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Panel Will Discuss Supreme Court Decision on Corporations’ Political Spending

February 22nd, 2010

Story Contact: Nathan Hurst, 573-882-6217,

WHAT: The University of Missouri School of Law will host a panel to discuss the recent U.S. Supreme Court case striking down independent corporate campaign spending laws, leading to controversy over corruption in campaigns.

The panelists represent the legal, economic and political perspectives and will give insight into what the ruling will mean for campaign funding and lobbying as well as what political fundraising is actually like.

WHO: The panel will consist of MU law professor Richard Reuben, MU economics professor Jeff Milyo and Missouri state representative Chris Kelly.

Reuben believes the recent decision is a clear case of conservative judicial activism demonstrating a dangerous disregard for constitutional precedents, mainly liberal ones, and the consequences. Reuben received his doctoral degree in law from Stanford Law School and has been with MU since 2000, coming from Harvard Law School as Hewlett Senior Fellow in dispute resolution.

Milyo, the Middlebush Professor of Social Science at the University of Missouri, is an expert in American political economics and believes the ruling is in alignment with previous precedent and does not constitute a threat to democracy. Milyo received his doctorate from Stanford University and acts as professor in the Department of Economics and the Truman School of Public Affairs at MU, the Hanna Family Scholar for the Center for Applied Economics at the University of Kansas School Of Business as well as a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

Kelly is a Missouri state representative from the 24th district, which includes Columbia, and is a member of the ethics, judiciary and elections committees among others.

The panel will be moderated by Rigel Oliveri, an associate professor of law at the MU School of Law.

WHERE: Room 112, Hulston Hall Court Room, Hulston Hall, MU Campus

WHEN: 1 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22