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Politics and Policy Series - The New Wild West: Money and the 2016 US Presidential Election

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

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. 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?

Witness and question a highly influential panel of campaign operatives as they discuss the new Wild West world of campaign finance:

- 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

Moderated by Jeff Smith, Assistant Professor, The New School.

This event is sponsored by the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy and the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School.

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The Politics and Policy Series is a thought-provoking, stimulating series of courses and events. The series combines in-class discussions and assignments with the hands-on experience and intellects of both American and Global politics experts in order to dissect the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, while also providing an international perspective. From the evolution of the two party system, to soccer's impact on world politics, to the use of the propaganda ideology symbolism and political PR savvy to influence messaging, these courses and events will showcase the insights and practical knowledge of Milano professors and introduce students to a critical understanding of a presidential campaign and its inner workings. The series is co-sponsored by Milano School of International Affairs, Mangagement, and Urban Policy and by Center for New York City Affairs

Read more about this exciting programming and the accompanying courses in political literacy at Milano Central.

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Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Center for New York City Affairs


Politics, Policy and Government


Schools of Public Engagement, Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment




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