Will Super PACs Determine the 2012 Election?


The Advisory Committee on Transparency is hosting an event, “Will Super PACs Determine the 2012 Election? Should they be more transparent?” on Monday, January 23rd at 2:15 p.m. in Rayburn 2203.

Super PACs have fundamentally changed the relationship between money and politics, and all too often are misunderstood. These new vehicles for political advocacy have upended traditional political alliances, infused tremendous amounts of undisclosed (or partially disclosed) money into the political system, and kicked off controversies over what our 21st century democracy should look like.

We are pleased to present the preeminent experts who will discuss what the public knows — and should know — about Super PACs, including the reporter who coined the term “Super PAC” and leading advocates on both sides of the transparency question. We will explore the legal limits of what can be disclosed about Super PACs, and the policy questions around what the public has a right to know.


  • Eliza Newlin Carney: Staff Writer for CQ Roll Call covering the issues of lobbying and influence
  • Allen Dickerson:Legal Director and Interim Executive Director of the Center for Competitive Politics
  • Mimi Marziani: Counsel for the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
  • Paul Ryan: FEC Program Director and Associate Legal Counsel at the Campaign Legal Center
  • Daniel Schuman: Policy Counsel at the Sunlight Foundation and Director of the Advisory Committee on Transparency

We hope you can join us. Please RSVP to http://snlg.ht/RSVPSuperPAC

The Advisory Committee on Transparency educates policymakers on transparency-related issues, problems, and solutions and shares ideas with members of the Congressional Transparency Caucus. It hosts events to discuss important and wide-ranging transparency policy issues with experts from a variety of backgrounds and develops educational publications and provides timely information to the public and members of Congress. Learn more at http://transparencycaucus.org.