February 22 Friday

Unmasking “Dark Money”— The Tangled Relationship between Compelled Donor Disclosure, Anonymous Speech, and the Reporters’ Privilege

  • Friday, February 22, 2019 at 12:00PM - 2:00PM
  • Baker Hall Room 405
  • Open To The Yale Community
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This event will explore the potential implications for journalists and their confidential sources of ongoing efforts to compel the disclosure of sources of so-called “dark money” in candidate and issue campaigns. Is the push to unmask dark money a threat to anonymous speech in other contexts, and how might the legal standards developed in that context impact the relationships between reporters and their confidential sources?

A question and answer session for both journalists and lawyers will follow a discussion of the issues among:

Floyd Abrams, Senior Counsel, Cahill, Gordon & Reindel, LLP (moderator)

Allen Dickerson, Legal Director, Institute for Free Speech

Paul Ryan, Vice President of Policy & Litigation, Common Cause

David Schulz, Co-Director, MFIA Clinic and Senior Counsel, Ballard Spahr, LLP

This is “brown bag lunch”—bring yourself a sandwich and we provide soft drinks, coffee and cookies.  

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