Campaign finance reform symposium slated for Monday at Cal Poly

An entrance to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
An entrance to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A discussion on campaign finance reform titled “Money in Politics: What Could Go Wrong?” will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in the Spanos Theatre at Cal Poly.

The talk is hosted by the College of Liberal Arts.

Political science professor Michael Latner will lead the panel featuring Trevor Potter, former commissioner and chairman of the Federal Election Commission; Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School professor and author; Hedrick Smith, a Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy award-winning reporter and producer; and William Ostrander, Citizens Congress 2014 director.

Potter served as a commissioner on the FEC from 1991 to 1995 and as chairman in 1994. He was general counsel to John McCain’s presidential campaign and legal counsel to Stephen Colbert’s SuperPac, “Americans for a Better Tomorrow.”

Lessig directs the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard and founded Rootstrikers, a network of activists fighting government corruption.

Smith has covered a range of issues with The New York Times.

Ostrander’s work focuses on a national strategy for campaign finance reform.