Money, the Supreme Court and the 2012 Presidential Elections

July 18th, 2012

It’s summer and the weather is hot across much of the country, but the hottest spots are the rhetoric between the Obama and Romney campaigns. The rules of engagement, always contentious, are beyond belief. What’s making this year different is MONEY. Current projections are that between 9 and 11 BILLION will be spent on the 2012 presidential election.

The primary factor that’s taken us from the high levels of spending in 2008 to the stratosphere  is the Supreme Court’s January 2010 Citizen’s United v. FEC ruling. In the first segment of the program, we talk about the key issues in this decision and how it’s reshaping the political landscape in ways that may surprise you.

We then move to what everyone says is this year’s primary issue – to borrow a quote from James Carville -“Its the economy stupid!” Saying that, is an oversimplification. This issue is challenging because media reporting appears highly biased or simply a regurgitation of policy positions of the candidates or their benefactors. We turn to an economist, who sees things outside the haze of this spin and helps us find the factors that are the true lynch pins for growth or stagnation.

Finally, we touch on the other hot topic, health care. Mitt Romney has said we will terminate Obamacare on his first day in office, if elected. First, that’s easier said than done. More importantly, the truth about this legislation is elusive. We talk with someone who has been reporting on health care legislation and its impact for over 20 years.  Fundamental shifts in health care coverage are underway that are being obscured by the Obamacare debate and let you know how they will impact you.

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Guests

Mimi Marziani

Mimi Marziani serves as counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program where her work focuses on money in politics, voting rights and legislative dysfunction.  In this role, Ms. Marziani litigates election law cases in federal courts across the country, including before the U.S. Supreme Court.  She also plays an active role in the Brennan Center’s policy advocacy efforts on these issues, and leads the Center’s filibuster reform efforts.

Ms. Marziani frequently writes on democracy issues, and has contributed opinion editorials to U.S. News and World Report, The National Law Journal, Politico, The New York Law Journal, among others.  In September 2010, Ms. Marziani was invited to testify on the constitutionality of filibuster reform before the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.

Mimi also serves an NYU adjunct professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, teaching undergraduate students about how constitutional law influences public policy debates.

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Trudy Lieberman

trudy-lieberman.jpgTrudy Lieberman, a journalist for 40 years, is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health. She was recently director of the health and medical reporting program at the Graduate School of Journalism, City University of New York and had a long career at Consumer Reports specializing in insurance, health care and health care financing. She was also the director of the Center for Consumer Health Choices at Consumers Union.

She is a contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review, a contributor to The Nation, and has written a column about health and the marketplace for the Los Angeles Times. She blogs on health care and income security issues at cjr.org for the Columbia Journalism Review. She began her career as a consumer writer for the Detroit Free Press where her reporting became a model for consumer writers across the country.

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Michael Mandel

Michael is a regular with us on Business Matters and always brings a clear and discerning eye to what’s going on in the economy. For many years, Michael was a economics writer and then chief economist at Business Week. Today, he is the chief economics strategist at the Progressive Policy Institute, CEO of Visible Economy and a senior fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School’s Mack Center for Technological Innovation.
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