New Yorker investigative reporter Jane Mayer, philanthropist and political scientist James Piereson and businessman J. Adam Abram discussed the impact of big money on American democracy and governance in a public lecture at Duke University on Thursday, Jan. 29 in the Sanford School of Public Policy's Fleishman Commons.
Professor of Law and Public Policy Joel Fleishman moderated the panel, which examined how the influx of money is shaping policy agendas.
Mayer, a reporter for The New Yorker, has written about money in politics for more than a decade, with articles covering spending from both liberals and conservatives, including George Soros, the Koch brothers and Art Pope. She received the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting in 2012 for her article on North Carolina state politics.
Piereson is president of the William E. Simon Foundation, a private foundation which has interested in education, religion and the problems of youth. He is also a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.
Abram is CEO of the James River Group and chair of the Sanford School Board of Visitors. The talk was live streamed.