Big Money, Dark Money: Can Public Funding Mend America's Broken Government?

January 23, 2014
Hosted by Té Revesz

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It’s been 4 years since the Citizens United decision injected a tsunami of corporate cash into the US election process. The pending decision on McCutcheon vs FEC threatens to pour more dark money into the process. My guests, Barbara Lawton, CEO of Americans for Campaign Reform & Charlies Kolb, Pres. of the French-American Foundation (and former Bush 1 domestic policy advisor) look at how the money flood is damaging the US’ ability to govern itself, its economy, companies and investors. Is the US‘s future as a world leader and economic engine in jeopardy? Quite possibly. But, my guests agree, there is a solution. Fair Elections: combining small citizen donations with public funds can result in a more accountable and effective government. How does it work? Karen Scharff, Exec. Director of Citizen Action of NY talks about the NYC system and a most promising breakthrough on the State level. What are the chances that the Congress can pass Fair Elections? What other solutions are there?

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Té Revesz

Té Revesz

Té Revesz is known for her ability to conduct strategic research on a global basis and for her creativity in handling complex business challenges.

As principal of GlobalReach-SBI, a research and consulting firm with a network spanning over 60 countries, Té provides clients with strategic intelligence on market opportunities and threats. She covers such diverse areas as global branding, new product development, payment cards, clinical trials, and political risk. An expert in primary research, Té has interviewed business, government and labor leaders, doctors and technical experts—and managed focus groups—around the world. She was profiled in Super Searchers Go to the Source as one of the top US interviewers.

Prior to founding her own firm, Té headed the Industrial & Healthcare Practices of FIND's Strategic Consulting & Research Group and taught at the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch/CUNY). She was the Editor of Business International’s flagship newsletter and helped create its country risk service.

An NYC native, Té is active with Citizen Action, the URJ’s Commission on Social Action, and NY Neighbors for American Values (defending religious freedom, diversity and equality). She holds a Masters from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs and a BA from Goucher College. She’s an avid bike rider, theater buff and farmers market supporter—and the bemused owner of 2 demanding felines.

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