Maryland Carey Law Dean Donald B. Tobin joined a group of distinguished scholars, practitioners and analysts at the U. S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) June 23 for “Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence,” a day-long forum organized by FEC Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub.
Tobin, a nationally recognized authority on the intersection of tax and campaign finance law, participated in a panel considering the corporate, communications and tax laws that affect the role of foreign nationals and corporations in campaign finance. He is quoted in the Moyers & Company story "Getting Illegal Foreign Money Into US Campaigns? It's Easy, Experts Say" along with other panelists who included John Coates of Harvard Law School, Robert Jackson of Columbia Law School and Mace Rosenstein of Covington & Burling.
Other sessions explored the definition of “foreign money,” where it’s coming from, and how it’s being raised and spent overall and by corporations in this election cycle as well as what the FEC should do about it. Panelists included Norman J. Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute, Sheila Krumholz of the Center for Responsive Politics and Jared DeMarinis, Director, Candidacy and Campaign Finance Division of the Maryland State Board of Elections.