Conversation will focus on getting dark money out of politics
San Jose, CA – California State Senate candidate Ann Ravel will host an online conversation with Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig on Tuesday, July 28, at 5:30 PM PST. They will discuss their efforts to remove dark money from politics and how to take back our democracy so our government works better for everyone. Members of the press are invited to attend and can RSVP for the event here.
“The crisis in American democracy can be traced to the fact that too many of our leaders no longer represent us,” said Lessig. “We need to elect leaders like Ann Ravel who are committed to standing up to the corrupting influence of dark money in politics, and I look forward to speaking with her about reclaiming our democracy.”
“The key to making sure our government works for all of us is ensuring that our elections are transparent and accountable,” said Ravel. “Professor Lessig is one of our leading experts on this issue, studying the harmful impact of dark money on our politics and advocating for campaign finance reform.”
Lessig is one of the nation’s leading voices on campaign finance and government reform. He is a lawyer, a Harvard professor, and the former director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard. He is the founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption, and serves on the advisory boards of numerous good government groups including the Sunlight Foundation, Better Future Project, Represent.Us and MapLight. He is the author of They Don’t Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy and Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It.
Ravel’s lifetime of public service has been defined by her fights to protect consumers and empower voters. Twice she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in his administration – first fighting on behalf of consumers at the Department of Justice, then working to make our elections fairer and more transparent as head of the Federal Elections Commission.
Ravel was also appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Chair of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission, leading a first-in-the-nation fight against the Koch Brothers and their illegal dark money network. As Santa Clara County’s chief attorney, she took on tobacco companies and won support for better healthcare, won pioneering cases protecting consumers, was a champion of a precedent-setting case to safeguard children from lead paint, and has always strongly defend equality for all.
To learn more about Ann Ravel’s campaign and see her growing endorsement list, visit www.RavelforCA.com.