Ethics, Money & Politics

Registration is open for the Ethics, Money & Politics Conference held on March 24, 2017.

It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located in the Millennium Student Center Century Rooms at the University of Missouri -St. Louis Campus.

The conference is presented by the Center for Ethics in Public Life and the Truman School of Public Affairs. General admission tickets are $65. Students are encouraged to attend at a discounted rate of $25. Lunch and parking are included with the price of the ticket.

For better or worse, in the modern American political arena, money is a necessity. It is the fuel that translates political voices into action, bringing democracy to citizens’ doorsteps. However, money is as dangerous as it is powerful. It can just as well fuel corruption, inequality, and hyper-partisanship, poisoning the democratic process.

If the current system is not perfect, then:
1. Is change possible and what should it look like?
2. How do elected officials, political operatives, political donors and citizens maintain ethical standards despite these imperfections?

Ethics, Money & Politics will bring together those who study political money, those who raise and spend it, and the press who cover it, for an honest conversation driven by experience and data, not partisan point-scoring.

Speakers and panelists are comprised of a wide range of experts in their respective fields. Speakers and panelists include:

ANGELA BINGAMAN:
Finance Director for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay & Democratic political fundraiser

MARK DALTON:
Assistant Political Director at United Brotherhood of Carpenters, St. Louis Council

FRANC FLOTRON:
Two term State Senator (R., 7), & Minority Floor Leader, now a Principal at Flotron & McIntosh

BARBARA FRASER:
Four term State Rep. (D., 83), former St. Louis County Councilwoman & Educator

WAYNE GOODE:
Five term State Senator (D., 13), UM System Curator & campaign finance reform advocate

JOHN HANCOCK:
Two term State Rep. (R., 82), former Exec. Dir. and Chair of the Missouri GOP & campaign finance reform skeptic

RICHARD L. HASEN:
Professor (UC Irvine), nationally recognized lawyer, blogger, media commentator & campaign finance reform advocate

PATRICK ISHMAEL:
Director of Government Accountability at the Show Me Institute & campaign finance reform skeptic

GREGG KELLER:
Founder, Atlas Strategy Group, nationally recognized Republican political operative with presidential and senate campaign experience

JO MANNIES:
Award winning St. Louis Public Radio Political Reporter

JEFFREY MILYO:
Professor of economics at the University of Missouri & campaign finance reform skeptic

SEAN NICHOLSON:
Former founding Director of Progress Missouri, now Senior Content Strategist at GPS Impact & campaign finance reform advocate

ROSETTA OKOHSON-REB:
St. Louis Political Fundraiser & Board Member of the African Diaspora Conference

RAY LA RAJA:
Professor (UMASS Amherst) & author of: Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail

ANNE ZERR:
Four term State Representative (R., 18) & former Exec. Dir. at Partners for Progress

Visit our event page to reserve your space today!