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October 26, 2011

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold to speak at UO Today

Lecture will focus on the role of corporations in the economy and elections

Senator Russ Feingold will explore the controversial topic of corporate electioneering in a lecture titled “Corporate Power in Politics and the Economy: What the Citizens United Decision Means for Our Democracy.” The event takes place at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the Erb Memorial Union Ballroom on the UO campus.

The event will be webcast live starting 3:30 p.m. at this link. The video will be available online after the event as well.

Sen. Feingold will serve as the Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics during his visit to the University of Oregon. For 30 years, the Wayne Morse Chair for Law and Politics has been held by distinguished scholars and activists who embody the qualities and traditions associated with former Oregon Senator Wayne Morse.

“Senator Feingold is very much in the tradition of Wayne Morse, who was also a progressive from Wisconsin and a lawyer by training. We admire Feingold’s record of courageous votes and bi-partisan legislative accomplishments,” said Wayne Morse Center Director Margaret Hallock.

Feingold was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011. He is well known for his lone dissent against the Patriot Act and his attempts to limit the corrosive influence of corporate money in politics. An honors law graduate of Harvard Law School and Oxford University as well as a Rhodes Scholar, Feingold now teaches at Marquette University School of Law. In 2011, he founded Progressives United, a political action committee dedicated to shining the spotlight on corrupt corporate interests in government.

The event is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and is part of the Lorwin Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating will be in the Giustina Ballroom of the Ford Alumni Center.

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