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This is a special opportunity for members of Clean Elections Texas. You can still participate on this call, by clicking on Join to become a member of Clean Elections Texas (minimum $5) or by clicking on Donate to give a tax deductible donation to Clean Elections Texas Education Fund. What: Conference Call with Adam Skaggs
When: 4pm, Friday, Feb. 10th

RSVP: Response needed: liz@cleanelectionstx.org
Those who sign up will receive an individual email with a phone number and access code to join the call.

We are so excited to offer you this opportunity! We will get to hear directly from Adam Skaggs, an attorney with the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU*, who has been in the forefront on the issues of money in politics. He will talk briefly about:

1. Supreme Court decisions and their effect on public

funding,

2. deciding on the next steps needed to repair our

damaged campaign finance system, and

3. working on state legislation for public funding,

with an emphasis on public funding for judicial offices.

We will then have time for Q&A. The call is planned for about 45 minutes to an hour. In the comfort of your own home you will have a chance to talk with a leading expert on campaign finance and ask him questions - should be great!

Adam Skaggs is senior counsel for the Brennan Center's Democracy program. He works on a range of issues related to money in politics, judicial independence, and voting rights. Before joining the Brennan Center, he was a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he served as pro bono counsel to the Brennan Center on numerous matters. His political commentary has been published in the National Law Journal, The New Republic and U.S. News and World Report, among other publications, he has been widely quoted by media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today, and he has appeared on Fox News, CNN, NPR, and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show. Mr. Skaggs graduated summa cum laude with a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a member of the Brooklyn Law Review. He subsequently clerked for Judge Stanley Marcus of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Judge Edward Korman, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Skaggs received an M.S. in Urban Affairs from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and holds a B.A., awarded with distinction, from Swarthmore College. About the Brennan Center for Justice and campaign fiance reform:
From its beginning 15 years ago, the Brennan Center has been a leading intellectual and legal force for strong and effective campaign laws. The Center believes that public financing of elections, robust disclosure laws, and other campaign reforms will reduce the power of money and special interests in our elections and return voters to the center of our democracy.

In 2003, we were co-lead counsel successfully defending the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law in McConnell v. FEC. In March 2011, we were co-lead counsel defending the Arizona Clean Elections law in Arizona Free Enterprise Club v. Bennett. In addition to briefing the merits, we enlisted 17 amicus briefs in support of public financing. We also defended the Maine public financing law on a procedural appeal to the Supreme Court, and the Connecticut Clean Elections system federal court. Finally, the Brennan Center has been active in defending robust disclosure rules in federal and state courts and before state administrative agencies.

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