The Advisory Committee on Transparency will present a discussion on super PAC transparency as we move toward the 2012 elections on Monday, January 23 at 2:15 p.m. in Rayburn 2203.

Update: C-SPAN’s live video of the event is available here

Super PACs have fundamentally changed the relationship between money and politics, and all too often are misunderstood. These new vehicles for political advocacy have upended traditional political alliances, infused tremendous amounts of undisclosed (or partially disclosed) money into the political system, and kicked off controversies over what our 21st century democracy should look like.

We are pleased to present the preeminent experts who will discuss what the public knows — and should know — about Super PACs, including the reporter who coined the term “Super PAC” and leading advocates on both sides of the transparency question. We will explore the legal limits of what can be disclosed about Super PACs, and the policy questions around what the public has a right to know.


  • Eliza Newlin Carney: Staff Writer for CQ Roll Call covering the issues of lobbying and influence
  • Allen Dickerson: Legal Director and Interim Executive Director of the Center for Competitive Politics
  • Mimi Marziani: Counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
  • Paul Ryan: FEC Program Director and Associate Legal Counsel at the Campaign Legal Center
  • Daniel Schuman: Policy Counsel at the Sunlight Foundation and Director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency

For the full biographies of our speakers, please click here. You may also visit the event page for additional information about this event.

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