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Third annual Betta
‘Dark money .
Ehrenfeld Public Policy Forum
by Lorry Fleming
Coastal Journal contributor
DAMARISCOTTA
— In
this tumultuous election year,
a number of issues dominate
the landscape. Everything
from minimum wage to health
care and immigration policy
have been discussed at water
coolers and on television news
ad nauseam, and it’s only July.
One might call this political
season a particularly hot one.
One sizzling topic is that of
“dark money” in politics, the
big bucks that flow into cam-
paigns in ways that seem at
odds with what the democratic
process was originally intend-
ed to be.
This is the topic of the 2016
Betta Ehrenfeld Public Policy
Forum, to be held at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, in Darrows Barn at
Damariscotta River Asscoia-
tion’s Round Top Farm.
The Betta Ehrenfeld Forum
is presented by the Frances
Perkins Center.
This year’s forum will fea-
ture speaker Nicholas Penni-
man, co-author of a new book
(with Wendell Potter), “Nation
on the Take: How Big Money
Corrupts our Democracy and
What we Can Do About It,”
and professor William Leucht-
enburg of the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
who is the pre-eminent schol-
ar of the New Deal and the
presidency of Franklin Delano
Roosevelt. Penniman is for-
mer publisher of the Washing-
ton Monthly magazine, and is
currently executive director of
Issue One, a Washington, D.C.
nonprofit focusing on reducing
the influence of money in pol-
itics.
The discussion will be mod-
erated by John Rauh of New
Hampshire, founder of Ameri-
cans for Campaign Reform.
Michael Chaney, executive
director of the Frances Perkins
Center, says this year’s topic is
the result of five years of liv-
ing with the Supreme Court’s
“Citizens United” decision,
which deregulated political
spending by corporations and
unions.
“Since the Supreme Court’s
‘Citizens United’ decision in
2011, a flood of unidentified
sources of money have flowed
into the federal election pro-
cess,” Chaney said. “The con-
sequences of this have been a
part of a national discussion
over the past five years. Nick
Penniman’s latest book, ‘Na-
tion on the Take,’ provides a
thorough analysis of what has
happened and what actions
can be taken to correct what
is frequently called a ‘rigged’
system of elections.”
The book, and the Issue One
organization, focuses on sev-
eral concerns surrounding the
current methods used to fttnd
political campaigns.
Should the supporter of a
candidate or policy initiative
with the deepest pockets be
able to buy their way into pol-
icy making, or put themselves
in the position of favor-gather-
ing after an election?
Is that simply the oil that’s
needed to keep these politi-
cal machines running – and is
perpetuating the pröcess really
desired?
What about the enormous
amount time elected officials
spend raising money?
According to Penniman,
nearly 80 percent of the public
has indicated in a recent poll
that they want to see “sweep-
ing changes” to the campaign
finance system. He said that
“matching funds” programs
like New York’s, and Maine’s
own “Clean Election Act,”
work to “democratize political
power, as it should be in our
republic.”
“Dark money, specifically,
can be dealt with by two sim-
ple tweaks,” Penniman said.
“The first is to require 501 (c)4
‘social welfare’ organizations,
which are being misused as
political attack vehicles, to
disclose their donors and their
spending. The second is to re-
quire corporations to disclose
their political spending.”
Penniman also points out
that members of Congress
spend 30 to 50 percent of their
time raising fixnds from major
donors. “The endless chase
JULY 7,2016
OX “I’ll E
WENDELL POTTER
& NICK PENNIMAN
Courtesy photo
Nicholas Penniman, co-author
with Wendell Potter of “Nation
on the Take: How Big Money
Corrupts our Democracy and
What We Can Do About It,” is
one of the speakers at the third
annual Betta Ehrenfeld Public
Policy Forum on Tuesday.
for cash is repelling the best
of them from offce, and de-
terring great citizens from run-
ning.”
“Nation on the Take” makes
clear how the manipulation of
policy-making affects the ev-
eryday lives of Americans, but
goes a step further, Penniman
Please see FORUM on PAGE 42


Betta Ehrenfeld Public Policy
Forum in Damariscotta
In this presidential election year,
the nation faces a crisis of confidence
in the democracy. This summer,
the Frances Perkins Center’s •third
annual Betta Ehrenfeld Public
Policy Forum will feature William
Leuchtenburg, William Rand Kenan
Jr. professor emeritus of history at
the University of North Carolina at
Chapel’ Hill; and Nick Penniman,
co-author with Wendell Potter
of “Nation on the Take: How Big
Money Corrupts our Democracy
and What We Can Do About It.”
The forum will take place at 4 p.m.,
Tuesday, July 12 at the Round Top
Farm’s Darrows Barn, 3 Round Top
Lane, Damariscotta.
The forum will include an
interactive discussion of the extent
to which dark money has permeated
the government and an exploration
of constructive -suggestions about
what ordinary citizens can do
about it. The discussion will be
moderated by John Rauh of New
Castle, N. H. , a businessman,
former candidate for U. S. Senate,
and founder of Americans for
Campaign Reform, an organization
advocating for public financing of
federal campaigns.
Iæuchtenburg is the preeminent
scholar of the New Deal and the
presidency of Franklin Delano
Roosevelt. He has written more
than two dozen books on 20th
century American history, his
most recent being “The American
President: From Teddy Roosevelt
to Bill Clinton.” Leuchtenburg will
describe how big money came to
invade political campaigns and
government.
Penniman is a journalist and
the executive director of Issue
One, a Washington, D.C.-based
nonprofit whose mission it
Nick Penniman
is to
Bill Leuchtenburg
reduce the influence of money
in politics. Moyers & Company’s
Michael Winship calls “Nation on
the Take” “a stunning indictment
of the corrosive influence of money
in politics.” The New York Journal
of Books said that “‘Nation on the
Take’ is breathtaking in the level
of detail for Washington K Street
transgressions and the national
landscape of politics and money.
If one is still on the sidelines for a
personal campaign to restore the
democracy, this book will incite
a riot in one’s conscience and
illustrate some things people can
do to take back this country. This
book is no less than a clarion call to
the American people to rise up and
release these ties that bind.”
Tickets for the Betta Ehrenfeld
Public Policy Forum are $35 per
person and may be ordered online
at francesperkinscenter.org (under
“events”) or by calling the center
at 563-3374. A reception will follow
the forum.
Bridge group
The Lincoln Home Bridge Group
met Tuesday, June 28. The high
scorers were Dick Hood and Judy
Hope, of Bristol; and Doris Bailey,
of Topsham.
Bridge players are welcome to
join in the games, which are held on
Tuesday mornings in the activities
River Road, Newcastle. For more
information and/or to save space at
a table, phone the group organizer
at 563-3655.


Betta Ehrenfeld Public Policy
Forum in Damariscotta
In this presidential election
year, the U.S. faces a crisis of
confidence in the democracy.
Fittingly, this summer, the
Frances Perkins Center’s third
annual Betta Ehrenfeld Public
Policy Forum will feature William
Leuchtenburg, the William Rand
Kenan Jr. professor emeritus of
history at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, and
Nick Penniman, co-author with
Wendell Potter of “Nation on the
Take: How Big Money Corrupts
our Democracy and What We
Can Do About It.” The forum will
take place at 4 p.m., Tuesday,
July 12 at the Round Top Farm’s
Darrows Barn, 3 Round Top Lane,
Damariscotta.
The forum will include an
interactive discussion of the
extent to which dark money has
permeated the U.S. government
and an exploration of constructive
suggestions about what we as
ordinary citizens can do about it.
The discussion will be moderated
by John Rauh of New Castle,
N.H.; Rauh is a businessman,
former candidate for U. S. Senate,
and founder of Americans for
Campaign Reform, an organization
advocating for public financing of
federal campaigns.
Leuchtenburg is the pre-
eminent scholar of the New Deal
and the presidency of Franklin
Delano Roosevelt. He has written
more than two dozen books on
William Leuchtenburg
Nick
“Nation
Penniman, co-author of
on the Take: How Big
Money Corrupts our Democracy
and What We Can Do About It.”
20th century American history, his
most recent being “The American
President: From Teddy Roosevelt
to Bill Clinton.” He will describe
how big money came to invade
U.S. political campaigns and the
nation’s government.
Penniman is a journalist and the
executive director of Issue One, a
Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit
organization whose mission it is
to reduce the influence of money
in politics. Moyers and Company’s
Michael Winship calls “Nation on
the Take” “a stunning indictment
of the corrosive influence of money
in politics.” The New York Journal
of Books said that “‘Nation on the
Take’ is breathtaking in the level
of detail for Washington K Street
transgressions and the national
landscape of politics and money.
If you are still on the sidelines for
your personal campaign to restore
our democracy, this book will
incite a riot in your conscience
and illustrate some things we as
a people can do to take back our
country. This book is no less than
a clarion call to the American
people to rise up and release these
ties that bind.”
Tickets for the Betta Ehrenfeld
Public Policy Forum are $35 per
person and may be ordered online
francesperkinscenter.org,
at
under “events,” or by calling 563-
3374. A reception will follow the
forum.


THE BETTA EHRENFELD
PUBLIC POLICY FORUMS
FROM THE FRANCES PERKINS CENTER
How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and
What we Can Do About It
Nick Penniman,
Executive Director, Issue One
and co-author,
Moderator: John Raum
Businessman, former candidate
for U.S. Senate, and Founder of
Americans for Campaign Reform
William Leuchtenburg,
William Rand Keenan Professor
Emeritus, University of
North Carolina and author,
Join us on Tuesday, July 12 at 4:00 p.m.
DRA’s Darrows Barn at Round Top Farm
3 R0JAi Lane, Damariscotta, Maine
Vine and Hors ttoeuvro iofollou’
THE FRANCES PERKINS CENTER
For tickets ($35 per person) and more information, visit the events page at www.francesperkinscenter.org,
call 207-563-3374, or email info@francesperkinscenter.org.