Blog — Supreme Court

June 24, 2014

Panel Discussion: Critical Issues in Dark Money

By CREW Staff

Money in politics

WHEN: Tuesday, July 8, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC-201

Political spending by tax-exempt organizations that do not disclose their donors has exploded in recent years. Critical legal and policy issues surrounding campaign activity by these groups, however, remain unresolved, and currently are the subject of extensive congressional and regulatory activity.

CREW is pleased to host a panel of experts who will explain how the law developed and is currently applied, and discuss several of the issues facing lawmakers, regulators, and courts. Topics will include the amount of political activity tax-exempt organizations should be allowed to engage in, and whether the First Amendment limits regulation of political activity by these groups.


  • Eliza Newlin Carney: Senior Staff Writer, CQ/Roll Call (moderator)
  • Miriam Galston: Associate Professor, The George Washington University Law School
  • Norman Ornstein: Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Marcus Owens: Partner, Caplin & Drysdale, and former Director, IRS Exempt Organizations Division
  • Adam Rappaport: Senior Counsel, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington




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