Curriculum

Campaign Finance Law Seminar

Credits: 2.00
Faculty: Joel Gora

This seminar will involve an in-depth exploration of the various constitutional and policy issues surrounding the regulation of the financing of political campaigns. Campaign finance issues and problems have been a staple of Supreme Court jurisprudence for almost fifty years and have come to the fore in recent years because of cases such as Citizens United. The topics covered in this seminar will include: the foundational principles governing the field, the regulation of contributions and expenditures, the role and regulation of outside groups and individuals, the role of disclosure and public financing of campaigns as possible, partial solutions to campaign finance problems, the special problems of financing judicial elections, the question of greater regulation of lobbyists and government contractors, the nature of state law campaign regulations and the ongoing search for solutions to the various principle and policy dilemmas that plague the area.

Grading and Method of Evaluation

Letter grade. Each student will prepare and present a paper exploring one of these various topics. With the advance permission of the professor, a limited number of students will be permitted to request that their papers be eligible to satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement.