliver, Finance Chair, Right to Rise PAC, SuperPAC supporting Jeb Bush
- Adam Smith, Communications Director, Every Voice
- Ken Vogel, Chief investigative correspondent, POLITICO
-Jeff Smith, Assistant Professor, The New School.
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street, Room I202, New York, NY 10011
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Democratic fundraising consultant
Member, Obama 2012 National Finance Committee and former Kansas legislator
Associate Professor of Political Science, Fordham University
Nina L. Khrushcheva
Nina L. Khrushcheva is Associate Professor in the Graduate Program of International Affairs at The New School and senior fellow of the World Policy Institute.
She is also an editor of and a contributor to Project Syndicate: Association of Newspapers Around the World. After receiving her Ph.D. from Princeton University, she had a two-year appointment as a research fellow at the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and then served as Deputy Editor of East European Constitutional Review at the NYU School of Law. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Khrushcheva's articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Times, and other publications. She is the author of Imagining Nabokov: Russia Between Art and Politics, and is currently working on a new book project, Russia's Gulag of the Mind.
Jeff Smith is Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy at Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City. Jeff majored in Black Studies and Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Jeff, who has taught political science at Washington University and Dartmouth College, teaches and conducts research on campaigns and elections, public policy, race, urban politics, advocacy, and the legislative process. At Washington University, he received the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence.
Jeff served in the Missouri Senate from 2006-2009 as the nation’s only white state senator from a majority-black district. Since then, he has consulted on affordable housing policy and completed a memoir about his experience in politics. Jeff contributes to The Recovering Politician, a new blog for former elected officials. His writing has been featured in Inc. and New York magazines, and he has been profiled in Harper’s, The New Republic, and other periodicals.
In 2004, Jeff ran for the congressional seat vacated by Dick Gephardt, losing narrowly to Rep. Russ Carnahan. His youth-powered grass-roots campaign was chronicled in the film Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, which was lauded by the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, and short-listed for an Academy Award.
Jeff co-founded the Confluence Academies, a group of inner-city charter schools. Jeff became the Senate’s leading voice on education reform, passing major education bills including a program offering loan forgiveness for top collegians who teach in disadvantaged areas after graduation.
In 2006, Jeff was named a rising star by St. Louis Magazine, Alive Magazine, and the Riverfront Times.