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Former Lab Fellow Richard Painter publishes book on campaign finance reform

January 26, 2016

“Taxation Only with Representation: The Conservative Conscience and Campaign Finance Reform” by Richard W. Painter

Author Richard Painter was President George W. Bush’s chief White House ethics lawyer, and he is now a law professor at the University of Minnesota. He wrote the book throughout 2014 and 2015 with the financial support of a full year residential fellowship from Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. 


Letter from the Director

September 1, 2015

More than 200 years into the modern experiment with democratic forms of rule, democratic aspirations continue to founder on the rocks of racial and ethnic hierarchies, and other patterns of domination constructed on social categorizations of difference. Meeting these challenges requires rigorous ethical reflection.

In the case of the U.S., fifty years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, African American disadvantage continues to be entrenched; Latino disadvantage, too, has emerged as a pressing problem as has a low level of political engagement among Asian Americans. In Europe, we are witnessing the . . . Read more

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