Faculty

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Professor of Law

A.B., Harvard University
J.D., Columbia School of Law

Phone: 727-562-7856
Email: [email protected]
Office: CR-211 (Gulfport)

Courses
Constitutional Law, Election Law, First Amendment, Business Entities and Corporate Governance

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is a professor teaching courses in Election Law, Corporate Governance, Business Entities, and Constitutional Law. Prior to joining Stetson's faculty, Professor Torres-Spelliscy was counsel in the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law where she provided guidance on the issues of money in politics and the judiciary to state and federal lawmakers. She was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP and a staffer for Senator Richard Durbin.

Professor Torres-Spelliscy has testified before Congress, and state and local legislative bodies as an expert on campaign finance reform. She has also helped draft legislation and Supreme Court briefs.  She is the editor of the 2010 edition of the Brennan Center's campaign finance treatise, "Writing Reform: A Guide to Drafting State and Local Campaign Finance Laws."

She researches and speaks publicly on campaign finance law as well as judicial selection. She has spoken at symposia and other events at 49 universities around the nation, including Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. She presented at the 2013, the 2015, the 2018, the 2019, and the 2020 Annual Conventions of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and at the 2014, 2018, and 2019 Annual Convention of the American Constitution Society (ACS), and the 2011, the 2014, and the 2016 Annual Conventions of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL). In 2016 she spoke at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) at a forum on dark money and foreign money in U.S. elections. In 2018, she spoke at the International Society of Public Law's ICON-S conference in Hong Kong.

She is the author of the book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State (Carolina Academic Press, 2016), and the book Political Brands (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019).

Featured Publications

Additional publications are available on SSRN.

Deregulating Corruption

The Roberts Supreme Court has spent the last twelve years branding and rebranding the meaning of the word “corruption” both in campaign finance cases and in certain white-collar criminal cases. This Article explores what the Supreme Court has done to rebrand corruption.

From a Mint on a Hotel Pillow to an Emolument

Is President Trump illegally profiting from the Presidency? Answering this question actually requires complex constitutional interpretation that breaks new legal ground and could change e rules for all future presidents.

As well as publishing in law reviews, such as the Harvard Law & Policy ReviewNYU Law Review Online, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, and the Montana Law Review,  Professor Torres-Spelliscy has been published in The Washington Post, New York Times, New York Law Journal, Slate, L.A. Times, U.S. News and World Report, Boston Review, Roll Call, Business Week, Forbes, The Atlantic, USA Today, Business Ethics Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, The Hill, Huffington Post, The Root.com, Judicature, The Nation, Salon.com, Talking Points Memo, Tampa Bay Times, The Progressive, CNN.com, Medium, Shondaland, and the ABA Judges Journal. She has also been quoted by the media in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, Time, Bloomberg, Mother Jones, Newsweek on Air, SCOTUS Blog, Politico, Slate, The National Journal, USA Today, L.A. Times, Boston Globe, NBC.com, Vox, VICE, Five Thirty Eight, WMNF, Sirius Radio, National Public Radio, Fox, Voice America, CSPAN, DNA TV, and NY1.

In 2014, Stetson University College of Law awarded Professor Torres-Spelliscy the Dickerson-Brown award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship. In 2013, Professor Torres-Spelliscy was named as a member of the Lawyers of Color's "50 Under 50" list of minority law professors making an impact in legal education. She was awarded tenure in 2016. In 2017, she was elected to be Chair of the AALS Section on Election Law for a term that started in 2018. She was awarded the Homer & Dolly Hand Award for Excellence in Faculty Research by Stetson University in 2019. In 2020, Professor Torres-Spelliscy was elected to be a member of the AALS Section on Constitutional Law Executive Committee.

Professor Torres-Spelliscy is a Brennan Center Fellow, a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, a member of the Board of Directors of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute on Money in State Politics, which was awarded the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. 

Publications

Books

Political Brands (Elgar Publishing 2019).

Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State
(Carolina Academic Press 2016).  

Law Review Articles

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, The Political Branding of Us and Them: The Branding of Asian Immigrants in the Democratic and Republican Party Platforms and Supreme Court Opinions 1876-1924, 96(4) NYU L. Rev. 1214 (Oct. 2021). 

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Elegy for Anti-Corruption Law: How the Bridgegate Case Could Crush Corruption Prosecutions and Boost Liars, 69 American University Law Review 1689 (2020).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Deregulating Corruption, 13 Harvard Law & Policy Rev. 471 (2019).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, From a Mint on a Hotel Pillow to an Emolument, 70 Mercer L. Rev. 705 (Spring 2019).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Time Suck: How the Fundraising Treadmill Diminishes Effective Governance, 42 (2) Seton Hall Legislative Journal 271 (2018). 

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Campaign Finance, Free Speech, and Boycotts, 41 Harvard J. of L. & Public Policy 153 (2018).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Dark Money as a Political Sovereignty Problem, 28 (2) Kings L.J. 239 (2017).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Shooting Your Brand in the Foot: What Citizens United Invites, 68 Rutgers U. L. Rev. 1295 (Spring 2016).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Slaves to the Bottom Line: The Corporate Role in Slavery from Nuremberg to Now, 46(1) Stetson L.R. 167 (Fall 2016).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, A locked iPhone; Unlocked Corporate Constitutional Rights, 164 Penn L. Rev. Online 287 (2016).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Corporate Democracy from Say on Pay to Say on Politics, 30(2) Constitutional Commentary 431 (Summer 2015).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Electoral Silver Linings after Shelby, Citizens United and Bennett, 17 Berkeley J. Afr.-Am. L. & Pol'y 103 (2015).

Kathy Fogel, Rwan El-Khatib, Nancy Chun Feng & Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Compliance Costs and Disclosure Requirement Mandates: Some Evidence, 27(1) Research In Accounting Regulation 83–87 (April 2015).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Kathy Fogel & Rwan El-Khatib, Running the D.C. Circuit Gauntlet on Cost-Benefit Analysis after Citizens United: Empirical Evidence from Sarbanes-Oxley and the JOBS Act, 9 Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol'y 135 (2014).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, The Democracy We Left Behind in Greece and McCutcheon, 89 NYU L. Rev. Online 112 (2014).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Safeguarding Markets from Pernicious Pay to Play: A Model Explaining Why the SEC Regulates Money in Politics, 12(2) Connecticut Public Interest L. J. 361 (2012-2013).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Taking Opt-In Rights Seriously: What Knox v. SEIU Could Mean for Post-Citizens United Shareholder Rights, 74(1) Montana L. Rev. 101 (2013).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, How Much Is an Ambassadorship? And the Tale of How Watergate Led to a Strong Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and a Weak Federal Election Campaign Act, 16(1) Chapman L. Rev. 71 (Spring 2012).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, The $500 Million Question:  Are the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations Really State PACs Under Buckley's Major Purpose Test?, 15 NYU J. of Legislation & Public Policy 485 (Spring 2012).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy & Kathy Fogel, Shareholder-Authorized Corporate Political Spending in the United Kingdom, 46 U. of San Francisco L. Rev. 479 (Spring 2012).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Has the Tide Turned in Favor of Disclosure? Revealing Money in Politics After Citizens United and Doe v. Reed, 27 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 1057 (Summer 2011).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Hiding Behind the Tax Code, the Dark Election of 2010 and Why Tax-Exempt Entities Should Be Subject to Robust Federal Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws, 16 Nexus: Chap. J. L. & Pol'y 59 (2011).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy & Ari Weisbard, What Albany Could Learn from New York City: A Model of Meaningful Campaign Finance Reform in Action, 1 Albany Gov't L.R. 194 (2008).

Ciara Torres, Housing in the Heartland: An Examination of the Hollman v. Cisneros Consent Decree, the Politics of Racial Concentration and the Possibilities Offered by Democratic Experimentalism, 17 Nat'l Black L.J. 98 (2003).

Book Chapters

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Corporate Political Spending & Shareholders' Rights: Why the US Should Adopt the British Approach in Risk Management and Corporate Governance, Jalilvand & Malliaris, eds., Routledge (2011).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Monique Chase and Emma Greenman, Improving Judicial Diversity, in Women and the Law, Moriarty, ed., Thompson West Reuters (2009).

Book Reviews

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Book Review of Capitalism v. Democracy in Political Science Quarterly (Fall 2015).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Book Review of The Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction in Judicature (Nov./Dec. 2012).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Book Review of The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy in Just Books (Apr. 22, 2010). 

Policy Reports

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Boycotting the President's Brand: Commercial Reactions to Trump 2015-2017 (Corporate Reform Coalition 2018).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Dark Money, Black Hole Money, and How to Solve It, in What's the Big Deal? Recommendations for Improving Law and Policy in the Next Administration, (American Constitution Society Oct. 2016.)

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, How the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Could Require Transparency for Corporate Political Expenditures (Scholars Strategy Network 2015).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, The SEC and Dark Political Money: An Historical Argument for Requiring Disclosure (Corporate Reform Coalition 2013).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Transparent Elections after Citizens United (Brennan Center 2011).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Ed., Writing Reform: A Guide to Drafting State & Local Campaign Finance Laws (Brennan Center 2010 Revised Edition).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Corporate Campaign Spending: Giving Shareholders A Voice (Brennan Center 2010).

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Kahlil Williams & Dr. Thomas Stratmann, Electoral Competition and Low Contribution Limits (Brennan Center 2009).

Presentations

  • Spoke remotely at the 2022 Widener Commonwealth Law Review Symposium about voting rights and elections on April 1, 2022.
  • Spoke remotely about how money in politics intersects with voting rights at the American Constitution Society’s Stetson Chapter event entitled “The Unequal Vote” on March 8, 2022. 
  • Spoke remotely on a panel about money in politics and ghost candidates in Florida at the First Amendment Law Review Annual Symposium 2022 on “Election Speech and the First Amendment” at the University of North Carolina School of Law on Jan. 21, 2022.
  • Spoke remotely at Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) 2021 about money in politics, campaign finance law, the Supreme Court and dark money on December 8, 2021.
  • Guest taught Stetson Law’s Honors Colloquium about the Supreme Court, the Big Lie, and Voting Rights Limits on Sept. 15, 2020. 
  • Participated remotely in the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Business and Human Rights Virtual Expert Consultation on the matter of Corporate Capture on Aug. 11, 2021.  
  • Spoke on a panel about money in politics in Jennifer Taub’s book Big Dirty Money at Law & Society’s 2021 Virtual Conference on May 29, 2021.
  • Spoke remotely to Building Bridges for America book club about Adam Jentleson’s Kill Switch about filibuster reform, corporate money in politics and H.R. 1 on May 3, 2021.
  • Spoke remotely on a panel with Erwin Chemerinsky, Michael S. Kang, and Jacob Eisler, at the University of Illinois Law Review Symposium: "The Government's Speech and the Constitution" sponsored by the University of Illinois Law Review and The Byron R. White Center for the Study of American Constitutional Law (University of Colorado Boulder) on April 16, 2021.
  • Appeared as the featured guest on Dahlia Lithwick’s Slate legal podcast Amicus in the episode called “Et tu, Coca-Cola?” about corporate political activity and her book Political Brands on Apr. 10, 2021.
  • Spoke on a panel called “Political Campaigns: Perspectives from Abroad” about her book Political Brands and the 2020 American election at the American Branch of the International Law Association’s (ABILA) and the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia School of Law’s symposium entitled Democracy and Governance in the Internet Era on Apr. 7, 2021.
  • Spoke remotely to Craig Holman at George Washington University about campaign finance in the 2020 American federal election on Mar. 8, 2021.
  • Spoke remotely to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) about two works in progress, “The Political Branding of COVID-19: A Narrative Explained by President Trump’s Five Stages of Grief” and “The Political Branding of Immigrants in the Democratic and Republican Party Platforms and Supreme Court Opinions 1876-1924” on Mar. 1, 2021.
  • Spoke on a panel of a Webinar entitled “The First 100 Days of a New Administration” about executive orders and impeachment for the Stetson University College of Law community on February 15, 2021.
  • Spoke remotely at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC at an event hosted by the Florida League of Women Voters about the Constitution, campaign finance and legal challenges in 2020 election on Dec. 17, 2020.
  • Spoke remotely on a panel entitled “NYS Election Reform 2021: The Three Most Important Things” at the NYC Bar Association’s Election Law, Government Ethics and State Affairs, and NYC Affairs Committees on Dec. 16, 2020. Co-panelist included Douglas A. Kellner, Co-Chair of the NYS Board of Elections; Jorge L. Vasquez, Jr. of the Advancement Project; Assembly Member Charles D. Lavine, Former Senator Martin E. Connor, Senator Zellnor Myrie; and Vice Dean Franita Tolson of USC Gould Law.
  • Spoke remotely on a panel with Professor Barry McDonald about the differences between Bush v. Gore in 2000 and the 2020 post-presidential-election litigation by Donald Trump for the America Constitution Society (ACS) Pepperdine Law Chapter on Nov. 20, 2020.
  • Spoke on a panel called “Blueprint for Democracy: How We Can Stop Being Ripped Off” about the dangers of dark money hosted by Common Cause Ohio on Nov. 16, 2020.
  • Spoke remotely to the Pinellas Democrats about the 2020 elections in Florida, her book Political Brands, and post-election litigation by President Trump’s lawyers on Nov. 12, 2020.
  • Spoke on a webinar panel with the Dean of Stetson Law School Michèle Alexandre entitled “Community Conversation on the Legal Aspects of the 2020 Election” on Nov. 5, 2020.
  • Spoke on a webinar panel with the President of Stetson University Christopher F. Roellke entitled “President's Weekly Update: 2020 Election, What Happened?” on Nov. 5, 2020.
  • Spoke on a panel with University of Chicago Professor Geoffrey R. Stone about the First Amendment, the 2020 election and her book Political Brands in New America’s online symposium “Free Speech Project: Do We Need a First Amendment 2.0?” on Oct. 28, 2020.
  • Featured in the documentary film, “Fish in a Barrel,” about the 2016 election released in October 2020.
  • Spoke remotely to Stetson Law Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) about voting safely in 2020 on Oct. 21, 2020.
  • Spoke on a panel about campaign finance, the 2020 elections and her book Political Brands at the 2020 Election Speakers Series put on by the University of Dayton School of Law and the University of Dayton Human Rights Center on October 16, 2020.
  • Spoke at a memorial for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg organized by U.S. Congressman Charlie Crist about her impact on constitutional law and election law on Oct. 9, 2020.
  • Spoke remotely on a panel discussing “Building a More Inclusive Democracy” at NYU Law School’s Voting and Representation Symposium, Oct. 8, 2020.
  • Featured in a Common Sense Education video, “Political Ads on Social Media: Selling the Truth?” Oct. 8, 2020.
  • Featured in a Vox and Netflix documentary entitled Whose Vote Counts Explained, episode 2, “Can you buy and Election?” Sept. 28, 2020.
  • Spoke remotely to students at UCLA about the 2020 Election and her book, Political Brands on Oct. 1, 2020.
  • Spoke on a Stetson University panel webinar about Student Political Engagement and the 2020 Election on Oct. 1, 2020.
  • Spoke on a panel with Professor Daniel Smith of the University of Florida, Allison Ross of the Tampa Bay Times, and Patricia Brigham President of the Florida League of Women Voters for the Florida Chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network webinar about Florida Elections in 2020 on Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Spoke to the Corporate Reform Coalition remotely on September 23, 2020.
  • Spoke at the American Constitution Society (ACS) South East Regional Convening’s Event on Supreme Court Voting Cases remotely on September 23, 2020.
  • Guest taught Election Law at USC Gould School of Law remotely on September 16, 2020.
  • Guest taught the Honors Colloquium at Stetson University College of Law remotely on September 2, 2020.
  • Spoke remotely to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) about her book Political Brands, the Supreme Court’s Bridgegate decision and conducting the 2020 elections during the coronavirus pandemic on May 15, 2020.
  • Spoke remotely about her book Political Brands, COVID-19, and the 2020 election at the “Feeling Democracy: A Conference on Politics and Emotions” at the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University on Apr. 17, 2020.
  • Spoke on the American Promise National Call about campaign finance law on Mar. 9, 2020.
  • Spoke to the Stetson Law Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) about her book Political Brands on Mar. 4, 2020. 
  • Spoke on a panel "The Role of Election Law" at a Conference entitled "Can American Democracy Survive the 2020 Elections?" at UC Irvine Law School on Feb. 28, 2020. 
  • Testified at the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing about Citizens United at 10: The Consequences for Democracy and Potential Responses by Congress, Feb. 6, 2020.
  • Spoke on the campaign finance panel at the American University Law Review's “Democracy and the Law: 2020” symposium on January 31, 2020 in Washington DC about corruption, campaign finance and the Bridgegate case pending before the Supreme Court.
  • Spoke on a panel entitled “Revisiting Campaign Finance Regulation 10 Years After Citizens United,” hosted by the American Constitution Society at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16, 2020.
  • Spoke about the chapter “Branding Racism” in her book Political Brands on a panel entitled “American Democracy 2020: Commemorating the 15th & 19th Amendments amidst the Third Wave of Autocratization” at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) sponsored by the Minority Groups, Civil Rights, Election Law and Constitutional Law Sections of AALS on Jan. 4, 2020.
  • Spoke about Branding Truth and Branding Corruption at "The Chat with the Author of Political Brands Ciara Torres-Spelliscy" at Public Citizen in Washington D.C. on Jan. 3, 2020.
  • Spoke at the Bryan Glazer JCC and the League of Women Voters in Tampa about her book Political Brands on Dec. 12, 2019.
  • Guest lectured about corporate constitutional rights and her book Political Brands at Harvard Law School on Nov. 21, 2019.
  • Discussed corporate personhood and the 2020 election in her books Corporate Citizen and Political Brands at the University of Oklahoma Law School's symposium “The Roots and Legacies of Dartmouth College v. Woodward, the Supreme Court Decision that Turned Corporations into Constitutional ‘Persons'” Nov. 15, 2019.
  • Addressed the fellows at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law about the book Political Brands and the 2020 election on November 8, 2019 in New York City.
  • Addressed the Harvard Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge about her book Political Brands focusing on money in politics on October 30, 2019. 
  • Addressed the 2020 election, political advertising and campaign finance and her book Political Brands at ACS Northwestern at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago on October 29, 2019. 
  • Gave a book talk about her book Political Brands and the emoluments lawsuits to the ACS UChicago at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago on October 28, 2019. 
  • Spoke about her book Political Brands and corporate political spending at the Virginia State Capitol House Office Building in Richmond, Virginia on October 21, 2019.
  • Spoke about her book, Political Brands, at UCLA Law School on Oct. 11, 2019.
  • Spoke on a panel about administering campaign finance law at the C. Boyden Gray Center for the study of the Administrative State at Antonin Scalia Law School Symopium on Administering Democracy on Oct. 4, 2019. 
  • Spoke at the Yale Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) about lawyers, guns and money in her new book “Political Brands” including the topics of money in politics, Emoluments lawsuits, and branding the NRA post-Parkland on September 9, 2019 in New Haven.
  • Spoke on an American Constitution Society (ACS) Webinar, "What's Next: Will the Mueller Report Lead to Impeachment?" on Aug. 13, 2019. 
  • Spoke to the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa about pending election law cases and the pending U.S. Census 2020 case in their Supreme Court Insight program on June 13, 2019.
  • Spoke on a plenary panel entitled "After Trump: Reforming Government and Repairing Democracy" at the American Constitution Society's (ACS) 2019 National Convention in Washington D.C. on June 8, 2019.
  • Participated in Safeguarding Against Distortions of Scientific Research in Federal Policymaking working group, hosted by UCI Center for Law Environment and Natural Resources and the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington D.C. on May 21, 2019.
  • Participated in the "Clean Slate Convening on Empowering Labor Law Reform by Updating Other Legal Regimes" at Harvard Law School on May 9, 2019.
  • Spoke to the Stetson Law Chapter of the American Constitution Society about the American Legislative Exchange Council on Mar. 26, 2019.
  • Guest taught a class about her forthcoming book "Political Brands" in Data and Democracy course at Duke Law School, Mar. 19, 2019.
  • Spoke about her forthcoming second book "Political Brands" at Notre Dame Law School's Campaign Finance Symposium on Feb. 8, 2019 in South Bend, Indiana.
  • Spoke at AALS Election Law Section about "Protecting American Democracy from Foreign Inference" on Jan. 4, 2019 in New Orleans.
  • Moderated a debate on Writing the 28th Amendment at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Nov. 19, 2019.
  • Spoke at the Mary L. Hilfiker Symposium titled "Free Speech and Campaign Finance: Debating the First Amendment and Citizens United" on Oct. 18, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
  • Spoke at Mercer School of Law at the “Corporate Law in the Trump Era” Symposium about three on-going emoluments lawsuits against the President on October 5, 2018 in Macon, Georgia.
  • Spoke at Washington & Lee Law School's faculty workshop about her new book in progress, “Political Brands” on September 24, 2018 in Lexington, Virginia.
  • Spoke at the Washington & Lee Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) about branding and political parties on September 24, 2018 in Lexington, Virginia.
  • Spoke at 2018 SEALS conference about corporate personhood in the Supreme Court's Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission on August 11, 2018.
  • Spoke at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law about political branding on July 27, 2018.
  • Spoke at the 11th Circuit Year in Review hosted by the American Constitution Society's Tampa Lawyer Chapter at the Chester H. Ferguson Law Center on July 18, 2018 about Hand v. Scott. 
  • Spoke on a panel entitled "The Comparative Law of Democracy," at the International Society of Public Law's ICON-S conference in Hong Kong on June 26, 2018 about fundraising burdens for Members of Congress.
  • Moderated a panel entitled "To Amend or Not to Amend: What Path to Keeping Money Out of Politics?" at The American Constitution Society (ACS) 2018 National Convention in Washington, DC on June 8, 2018.
  • Spoke about political parties and branding on a panel about "The First Amendment and Regulation of Political Parties" at the "The Constitution & Political Parties Symposium" Hosted by the Stanford Law School Constitutional Law Center on May 19, 2018.
  • Spoke about election security and federalism on a panel at the American Constitution Society's (ACS) event “Firewalling Democracy” at Google's DC office on May 7, 2018 with co-panelists Election Assistance Commission Chair Thomas Hicks; Philippa (Pippa) Scarlett, former Deputy Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at the White House; Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology; and Laura Rosenberger, Senior Fellow and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy.
  • Spoke on an Election Law Panel at the Federalism Past, Present, and Future Symposium at Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, California on March 23, 2018.
  • Spoke on a panel about the Special Counsel for ACS Stetson Chapter on March 20, 2018.
  • Spoke on a panel on "Foreign Influence in American Elections," at the Unrig the System Summit at Tulane University in New Orleans on February 2, 2018.
  • Presented her paper "Time Suck" in the New Voices in Legislation to the AALS Section on Legislation & Law of the Political Process on January 4, 2018 in San Diego, CA.
  • Spoke on a panel hosted by the American Constitution Society's Stetson Chapter "Supreme Court Preview" about Gill v. Whitford on Oct. 26, 2017.
  • Spoke on a panel entitled "Should Citizens United be Overturned?," at SEALS 2017 conference in Boca Raton on Aug. 4, 2017.
  • Spoke with Professor Rick Hasen on a panel entitled "The First Amendment and Political Speech in Campaign Finance Law" at California State Fullerton's Communications Week on April 25, 2017.
  • Spoke on a panel entitled "Framing the Big Picture, the legal and constitutional role of corporations in our democracy" with Professors Jennifer Taub and Elizabeth Pollman at Stetson Law Review's symposium on March 24, 2017.
  • On March 4, 2017, Professor Torres-Spelliscy spoke at the Federalist Society's 2017 National Student Symposium, on a panel called “Campaign Finance and Free Speech” at Columbia Law School. The Moderator was Hon. Richard J. Sullivan, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. The other member of the panel were:
  • Prof. Brad Smith, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law, Capital University Law School; Former FEC Commissioner
  • Prof. Richard Pildes, Sudler Family Professor of Constitutional Law, New York University School of Law; and
  • Prof. John O. McGinnis, George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law.
  • Addressed the Florida Veterans for Common Sense about her book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State in Sarasota, FL on Dec. 15, 2016.
  • Addressed the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) 2016 Conference about "Campaign Finance Cases by the Clock: A Short Review of Major Cases" in New Orleans on Dec. 11, 2016.
  • Spoke on a Panel about Political Brands in the Age of Trump at Wesleyan Media Project 2016 Post-Election Conference on Dec. 5, 2016.
  • Addressed the Cardozo Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) about her book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State on Nov. 11. 2016.
  • Addressed Civic Hall in New York City about her book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State on Oct. 27, 2016.
  • Addressed Public Citizen about her book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State on Oct. 7, 2016 in Washington, D.C.
  • Addressed the Columbia Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) about her book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State on Sept. 20, 2016.
  • Spoke on a panel at the Federal Election Commission (FEC)'s Forum on Corporate Political Spending and Foreign Influence on June 23, 2016.
  • Spoke on a panel entitled "The $10 Billion Election: New Approaches to the study of Campaign finance in the post-Citizens United World" at Purchasing Power conference organized by the Scholars Strategy Network, Yale ISP, the Ford Foundations and Open Society Foundation on June 16, 2016 in New York.
  • Spoke on a panel entitled "What is Wrong with the First Amendment" at the Law and Society Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 3, 2016.
  • Addressed the Money in Politics Legal Convening at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on May 25, 2016.
  • Spoke on a panel entitled "Real Action, Real Hope" at Annual meeting of The National Institute on Money in State Politics in Bigfork, MT on May 21, 2016.
  • Spoke on a panel entitled "Interest Group Advertising, Corporate Spending, and Brand Identity" at the "Money and the First Amendment" symposium at University of Colorado at Boulder Law School sponsored by the Leroy Keller Center for the Study of the First Amendment and the Byron R. White Center on April 15, 2016.
  • Spoke on a panel at the Center for American Progress's event "Our Democracy at Risk: How We Can Reclaim It" on April 12, 2016 about corporate money in politics.
  • Spoke on a panel about corporate culpability for human rights abuses at Criminal Liability 2.0 Symposium at Stetson University College of Law on Feb. 19, 2016.
  • Spoke on a panel entitled, "Plutocracy, Race, and Democracy in 2016" at Common Cause's “Blueprint for a Great Democracy” conference in Washington DC on Mar. 8, 2016.
  • Addressed the Mexican Electoral Tribunal in Mexico City on Oct. 16-17, 2015 at the invitation of the University of Texas at Austin and the Mexican government. She spoke about the unraveling of Watergate era money in politics reforms and about enforcement of campaign finance laws in New York City, New York State and American federal elections.
  • Presented her forthcoming paper, “Shooting Your Brand in the Foot: What Citizens United Invites” at Zicklin School of Business, CUNY Baruch College in New York, NY on Sept. 8, 2015.
  • Moderated a panel on "Small Donors vs. Super PACs" at a Brennan Center, New York City Campaign Finance Board and Committee for Economic Development Symposium on American Elections at the Crossroads at NYU School of Law on July 22, 2015. Panelists included Congressman Sarbanes, City Council Member Lander, Jay Costa and Paul S. Ryan.
  • Presented on a panel entitled “The Implications of Citizens United and McCutcheon for Campaign Finance and Beyond” at The Law of Democracy at a Crossroads: Reflecting on Fifty Years of Voting Rights and the Judicial Regulation of the Political Thicket Symposium at The Florida State University Law School in Tallahassee, FL on Mar. 28, 2015.
  • Presented at the 2015 Annual Convention of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) on a panel entitled “Citizens Invited: Scholars and Professors in the Campaign Finance Wars” on Jan. 4, 2015. The panel was moderated by Professor Richard Albert and included the following co-panelists Professors Joshua Douglas, Joseph R. Fishkin, Lawrence Lessig, Eugene D. Mazo, Spencer Overton, Jamin Ben Raskin, Bradley A. Smith, Zephyr Teachout and Franita Tolson. She spoke about meritocracy and money in politics.
  • Addressed the Harvard Club of Sarasota on Dec. 12, 2014. Her talk was entitled “Money in Politics after Citizens United” and included a discussion of current campaign finance jurisprudence surrounding pay to play, the regulation of corporate political spending and transparency, as well as updates on reform efforts at the FCC, FEC, SEC and IRS.
  • Presented on a panel entitled “Can Someone Please Turn on the Lights? Ensuring Transparency When Non-Profits Engage in Lobbying and Political Activities” at the 2014 Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on Dec. 10, 2014. She spoke about constitutional ways to regulate dark money. Co-Panelists included the Chairman of the FEC Lee Goodman, the Director of the Maryland State Board of Elections Jared DeMarinis, and Executive Director of the Texas Ethics Commission Natalia Luna Ashley.
  • Presented on a panel on “Money in Politics and Democracy” with co-panelists John Bonifaz, Professor Mark Alexander, Professor Larry Lessig, and Moderator FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub at Harvard Law School's Symposium on “Advancing a New Jurisprudence for American Self-Government and Democracy” on Nov. 7, 2014. She spoke about how money in American politics places meritocracy at risk.
  • Presented her paper, “Safeguarding Markets from Pernicious Pay to Play: A Model Explaining Why the SEC Regulates Money in Politics,” at the 11th Circuit Legal Scholarship Forum 2014 at Stetson Law School on Oct. 11, 2014.
  • Presented on a panel regarding "When Corporate and Election Law Collide: A Century of Regulating Money in Politics," at 2014 Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS), Aug. 6, 2014.
  • Presented on a panel on "Beyond Citizens United and McCutcheon: What Next for Campaign Finance Regulation?" at the Annual Convention of the American Constitution Society (ACS) in Washington, D.C. on June 21, 2014.
  • Presented on a panel on "The Emerging Ecology of Money & Politics" at the annual meeting of the National Institute on Money in State Politics at Bigfork, Montana on May 31, 2014.
  • Presented on a panel on "Democratic Values," at the Mertz Gilmore Foundation in New York, NY on May 7, 2014.
  • Moderated a panel on "Alternative Approaches to Political Cases" at Brennan Center's Symposium on Money in Politics 2030: Towards a New Jurisprudence at NYU School of Law on May 2, 2014.
  • Presented her article, “Safeguarding Markets from Pernicious Pay to Play: A Model Explaining Why the SEC Regulates Money in Politics,” at the Democracy in America: Participation and Social Justice Symposium at Stetson University's DeLand Campus on March 28, 2014.
  • Presented on a panel on “Weighing the Policy Implications of Justice at Risk: How Empirical Findings Should Inform the Choice of State Judicial Selection” at the Justice at Risk Symposium at Vanderbilt Law School on Mar. 21, 2014 cosponsored by the American Judicature Society and the American Constitution Society.
  • Presented on a panel on “Quantifying the Problem of Corporate Money in Politics” at the Symposium Taking Stock of Citizens United: How the Law Has (and Has Not) Changed Four Years Later at Stetson Law School on Feb. 28, 2014 cosponsored by the Stetson Law Review, the Corporate Reform Coalition and the American Constitution Society.
  • Presented on a panel on Political Money and Economic Inequality at the Brennan Center for Justice's symposium "The Governing Crisis & Democratic Dysfunction: Exploring Solutions" on Feb. 12, 2014 at NYU School of Law.
  • Presented on a panel on regulating corruption at Duke Law School's symposium on "The Future of Campaign Finance Reform" hosted by the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy on Feb. 7, 2014.
  • Presented on a panel on financial disclosures at Vermont Law Reviews "Disclosure Debates" symposium at Vermont Law School on Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Presented on a panel on campaign finance at the National Press Club at the invitation of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law on June 18, 2013.
  • Presented on a panel at the "Bright Minds, Dark Money: Transparency 2013" Conference hosted by the National Institute on Money in State Politics in Big Fork, Montana on May 31, 2013. She presented her forthcoming law review article, Safeguarding Markets from Pernicious Pay to Play: A Model Explaining Why the SEC Regulates Money in Politics, 12(2) Connecticut Public Interest Law Journal __ (2013), http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2184554.
  • Presented on a panel at the "Under the Influence, Interest Groups, Lobbying and Campaign Finance" Conference at the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at Buffalo Law School on Mar. 9, 2013.  She spoke about the phenomenon of customer boycotts of corporate political activity.
  • Presented on a panel at the Federal Courts Law Review's Annual Symposium on Election Law in the Federal Courts on Feb. 22, 2013 at Charleston Law School. She presented her forthcoming Montana Law Review article, "Taking Opt-In Rights Seriously. What Knox v. SEIU Could Mean for Post-Citizens United Shareholder Rights."
  • Presented on a panel organized by the Joint Section on Internet and Computer Law and Mass Communication Law at the 2013 Annual Meeting of AALS in New Orleans. She spoke about the misuse of the NAACP line of cases and dark money in elections, as well as her law review article, "Has the Tide Turned in Favor of Disclosure?"
  • Presented on a panel at UCLA Law School's David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Symposium entitled, "A 28th Amendment? Legal Issues, Remedies and Strategies to Get Money Out of Politics" on Nov. 17, 2012.  She spoke about the role of nonprofits in politics after Citizens United.
  • Presented on a panel at the University of Connecticut Law School Symposium entitled "Buying Your Vote? Citizens United, Super PACs and the Future of Campaign Finance in America." She spoke in favor of SEC petition 4-637 which would require transparency for corporate political spending.
  • Presented "How Much Is an Ambassadorship?" at the Honorable James R. Browning Symposium on Election Law at the University of Montana Law Review on Sept. 28, 2012.
  • Presented "The $500 Million Question:  Are the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations Really State PACs Under Buckley's Major Purpose Test?," 15 NYU J. of Legislation & Public Policy 485 (Spring 2012), http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1988603, at the Law & Society Conference 2012 in Honolulu in June 2012.
  • Presented on a panel to the National Policy Council of the AARP in Chicago on May 24, 2012 about Citizens United.
  • Presented "The $500 Million Dollar Question," at the Annual Meeting of the National Institute on Money and State Politics on May 14, 2012. 
  • Presented a paper about the Democratic and Republican Governors Associations and the regulation of money in politics at the "Legal Theory Speaker Series," at the University of Miami Law School, Feb. 2012.
  • Presented a paper on the Federal Election Campaign Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act at Chapman Law School's Symposium on "The 40th Anniversary of Watergate: A Commemoration of the Rule of Law," Jan. 2012.
  • Presented on a panel on independent expenditures at the "Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL) Conference," in Nashville, Dec. 2011.
  • Presented a paper on Buckley's Major Purpose Test and the Regulation of Corporate Money in Politics at the "Florida Legal Scholars Forum," at Stetson University College of Law, Nov. 2011.
  • Presented on a panel on campaign finance at the "Citywide Seminar on Ethics in New York City Government," at New York Law School, May 2011.
  • Moderated panel on corporate law at "Accountability after Citizens United" Symposium at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, April 2011.
  • Presented on a panel on judicial selection at New England Law School - Boston, Apr. 2011.
  • Presented on a panel on campaign finance law at CUNY-Baruch College School of Public Affairs' "Eighth Annual Public Affairs Week," Mar. 2011.
  • Presented on a panel on campaign finance law at University of San Francisco Law School Symposium, "Democracy Inc.," Feb. 2011.
  • Presented on a panel on corporate law at "Citizens United an Intersection of Laws" Symposium at Georgia State University College of Law, Nov. 2010.
  • Presented on a panel on campaign finance law at "Citizens Divided About Citizens United" Symposium at Chapman Law School on Oct. 2010.
  • Presented a paper on campaign finance at "Fourth International Colloquium on Corporate Political Activity," at Long Island University, CW Post Campus, May 2010.
  • Presented a paper on campaign finance at "The Case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission: Supreme Court Decision on Corporate Campaign Expenditures" at Rutgers Eagleton Institute on Politics, April 2010.
  • Presented a paper on campaign finance at Loyola University Chicago's "Corporate Risk Management Conference," Oct. 2009.
  • Presented on a panel about judicial selection at "Obama and Article III Judges," at Harvard Law School, Oct. 2009.

In the News


Authored Pieces

“21 Things We Learned about Money in Politics in 2021,” Brennan Center Blog, Dec. 6, 2021. 

“Lawyers Risk Their Law Licenses Helping Smarmy Politicians,” Washington Monthly, Dec. 4, 2021.  

“A Little-Noticed Supreme Court Ruling Could Help Build A Dam Against Foreign Money In American Elections,” Talking Points Memo, Oct. 20, 2021. 

“Red State Lawmakers Preempt Campaign Finance Laws in Blue Cities,” The Regulatory Review, Sept. 23, 2021. 

“The Supreme Court Moves the Goalposts on Donor Transparency,” Brennan Center Blog, July 13, 2021.

“One of the oldest problems in America persists: How to protect the voting rights of non-white citizens,” SCOTUS Blog, July 6, 2021.

“What A Profane Cheerleader’s Case Could Mean For Jan. 6 Insurrectionists,” Talking Points Memo, June 23, 2021.

“More Shareholders Seek Transparency on Corporate Political Spending and Climate Change,” Brennan Center Blog, June 16, 2021.

“How Matt Gaetz’s Legal Problems Could Lead to Campaign Finance Violations,” Talking Points Memo, May 25, 2021.

“Beware of ‘Scam PACs’ and PACs that Scam,” Brennan Center Blog, May 11, 2021.

“Much Depends on Supreme Court's Review of Dark Money Case,” Common Dreams, Apr. 25, 2021.

“The Supreme Court’s Looming Dark Money Decision,” Brennan Center Blog, Apr. 23, 2021.

“Georgia’s Unique And Bloody History With Voter Disenfranchisement,” Talking Points Memo, Apr. 6, 2021.

“Corporate Backers of Georgia's New Voter Suppression Law,” Common Dreams, Apr. 5, 2021.

“Georgia’s New Voter Suppression Law and Corporate Support,” Brennan Center Blog, Apr. 3, 2021.

“Dark Money Dirty Tricks in Florida,” Brennan Center Blog, Mar. 23, 2021.

 “How the Biden Administration Can Increase Transparency for Corporate Political Spending,” Brennan Center Blog, Mar. 19, 2021.

 “Jan 6 Gives Us Yet Another Reminder That We Need To Know How Corporations Spend Money In Politics,” Talking Points Memo, Mar. 10, 2021.

“The risks of corporate political spending after the Jan. 6 insurrection,” Tampa Bay Times, Feb. 26, 2021.

“Supreme Court Ducks an Opportunity on Trump Emoluments Cases,” Brennan Center Blog, Feb. 19, 2021.

"With Second Impeachment, Trump Finds Sudden Respect for the Constitution," Brennan Center Blog, Feb. 8, 2021.

“Follow the Money Behind the Capitol Riot,” Brennan Center Blog, Jan. 25, 2021.

“How the Capitol Riot Is Affecting Corporate Political Spending,” Brennan Center Blog, Jan. 14, 2021.

“Transparency for Democracy’s Sake,” Brennan Center Blog, Dec. 21, 2020.

“20 Things We Learned about Money in Politics in 2020,” Brennan Center Blog, Dec. 8, 2020.

“Giuliani Whiffed On A Legal Question Every Law Student Knows The Answer To. But The Underlying Issue Is More Complex Than It Seems,” Talking Points Memo, Nov. 18, 2020.

“The Most Expensive Election Ever,” Brennan Center Blog, Nov. 11, 2020.

“How Trump’s Tax Records Could Point to Campaign Finance Violations,” Brennan Center Blog, Oct. 16, 2020.

 “Steve Bannon’s Dark Money Nonprofit Is in Deep Trouble,” Brennan Center Blog, Oct. 13, 2020.

“Why is Florida screaming about the pay-to-vote system it created?” The Hill, Oct. 1, 2020.

“Election 2020: Will this year be a contested presidential election?” ABC Action News, Sept. 30, 2020.

“Court Strikes Blow Against Dark Money Just in Time for the 2020 Elections,” Truth Out, Sept. 5, 2020.

“Corporate-Backed State Attorneys General Seek End to Obamacare,” Truth Out, Sept. 1, 2020.

“Bribery Charges in Ohio Illuminate the Dangers of Dark Money,” Brennan Center Blog, August 6, 2020.

“The Unlikely Winner In The SCOTUS Trump Tax Cases: Summer Zervos,” Talking Points Memo, July 28, 2020.

“Is Facebook Caving on Political Ads?” Brennan Center Blog, July 15, 2020.

“Supreme Court Allows States to Punish ‘Faithless’ Electoral College Voters,” Brennan Center Blog, July 6, 2020.

“The Pandemic Has Revealed America’s Impatience. But America Will Need Patience in the 2020 Election,” ProMarket, June 25, 2020.

“Will FL’s System of Felon Pay-To-Vote Disenfranchisement End in Time for November?” Talking Points Memo, June 23, 2020.

“This Faithless Electors Supreme Court Case Could Have Major Consequences for Presidential Races,” Brennan Center Blog, June 22, 2020.

“Follow the Money Behind Anti-Abortion Laws,” Brennan Center Blog, May 26, 2020.

“Elections During a Crisis: Vote-By-Mail is One of Several Solutions,” Talking Points Memo, May 22, 2020.

"A Win for Public Financing at the Supreme Court," Brennan Center Blog, May 15, 2020.

"The Voting Rights of Florida Citizens Hang in the Balance Once Again. The trial in Jones v. DeSantis started last week.” Talking Points Memo, May 8, 2020

“What Edgar Allan Poe’s Death And Voter Fraud Myths Have In Common,” Talking Points Memo, Mar. 12, 2020.

"Excerpts from Ciara Torres-Spelliscy's book Political Brands, " Election Law Blog, Feb 17 - 20, 2020. 

"The Easy and Not So Easy Fixes to an Election Meltdown, "Balkinization, Feb. 26, 2020.

"The SEC's Shareholder Voting Reform Runs Counter to Attempts at Democratizing Corporate America," Pro-Market, Feb. 25, 2020. 

"How Corporate Law Can Help Democracy Post-Citizens United," Brennan Center Blog, Jan. 21, 2020.

“What Rod Blagojevich's Double Impeachment Could Mean for Trump,” Brennan Center Blog, Jan. 16, 2020.

Citizens United Made My Career: I Wish It Had Never Happened,” American Constitution Society Expert Forum, Jan. 14, 2020.

“The Supreme Court Is Killing Contribution Limits Softly; A Few Years from Now They Likely Will Be Dead.” Harvard Law Review Blog, Dec. 29, 2019.

“19 Things We Learned about Money in Politics in 2019,” Brennan Center Blog, Dec. 18, 2019.

“Impeachment Inquiry Throws Spotlight on Family Favoritism in Politics,” Truth Out, Nov. 29, 2019.

The Supreme Court Considers Political Lies in the Bridgegate Case," TruthOut, Nov. 6, 2019.

“2020 Democrats Are Getting Edgier to Try to Attract Young Voters. Will It Work?,” Teen Vogue, Oct. 30, 2019.

"Congress Has Used Campaign Finance for Impeachment Before: Here's How to Do it Now," ACS Expert Forum, Sept. 26, 2019.

"The FEC is Paralyzed. It Could Not Come at a Worse Time," Talking Points Memo, Sept. 24, 2019. 

“Federal Appeals Court Rules Trump Can Be Sued for Unconstitutional Profiteering,” TruthOut, Sept. 17, 2019.

“Trump's Judicial Picks Are Gutting Campaign Finance Law,” Law360, Sept. 12, 2019.

“Everyone is talking about 1619. But that's not actually when slavery in America started.” Washington Post, Aug. 23, 2019.

"Election Security Lessons from DEFCON 27," Brennan Center Blog, Aug. 20, 2019.

"SoulCycle's Halo Loses Luster over Political Fundraiser for Trump," Corporate Reform Coalition Blog, Aug. 20, 2019.

"How the Supreme Court is Rebranding Corruption," Pro Market, Aug. 8, 2019. 

“When You Use Campaign Funds To Pay For Your Pet Rabbit's Trip, You're Doing It Wrong,” Talking Points Memo, June 27, 2019.

“Unenforced Campaign Laws Will Be Broken Again,” Brennan Center Blog, June 14, 2019.

“Ignoring the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution Could Cost Trump.” National Law Review, May 21, 2019.

"Don't Rebrand Corruption," Common Dreams, May 17, 2019.

"Will the Supreme Court Go Nativist?" Brennan Center Blog, Apr. 29, 2019.

"Luckily for the Trumps, Some Laws are Hard to Break," The Atlantic, Apr. 21, 2019.

"What the Teapot Dome Scandal Has to do with Trump's Tax Returns," Brennan Center Blog, Apr. 15, 2019.

“The Sheer Weirdness of an Illegal Inaugural,” Common Dreams, Apr. 6, 2019.

"As the Muller Investigation Closes, New York Investigations Shift into High Gear," Just Security, Mar. 29, 2019.

"The President Who Keeps Crying Wolf," The Globe Post, Mar. 26, 2019. 

"Beware of Scam PACs in this Crowded Presidential Field," Brennan Center Blog, Mar. 19, 2019. 

"How Will the Courts Handle the Trump Emoluments Cases?," Truth Out, Feb. 21, 2019.

"Netflix for Democracy," Brennan Center Blog, Jan. 17, 2019.

"Trump Tries to Undermine Mueller Indictments' Legitimacy," The Atlantic, Jan. 13, 2019.

“From the Boston Tea Party to #GrabYourWallet,” Medium, Dec. 16, 2018.

“Fixing Campaign Finance Needs to Be at the Center of Democracy Reform,” Common Dreams, Nov. 27, 2018.

“Florida Voters Have the Chance the Expand the Franchise in 2018,” Harvard Law Review Blog, Oct. 11, 2018.

"Why the U.S. Has the Campaign Finance Laws that Michael Cohen Broke and What Their History Means for Trump," Time, Aug. 23, 2018.

"You Know Election Systems Are in Trouble When it Takes an 11-Year-Old 10 Minutes to Change the Result," Brennan Center Blog, Aug. 14, 2018.  

"Encouraging Progress in Prying Open Trump's Finances," Common Dreams, Aug. 7, 2018.

"What You Need to Know About Florida's Voting Rights," Shondaland, July 24, 2018.

"7 Legal Experts on How Kavanaugh Views Executive Power - and What it Could Mean for Mueller," Vox, July 11, 2018.

"It's Time for Florida to Join the Rest of the Union on Voting Rights," Brennan Center Blog, June 27, 2018.

"The Curious Campaign Role of Donald Trump's Foundation,” Truth Out, June 18, 2018.

"Missouri's Dark Money Scandal, Explained," Salon, June 2, 2018.

"Parkland High School Students Show Remarkable Political Savvy," Common Dreams, June 2, 2018.

"Is Trump's Demand for an Investigation into the FBI Legal?," Vox, May 21, 2018.

"Does 'We the People' Include Corporations?," ABA Human Rights Magazine, 2018. 

"Did Rudy Giuliani Just Get Trump in Legal Trouble?," Vox, May 3, 2018.

"A Brief Explainer on Trump's Forgotten Lawsuits," Shondaland, Apr. 6, 2018. 

"Why Federalism Keeps Me Up at Night," Brennan Center Blog, Mar. 28, 2018. 

"Why Does it Matter if the NRA Used Russian Money to Help Donald Trump's Election," National Law Review, Mar. 19, 2018.

"So Far Trump's Re-election Campaign Looks Like a Bankruptcy," Truth Out, Mar. 15, 2018.

"The Cautionary Tale of Abe Fortas," Brennan Center Blog, Feb. 6, 2018.

"Welcome to Florida, Voters (Votantes, Bienvenidos a Florida)," Shondaland, Jan. 24, 2018.

"An Insidious Foreign Dark Money Threat," New York Daily News, Jan. 19, 2018.

"Oprah for President 2020?," Truth Out, Jan. 12, 2018.

"Seventeen Things We Learned About Money in Politics in 2017," Truth Out, Dec. 27, 2017.

"Vet Them Now or Vet Them Later," Common Dreams, Dec. 26, 2017.

"Congress Could Hardwire Dark Money Into Our Democracy," The Hill, Dec. 4, 2017.

"Trumpland Has 'the Sky is Green' Problem," Truth Out, Nov. 26, 2017.

"The Supreme Court is the Only Institution in the US that Can Solve the Gerrymandering Problem," Truth Out, Oct. 26, 2017.

"What Drives Climate Change Denial?  Campaign Donations and Lobbying,"  Brennan Center Blog, Sept. 19, 2017.

"Can Trump Pardon Himself and his Children?," Salon, Sept. 14, 2017. 

"More Loving Families and Fewer Barry Blacks, " Huffington Post, Aug. 15, 2017.

"Trump is Already Profiting from his 2020 Campaign," Truth Out, Aug. 9, 2017.

"Yes. Violating Certain Campaign Finance Laws Is a Criminal Offense," Moyers & Co., July 13, 2017.

“Dark Money Turns Elections Into Trench Warfare,” Moyers & Co., June 21, 2017.

"Democracy Fails the Turing Test," Brennan Center Blog, Apr. 28, 2017.

"Will Neil Gorsuch Make the Supreme Court the Handmaiden of Corporations?," Truth Out, Apr. 13, 2017.

"Gorsuch Could Undermine Trump Travel Ban," Real Clear Policy, Mar. 22, 2017.

"The Worst $1 Million Trump Ever Saved," Common Dreams, Mar. 9, 2017.

"Trump Shows That Money in Politics Still Counts," Truth Out, Jan. 16, 2017.

"Three Men in a Room: The D.C. Edition," Moyers & Co., Dec 6. 2016.

"Why Private Prison Company GEO Goup Backed Donald Trump," Truth Out, Dec. 6, 2016.

"Drain the Swamp, Indeed." Truth Out, Nov. 18, 2016.

"Utilities Cloud Solar Power in Sunshine State," Common Dreams, Nov. 3, 2016.

"Breaking the Fourth Wall of Democracy," Bill Moyers, Oct. 20, 2016.

"What's the Matter with Kansas: the Voting Edition," Jurist, Sept.  25, 2016.

"Corporations in Politics are like a Tractor-Trailer Drifting into Your Lane," Common Dreams, Sept. 26, 2016.

"Team USA Looks A Lot Like the New American Electorate," Brennan Center Blog, Aug. 19, 2016.

"Florida is Running Out of Time to Give All Voters Equal Early Voting," Tampa Bay Times, Aug. 16, 2016.

"Could Florida of All Places Be a Leader in Campaign Finance Reform?," Brennan Center Blog, Aug. 8, 2016.

"The Strange Legal Marriage of the Anti-Choice Movement and Campaign Finance," Guernica, July 20, 2016.

"Cutting Corners in a Federal Campaign is Criminal," The Hill, June 30, 2016.

"Why 'Made in America' May Not Mean What You Think," Truth Out, June 29, 2016.

"Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State," ACS Book Talk, June 14, 2016.

"Clearing the Landmines of the Roberts Court," Brennan Center Blog, May 6, 2016.

"The Finances of Second Chances," Truth Out, Mar. 29, 2016.

"The Trump Campaign is brought to you by Trump Inc.," Truth Out, Mar. 17, 2016.

"As Candidates Vie For the ‘Anti-Establishment' Label, Real Establishment Lives On," Moyers & Co., Feb. 16, 2016.

"Congressional Handcuffs Should Not Block SEC From Dark Money Work," Truth Out., Jan. 21, 2016.

"2016 Will Test the Power of Super PACs," Moyers & Company, Jan. 7, 2016.

"Fifteen Things We Learned About Money in Politics in 2015," Truth Out, Dec. 31, 2015.

"Death, Chocolate and the Corporate Court," Medium, Dec. 18, 2015.

“The South Doesn't Have a Monopoly on our Racist History,” Guernica, July 9, 2015.

“The FEC and the Breakdown of the Rule of Law,” Brennan Center Blog, June 22, 2015.

“Like Man Bites Dog. The Roberts Court—and Roberts himself—upholds a campaign finance rule.” Guernica, May 4, 2015.

"A Slow-Motion Car Crash," Truth Out, May 23, 2015.

"The Smart Alice Vote," Huffington Post, Apr. 19, 2015.

"Why Cert. Denied Can Be the Sweetest Two Words," Truth Out, Mar. 24, 2015.

"Court Ruling Drowned Politics in Dark Money," Orlando Sentinel, Mar. 13, 2015.

"Dark Money Could Get Even Darker," Truth Out, Feb. 22, 2015.

"The Astronomical Scale of Money in Politics," Brennan Center Blog, Jan. 13, 2015.

"Who's Afraid of Shareholder Democracy?," Moyers & Company, Dec. 15, 2014.

"While No One Noticed, Did Vermont Just Win a Big Case Against The Republican Governors Association?" Truth Out, Dec. 10, 2014.

"Can Lisa Simpson Become President?" Huffington Post, Nov. 5, 2014.

"My One Minute of Campaign Finance Fame," Truth Out, Oct. 19, 2014.

"Erasing History One forgotten Political Expenditure at a Time," The Progressive, Sept. 5, 2014.

"Quid Pro Whoa: The New Soft Money," Brennan Center Blog, Aug. 1, 2014.

"Stop Hiding the Ball on Corporate Political Activity," Brennan Center Blog, July 2, 2014.

"Frankenstein Inc. Brought to You by Hobby Lobby," The Hill, July 7, 2014.

"America as One Big Private Gift Shop," Brennan Center Blog, June 6, 2014.

"Give Sponge Bob an Inch...," Brennan Center Blog, May 6, 2014.

"The Light Hiding Under McCutcheon's Bushel: Transparency," Huffington Post, Apr. 30, 2014.

"The Bullet Democracy Dodged," Brennan Center Blog, Apr. 21, 2014.

"Supreme Goldfish," ACS Law Blog, Apr. 4, 2014.

"How Far Can the IRS Go in Regulating Political Ads by Nonprofits?," Huffington Post, Feb. 25, 2014.

"From 'American Hustle' to the Super PAC Hustle," Moyers & Company, Feb. 7, 2014.

"Four Years After Citizens United: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," Brennan Center Blog, Jan. 17, 2014.

"To Gut Conflict Minerals Rule Trade Associations Turn to First Amendment," Al Jazeera America, Jan. 18, 2014.

"Blagojevich Tries to Blow Up Corruption," Brennan Center Blog, Jan. 9, 2014.

"Shareholders in the Dark about 'Dark Money,'" L.A. Times, Oct. 30, 2013.

"Interest Groups Will Spend to Influence Politicians," Room for Debate, New York Times, Oct. 6, 2013.

"Unstoppable Campaign Fundraiser," Brennan Center Blog, Oct. 3, 2013.

"Justices Should Think of Quarter Pounders in Latest Money in Politics Case," Moyers & Company, Sept. 25, 2013.

"Blood on Your Handset," Slate, Sept. 20, 2013.

"Scandal Built for Two," Brennan Center Blog, Sept. 9, 2013.

"Dueling Over Nonprofit Disclosure," Brennan Center Blog, Aug. 19, 2013.

"The Walking Dead Supreme Court," Huffington Post, July 2, 2013.

"The SEC and Dark Political Money," Sunlight Foundation Blog, June 17, 2013.

"Democracy's Masquerade Ball," The Hill, June 4, 2013.

"Somebody Give Bill Gates and Drew Faust a Copy of Citizens Disunited," Guernica Magazine, May 21, 2013.

"Bring Political Cash Out of the Shadows," Tampa Bay Times, May 13, 2013.

"Will the Supreme Court Get Back that Loving Feeling?," Guernica Magazine, Jan. 31, 2013.

"An Amuse-Bouche: a Short, Pithy Introduction to the U.S. Supreme Court," Judicature, Nov.-Dec. 2012.

"What a Waste of Corporate Money," Jurist, Dec. 3, 2012.

"The Jobless Could Swing the Election-if They're Actually Registered to Vote," The Atlantic, Sept. 13, 2012.

"Protect Democracy from Corporate Cash Tsunami," USA Today, July 19, 2012.


"Brinks Trucks in the Campaign," American Constitution Society Blog, July 16, 2012.

"The John Roberts Head Fake," Guernica Magazine, July 4, 2012.

"America Doesn't Need Another CREEP," Guernica Magazine, May 9, 2012.


"FCC Brings Sunlight to Elections, But the SEC Needs to Help, Too," Huffington Post, Apr. 27, 2012.


"Could Connecticut Be the First to Get Serious about Shareholders Rights Post-Citizens United?," Huffington Post and AOL News, Mar. 25, 2012.


"Could the SEC Please Give Democracy a Hand?," Thomson Reuters News and Insight, Jan. 9, 2012.

"Double Barrel Blast From Big Sky Country: Montana Rejects Citizens United," Huffington Post and AOL News, Jan. 3, 2012.

"American Corporate Political Transparency is 44 Years Behind the UK," Concurring Opinions, Nov. 16, 2011.

"OWS Meets Citizens United," Huffington Post and Wall Street Journal.com, Oct. 18, 2011.

"A Growing Consensus on What to Do About Citizens United," Huffington Post and Wall Street Journal.com, Sept. 25, 2011.

"Give Shareholders Say on Corporate Money," Roll Call, Aug. 4, 2011.

"11 Reasons Why We Need the Shareholder Protection Act," Business Ethics Magazine, July 13, 2011.

"Spider-Man, Stephen Colbert and the Shareholder Protection Act," The Hill, July 12, 2011 (co-authored with Lisa Gilbert).

"Did Marge have a Bake Sale or did Monty Burns Write a Check?," The Oregonian, Apr. 16, 2011.

"Citizens Get United," The Advocate, Mar. 24, 2011.

"We Can't Rely Only on Whistle-Blowers," Roll Call, Mar. 17, 2011.

"Trust but Verify...," The Hill, Mar. 1, 2011.

"New York's Race to the Bottom," New York Times, Nov. 4, 2010.

"Citizens United: Waking a Sleeping Giant," Business Ethics and Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Oct. 21, 2010.

"The Apocryphal Midterm Election," Huffington Post and Wall St. Journal.com, Oct. 19, 2010.

"Calling on Corporate Law to Defend Democracy: A Response to Lawrence Lessig on Citizens United," Boston Review, September/October 2010.

"Of Knighthood and Nights in the Lincoln Bedroom," San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 18, 2010 (co-authored with R. Warren Langley).

"Target's PAC Donation a Wake-up Call for Reform," Salon.com, Aug. 17, 2010.

"Why Can 41 Senators Crush the Popular Will to Temper Money in Politics?," The Hill, July 28, 2010.

"The Ivy League, the Court and Diversity," The Seminal, July 1, 2010.

"Kagan and 'Citizens United,'" New York Law Journal, June 4, 2010.

"Which Checkbook?," The Hill, May 20, 2010.

"The Black Box of Corporate Money," The Hill, Apr. 30, 2010.

"Book Brief: Posner's The Crisis of Capitalist Democracy," Just Books, Apr. 22, 2010.

"Shareholder Consent is Key in Political Spending," Roll Call, Mar. 16, 2010.

"To Fix the Supreme Court's Citizens United Decision, Copy the Brits," U.S. News and World Report, Mar. 9, 2010.

"Corporate Campaigning," Forbes, Jan. 28, 2010.

"A Bad Call on Campaign Finance," CNN.com, Jan. 21, 2010.

"State Lawmakers' First Step Must Be Basic Reform," Albany Times Union, Jan. 13, 2010.

"A Bench That Looks Like America: Diversity Among Appointed State Court Judges," American Bar Association Judges Journal, Fall 2009.

"Shareholders Should Hear About Political Spending," Business Week, Nov. 2, 2009.

"Keep My Investments Out of Politics," Forbes, Sept. 3, 2009.

"Is Your 401(k) Used to Influence Congress?," Roll Call, Aug. 6, 2009.

"How About Some Diversity in Courts that Aren't Supreme?," Salon.com, May 27, 2009.

"Sexism & the Supreme Court Nominee," Huffington Post, May 26, 2009.

"We Are Not AIG," HuffingtonPost, May 13, 2009.

"Contribution Limits Don't Hamper Electoral Competition," American Constitution Society Blog, May 11, 2009.

"Illinois Has Much to Teach Pa," Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 25, 2009.

"Approaching the Whites-Only Bench," TheRoot.com, Feb. 25, 2009.

"Nomination Process Scants Diversity," New York Law Journal, Jan. 27, 2009.

"Supreme Court Justices Should Know by Now - Money is Not Speech," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 8, 2008.

"When Money Talks, Do Voters Lose?," New York Times, Jan. 26, 2007.

Quoted and Mentioned in the Press

“Florida and Jan. 6: Where do we go from here?,” Tampa Bay Times, Jan 5, 2022.

“Covid-19 politics force state lawmakers to ponder pharma campaign cash,” Stat News, Jan. 4, 2022. 

“Executive Accountability Legislation from Watergate to Trump—and Beyond, ” 7 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs 37, Dec. 2021. 

“Consultant’s memo to FPL exec’s email alias reveals strategies for secretive political spending,” Orlando Sentinel, Dec. 17, 2021. 

“GOP election objectors rake in corporate cash,” The Hill, Dec. 14, 2021.

“Health Care Briefing,” Bloomberg Government, Dec. 13, 2021. 

“Supreme Court Abortion Ruling Paves Way for Copycat Laws,” Bloomberg Law, Dec. 10, 2021. 

“Supreme Court rules on Texas abortion law,” NBC News Now, Dec. 10, 2021.

“At the Races! Blurred Lines,” Roll Call, Dec. 9, 2021. 

“21 Things We Learned About Money In Politics In 2021,” Democracy Chronicles, Dec. 8, 2021. 

“Donors threatened to shun the GOP after Jan. 6. Now, Republicans are outraising Democrats,” Washington Post, Nov. 9, 2021. 

“2022 Races will put Election Integrity to the Test,” Roll Call, Nov. 10, 2021. 

“Court challenge to federal vaccine mandate,” CBS 10 Tampa Bay, Nov. 8, 2021. 

“Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Texas’ abortion case,” CBS 10 Tampa Bay, Nov. 1, 2021. 

“Bezczelny drenaż wyborczy. Tysiące sympatyków Trumpa ustawiają się w kolejce po zwrot pieniędzy,”  (“A brazen election ploy. Thousands of Trump supporters are lining up to get their money back”) Gazetz Prawna (Poland), Nov. 5, 2021. 

“Anna Paulina Luna spent about $38k of campaign funds for legal fight.” Tampa Bay Times, Oct. 22, 2021. 

“Here's how the Supreme Court is 'keeping foreign money' out of US politics — even after Citizens United: law professor,” Alter Net, Oct. 20, 2021. 

“Corporations That Pay the Most to Control Your Uterus,” Medium, Oct. 17, 2021. 

“Time Is Running Out to Indict Trump for His Sex Hush Money Payment to Stormy Daniels,” The Daily Beast, Oct. 13, 2021. 

“Florida GOP Jacks Up Cities’ Campaign Contribution Limits,” Sludge, Oct. 7, 2021.  

“Discussion on the controversies surrounding the current Texas social media bill,” This Morning (Korea), Sept. 14, 2021. 

“Under G.O.P. Pressure, Tech Giants Are Empowered by Election Agency,” New York Times, Sept. 13, 2021. 

“Will backing Wisconsin’s Maricopa-style ‘fraudit’ hurt legislators’ contributions?” Wisconsin Examiner, Sept. 14, 2021. 

“Here's why the DeBary Diner wants Joe Biden backers to eat elsewhere,” Daytona-Beach News Journal, Sept. 2, 2021. 

“The Long Goodbye: What’s Ahead for Andrew Cuomo?” City Limits, Aug. 23, 2021.  

“About Time,” Word & Way, Aug. 11, 2021.  

“Trump's magic mark: Republicans reap millions in donations with the ‘pre-checked box,’” Salon, Aug. 6, 2021. 

“Ninth Circuit finds that some Alaska campaign finance rules violate First Amendment,” Election Law Blog, Aug. 2, 2021. 

“Branding the U.S. Left: AOC Makes a Push Into Political Merchandise,” U.S. News & World Report, July 19, 2021. 

“Voting Laws,” Top of Mind with Julie Rose on Sirius XM, July 15, 2021.

“Matt Gaetz hired legal firm used by Jeffrey Epstein and El Chapo, campaign report shows,” Tampa Bay Times, July 15, 2021.

“Florida Lawmakers Back Cuba Demonstrations, But Raise Questions About New Anti-Riot Law,” WUSF, July 15, 2021.

“The morning read for Wednesday, July 14,” SCOTUS Blog, July 14, 2021.

“The 2020 Election Cost How Much?! with Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy,” That Can’t Be Right Podcast, July 14, 2021.

“Trump's Insurrection Is Gaining Steam Six Months After Capitol Attack,” Vanity Fair, July 6, 2021.

“Some companies pledged to halt donations to lawmakers who objected to certifying Biden's election win. They have not kept their promise.” Business Insider, July 4, 2021.

“6 Months After Capitol Assault, Corporate Pledges Fall Flat,” Associated Press, July 4, 2021.

“Calif. Donor Info Ruling May Spur Campaign Finance Challenges,” Law 360, July 2, 2021.

“SEC ‘Mission Creep’ on Climate Ups Republican Lawsuit Threats,” Bloomberg Law, June 29, 2021.

“The morning read for Thursday, June 24,” SCOTUS Blog, June 24, 2021.

“GiveSendGo data: Koch family member donated to crowdfunding campaign claiming election fraud,” USA Today, June 4, 2021.

“Branding is for Products, Not People,” Medium, May 20, 2021.

“Shareholders fight to rein in risk by demanding transparency into public companies’ political spending,” Market Watch, May 19, 2021.

“Legal Industry Pours $2.5M Into NYC Mayor's Race,” Law 360, May 4, 2021.

“A Right Wing Supreme Court Could Give Dark Money Constitutional Protection,” Background BriefingMay 2, 2021.

“Rollins College, Stetson University Professors Say Facebook’s Decision To Suspend Trump Has Hurt His Chances Of Re-Election,” WMFE, May 5, 2021.

“Dark Money!” Pacifica Radio, Apr. 27, 2021.

“Torres-Spelliscy on Branding of Asian Immigrants,” Legal Theory Blog, Apr. 26, 2021.

“Supreme Court hears case that could endanger election transparency rules,” The Fulcrum, Apr. 26, 2021.

“Corporations Bet on Both Parties, and Our Democracy Suffers,” Slate, Apr. 13, 2021.

“Et tu, Coca-Cola?” Slate Amicus Podcast, Apr. 10, 2021.

“Business Matters,” BBC World News, Apr. 5, 2021.

“What Will Georgia’s Election Law Really Do?” Bloomberg, Apr. 5, 2021.

“The Power Corporations Have In Changing Laws,” All Things Considered on NPR, Apr. 2, 2021.

“Democrats call for investigation of Brodeur's Florida Senate race, 3rd party candidate,” Daytona Beach News-Journal, Apr. 2, 2021.

“What responsibility do corporations have to weigh in on voting rights?” Marketplace on NPR, Mar. 29, 2021.

“Debunking the ‘big lie’ about the 2020 presidential election,” MPR News, Mar. 25, 2021.

“House set to move on elections overhaul as outside advocates focus on Senate,” Roll Call, Feb. 25, 2021.

“If It’s Broke, Fix It: Restoring Federal Government Ethics and Rule of Law,” Governance Studies at Brookings, Feb. 2021.

“Campaign finance laws brewing in Congress,” Legal Examiner, Feb. 22, 2021.

“Stopping Corrupt Future Presidents with Stronger Emoluments Clauses,” Democracy Chronicles, Feb. 20, 2021.

"Second Acquittal of Trump in Second Impeachment," France 24 TV, Feb. 13, 2021.

“Former President Trump’s second impeachment,” Univision, Feb. 11, 2021.

“What to expect as Trump’s second impeachment begins,” Minnesota Public Radio, Feb. 9, 2021.

“Capitol Riot Fallout: Money in Politics, One Month Later,” New York Times, Feb. 6, 2021.

“Amid pandemic, Florida’s Republican Legislature tilts hard right,” Tampa Bay Times, Feb. 3, 2021.

“Voter turnout was a 2020 bright spot, but it might not continue,” Roll Call, Feb. 1, 2021.

“‘Gondor has no king’: pro-Trump lawsuit cites Lord of the Rings,” The Guardian, Jan. 23, 2021.

“The legacy of President Trump,” BBC News, Jan. 17, 2021.

“Texas lawyer fired after Capitol riot files ambitious suit: Dissolve Congress, don't arrest him,” Salon, Jan. 22, 2021.

“The inaugural of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” France 24 TV, Jan. 20, 2021.

“What will Biden inauguration donations go to?” Marketplace, Jan. 19, 2021.

“CEOs spurn Trump and his allies: How big a blow?” Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 15, 2021.

“Constitutional expert weighs in on freedom of speech and use of social media,” ABC Action News, Jan. 11, 2021.

“The 25th Amendment and Impeachment,” LBC (UK radio), Jan. 7, 2021. 

“Impeachment and the 25th Amendment,” ABC Action News, Jan. 7, 2021. 

“Former U.S. Senate Staffer and Professor Calls Capitol Assault 'Heartbreaking',” WUSF, Jan. 6, 2021. 

“Capitol riot,” ABC Action News, Jan. 6, 2021.

“Georgia Senate Elections,” France 24 TV, Jan. 5, 2021.

“Trump, on tape, presses Georgia election official to 'find' Trump votes,” ABC Action News, Jan. 4, 2021.

“Would Trump’s Georgia election call result in criminal charges?” The National News, Jan. 4, 2021.“Republicans sue Vice President Pence in attempt to upset election results for President-elect Joe Biden,” 10 Tampa Bay, Dec. 29, 2020.

“What Is Presidential Pardon Power And Are There Limits To Its Use?” The Source on Texas Public Radio, Dec. 15, 2020.

“The Evolution of Brand Presidents: An Interview of Ciara Torres-Spelliscy," Frank News, Dec. 13, 2020.

“At the Races: Countdown to Perdeffler v. Ossock,” Roll Call, Dec. 10, 2020.

“Congressman Michael Waltz: Supreme Court should hear Trump's case,” The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Dec. 10, 2020.

“Florida urges U.S. Supreme Court to hear Texas’ suit to overturn Biden’s election win,” Miami Herald, Dec. 9, 2020.

“Trump's Four Seasons Total Landscaping Bill: On the House,” NBC, Dec. 4, 2020.

“Donald Trump’s Thanksgiving 2020 Tweet Celebrated A Controversial Supreme Court Ruling,” Elite Daily, Nov. 26, 2020.

“They can’t agree what they’re talking about,” Politico, Nov. 20, 2020.

“Thursday round-up,” SCOTUS Blog, Nov. 19, 2020.

“Federalism and the Supremacy Clause,” ABC Action News, Nov. 19, 2020.

“USPS whistleblower not alone during affidavit, video shows,” The Grio, Nov. 17, 2020.

“The Electoral College in 2020,” WFTV, Nov. 17, 2020.

“Project Veritas could face legal liability for postal worker's ballot fraud allegations, experts say,” Salon, Nov. 14, 2020.

“Can Trump Challenge the Election Results in Court? Here's What's Going On,” Elite Daily, Nov. 12, 2020.

“Postal worker at center of legal storm as GOP fails to demonstrate election fraud,” Market Watch, Nov. 11, 2020.

“Alleging fraud, GOP seeks to overturn election results in Michigan, Pennsylvania,” Market Watch, Nov. 10, 2020.

“Defiant Trump fuels chaotic transition with legal fights,” Fusion TV, Nov. 10, 2020.

“UNews,” Univision, Nov. 10, 2020.

“US Election Results: Trump camp claims the fight has just begun,” BBC News, Nov. 10, 2020.

“Midpoint Interview by Seán Kinane about the 2020 election litigation,” WMNF, Nov. 9, 2020.

“On-going election 2020 coverage regarding legal challenges,” Bloomberg TV, Nov. 6, 2020.

“Legal fights in Election 2020,” ABC Action News Tampa, Nov. 6, 2020.

“Pam Bondi throws herself into Trump effort to stop counting votes,” Tampa Bay Times, Nov. 5, 2020.

“Intersection: Unpacking The 2020 Presidential Election,” WMFE, Nov. 5, 2020.

“Lawsuits over the American Presidential Election,” CBC Radio (Canada), Nov. 4, 2020.

“Campaign spending could continue long after Election Day,” NPR Marketplace, Nov. 4, 2020.

"11 O'Clock News," ABC Action News, Nov. 4, 2020.

“U.S. Presidential Election,” BBC Radio, Nov. 4, 2020.

“U.S. Presidential Election Undecided,” BBC World News, Nov. 4, 2020.

“U.S. Presidential Election Update,” France 24, Nov. 4, 2020.

“Election 2020 Live Coverage,” ABC Action News, Nov. 3, 2020.

“Florida’s election night — and beyond: Here’s what you need to know,” Tampa Bay Times, Nov. 2, 2020.

“US-Wahl 2020 – welche Rolle Social-Media-Ads spielen,” T3N (Germany), Nov. 2, 2020.

“Disturbance in the Caribbean has a high chance of development over five days, would be named Eta,” Palm Beach Post, Oct. 30, 2020.

“Is There a Smarter Way for Democratic Candidates to Spend Their Gobs of Money?” Slate, Oct 29, 2020.

“How The 2020 Election Could End Up In The Courts,” WMFE, Oct. 29, 2020.

“Wyoming is Using Dark Money to Help Keep Coal Plants in Other States Open,” NPR, Oct. 28, 2020.

“Why Florida's hodgepodge of voters make it difficult to predict who wins the battleground state,” 10 Tampa Bay, Oct. 27, 2020.

“The 2020 campaign money story,” Axios, Oct. 23, 2020.

“How effective is last minute campaigning? Political experts give their take as candidates make their last push to sway voters before the election.” 10 Tampa Bay, Oct. 23, 2020.

“Were political texts involving Rep. Randy Fine legal? It's complicated, experts say,” Florida Today, Oct. 22, 2020.

“Democrats seize on U.S. Supreme Court election deadlock in Barrett fight,” Reuters, Oct. 21, 2020.

“Post Investigation: These Florida voting machines ripe for Russian hackers, experts say,” Palm Beach Post, Oct. 16, 2020. 

“Experts: Florida Voting Machines Ripe for Foreign Hackers,” Government Technology Magazine, Oct. 16, 2020. 

“Opinion: Biden’s merch shop is a perfect representation of the election thus far,” Hill Top Monitor, Oct. 16, 2020.

“Florida's Hispanics Could Decide the Election,” WUSF, Oct. 14, 2020.

“How did the Biden campaign create fly swatter merch so quickly?” Marketplace, Oct. 8, 2020.

“La campagne électorale s’invite sur les billets de banque,” L’Actualite, Oct. 7, 2020.

“Wyoming’s ‘dark money’ coal campaign,” Wyoming Public Radio, Oct. 2, 2020.

“Can You Buy an Election?” Whose Vote Counts Explained on Netflix, Sept. 28, 2020.

“UNews,” Univision, Sept. 25, 2020.

“Talk of the Florida Election Being Stolen or Rigged Is Overblown, Experts Say,” WUSF Public Media, Sept. 25, 2020.

“Why the Trump Campaign Is Returning Donations to These Superfans,” The Daily Beast, Sept. 24, 2020.

“What Could Go Wrong With the Election? Well, Everything,” Refinery 29, Sept. 22, 2020.

“Here's What's at Stake If Trump Replaces RBG on the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s a lot.” Color Lines, Sept. 21, 2020.

“The Incumbent: Bending the Bureaucracy,” Government Executive, Sept. 21, 2020.

“How 'Law and Order' Became 2020's 'Build the Wall,'” NewsWeek, Sept. 16, 2020.

“Tuesday round-up,” SCOTUS Blog, Sept. 1, 2020.

“Computers, desks, lockers, back to school shopping is different this year,” Boston Globe, Aug. 28, 2020.

“What happens to the Supreme Court (and the Constitution) if Trump wins,” Vox, Aug. 25, 2020.

“Democrats push to revamp political money system that’s boosting their campaigns,” Roll Call, Aug. 19, 2020.

“Florida dealt election double whammy; busy hurricane season, pandemic,” Palm Beach Post, Aug. 14, 2020.

“How utilities use secret campaigns against climate action,” E&E News, Aug. 14, 2020.

“Alors que le regard juridique se tourne vers Trump, sa foi en la Cour suprême peut être mise à l’épreuve,” Bruxelle Marketing, Aug. 14, 2020.

“New Ohio Speaker Has His Own Ethics Issues Involving FirstEnergy,” Sludge, Aug. 10, 2020.

“Political branding during the coronavirus pandemic,” Voice of America, August 7, 2020.

“Wednesday Round-Up,” SCOTUS Blog, July 29, 2020.

“The Hartmann Report,” Thom Hartmann Program, July 27, 2020.


“What’s at stake if Trump gets to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Vox, July 21, 2020.

“8 of the Biggest Presidential Tax Scandals Throughout History,” Reader’s Digest, July 13, 2020.

“With the November Elections Looming, The FEC Can't Take Much Action,” Wisconsin Public Radio, July 13, 2020. 

“The President’s Tax Returns Stay Private, For Now,” Top of Mind on BYU Radio, July 13, 2020.

“With The November Elections Looming, The FEC Can't Take Much Action,”
Wisconsin Public Radio, July 13, 2020.

“Tuesday round-up,” SCOTUS Blog, July 7, 2020.

“Tuesday Round-up,” SCOTUS Blog, June 23, 2020.

“The CAP⋅Impact Podcast – Episode 65: Political Brands with Ciara Torres-Spelliscy,” Capital Center for Law & Policy at McGeorge School of Law, June 18, 2020.

“Tuesday Round-up,” SCOTUS Blog, June 16, 2020.

"Ex-officer Derek Chauvin voted in-person in Fla. twice despite being a permanent Minn. resident, documents show," ABC Action News, June 15, 2020.

“Report on Black New Yorkers on their Experiences with Anti-Black Racism,” NYC Commission on Human Rights, June 2020.

“McEnany May Have Voted Fraudulently From Florida Address,” The National Memo, June 6, 2020. 

“As They Scream Voter Fraud, Trump and His Press Secretary May Have Voted Illegally,” Huffington Post, June 5, 2020.

“Kayleigh McEnany may have committed fraud by voting Florida when living in DC: report,” AlterNet, June 5, 2020.

“Torres-Spelliscy on the Emoluments Clauses,” Legal Theory Blog, June 4, 2020.

“Elegy for Anti-corruption Law: How the Bridgegate Case Could Crush Corruption Prosecutions and Boost Liars,” Election Law Blog, June 3, 2020.

“Senator Sheldon Whitehouse: Dark Money and U.S. Courts: The Problem and Solutions,” Harvard Journal of Legislation, May 17, 2020.

"Monday round-up," SCOTUS Blog, May 18, 2020.

“11 legal experts agree: There’s no good reason for DOJ to drop the Michael Flynn case,” Vox, May 8, 2020.

“Trump campaign has not returned illegal donation from foreign national, FEC records show Trump Victory appears to have covered a refund to the Trump campaign’s only known foreign donor on its behalf,” Salon, May 4, 2020.

“Pete Sessions incurs legal bills — and opponent's criticism — in campaign to return to Congress,” Texas Tribune, May 4, 2020.

“Community and Connections,” Washington Lawyer, May 1, 2020.

“Fair Elections During a Crisis: Bipartisan and Diverse Blue-Ribbon Group of Scholars and Thinkers Releases Report on Urgent Changes Needed for November U.S. Elections,” Yahoo Finance, Apr. 28, 2020.

“Monday round-up,” SCOTUS Blog, Apr. 27, 2020.

“SEC rules could thwart political spending disclosure efforts Changes sought by Chamber of Commerce and other business groups,” Roll Call, Apr. 7, 2020.

“Rounding up previews of SCOTUS oral argument in ‘Bridgegate’ case,” Sentencing Law & Policy, Jan. 13, 2020.

"The Election Meltdown Paradox," Balkinization, Mar. 7, 2020.

“What's Happening With The Federal Election Commission?” Wisconsin Public Radio, Mar. 3, 2020.

"Cashing In On Justice: Three Senate Judiciary Members Outpace Colleagues in Contributions from Judicial Nominees," Roll Call, Mar. 3, 2020.

"Tuesday Round-up," SCOTUS Blog, Feb. 25, 2020.

“Can Bloomberg Buy his Way to the White House?" The Guardian, Feb. 24, 2020. 

"Trump Campaign, Republicans Spent over $1Million at Trump Businesses in 2019," Yahoo Finance, Feb. 22, 2020.

“As Bloomberg Tops Our Philanthropy 50, New Questions About Intersection of Politics and Charitable Giving,” Chronicle of Philanthropy, Feb. 11, 2020.

“House Judiciary Democrats eye campaign finance measures,” Roll Call, Feb. 6, 2020.

“Amendment to nullify Citizens United finally gets air time in the House,” The Fulcrum, Feb. 6, 2020.

“Bloomberg Campaign Ran Ads Asking Voters How He Should Spend His Money,” The Intercept, Feb. 6, 2020.

“How Ronald Reagan Is Beating Barack Obama in the Race to Name Things After Former Presidents,” NewsWeek, Feb. 6, 2020.

“She Shunned Islam And Was Embraced By Trump World. Now, She's Turned Against Them,” BuzzFeed, Feb. 5, 2020.

"Impeachment," BBC World News, Jan. 29, 2020.

"Illinois Playbook," Politico, Jan. 21, 2020. 

"Citizens United at 10," Business Scholarship Podcast, Jan. 21, 2020.

“Trump claims fundraising boosted by impeachment,” Marketplace/NPR, Jan. 2, 2020.

“Tuesday round-up,” SCOTUS Blog, Dec. 31, 2019.

“Legal scholar argues the Supreme Court is ‘killing' the bedrock of campaign finance law — and may soon crush it completely,” AlterNet, Dec. 31, 2019.

“Bloomberg Campaign Exposed for Exploiting Prison Labor,” Truth Dig, Dec. 24, 2019.

“Impeachment vote in the U.S. House of Representatives,” BBC News, Dec. 18, 2019.

“Did Trump commit bribery? I asked 7 legal experts. It's complicated.” Vox, Dec. 17, 2019.

“When Madison Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue Merge: A Review of "Political Brands," Dorf on Law, Dec. 16, 2019.

“Michael Bloomberg Splashes the Cash for 2020,” Huffington Post, Dec. 6, 2019.

“Here's what happens to a candidate's money when they drop out,” Yahoo Finance, Dec. 4, 2019.

“Trump Tax Returns,” Top of Mind, Sirius XM Radio, Nov. 19, 2019.

“Did Trump just commit witness tampering? I asked 7 legal experts.” Vox, Nov. 15, 2019.

“Rudy Giuliani's Op-Ed Defense of Donald Trump Backfires Spectacularly,” Huffington Post, Nov. 13, 2019.

“Trump Ukraine Fracas Echoes Nixon, Clinton Campaign-Law Scandals,” Bloomberg, Nov. 7, 2019.

“Tuesday round-up,” SCOTUS Blog, Oct. 29, 2019.

“How Appealing,” Above the Law, Oct. 28, 2019.

“‘The Problem Is We Need Some Money': Ridicule Follows After NBC Journalist Reports Rudy Giuliani Butt Dial,” Common Dreams, Oct. 25, 2019.

“What does the Constitution say about family members profiting from political status?,” MPR News, Oct. 17, 2019.

"Marketplace," NPR Morning Edition, Oct. 7, 2019.

"Impeachment, Inc.: Inside the Money Game of Political Maneuvering," Deseret News, Oct. 6, 2019.

"Why Democrats Bet the Ukraine Call can succeed where the Mueller Report Failed in Taking Down Trump," CBC, Sept. 26, 2019.

“Sean Hannity's sheriff friend faces mounting ethics allegations,” The Guardian, Sept. 18, 2019.

“Virginia attorney general isn't saying whether he will investigate Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Liberty University following bombshell self-dealing report,” CNBC, Sept. 13, 2019.

“‘Someone's Gotta Tell the Freakin' Truth': Jerry Falwell's Aides Break Their Silence,” Politico, Sept. 9, 2019.

"Beyond 1619: Slavery Under the Spanish Crown," The Take Away, Aug. 27, 2019.

"In the 2020 Race, Campaign Swag Matters. Can Anyone Top Trump's MAGA Hat?," Boston Globe, Aug. 24, 2019.

"Scott Maddox Is Still Listed As a Candidate For State Senate. But Could He Actually Be Elected?," WFSU, Aug. 23, 2019.

“Summer recess means fundraising events for Congress members,” Marketplace, July 26, 2019. 

“Could Trump (or any president) be indicted after leaving office? Mueller, legal experts say yes,” Politifact, July 26, 2019.

“Why Mueller said he couldn't indict Trump, explained,” Vox, July 24, 2019.

“Mueller's testimony: a preview,” Radio Times on NPR, July 23, 2019.

"Bill de Blasio Tapped His State PAC for White House Hopes,” The City, July 18, 2019.

"California Playbook," Politico, July 15, 2019.

"Thinking Small," Politifact, July 15, 2019.

"Trump Campaign Knew Consultant Was Behind Joe Biden Parody." Newsweek, July 9. 2019.  

"What Might Trump's Tax Returns Show?" Elite Daily, July 3, 2019. 

“Majority of Americans say they won't donate to 2020 presidential campaigns,” CNBC, July 1, 2019.

“Why Are US Presidential Elections So Long? Experts Say It's Built Into The Constitution,” Bustle, June 30, 2019.

“As legal glare turns to Trump, his faith in Supreme Court may be tested,” Reuters, June 19, 2019.

“Florida Republicans want only citizens to decide makeup of Congress. The Constitution says otherwise.” Tampa Bay Times, June 14, 2019.

“Can the president be prosecuted? I asked 16 legal experts. Yes, but it's complicated.” Vox, May 29, 2019.

“Feds open foreign-money investigation into Trump donor Cindy Yang,” Miami Herald, May 9, 2019.

“AG William Barr Refuses to Testify Before House Panel,” The Takeaway, NPR, May 2, 2019.

“Radicalizing the vote: 10 ideas that just might save democracy,” Philadelphia Inquirer, May 2, 2019.

"Tuesday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, Apr. 30, 2019. 

"An election law expert explains how Citizen's United might have spared Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner from prosecution,” Alternet, Apr. 23, 2019.

"Mueller's Report is Worse for Trump than Barr Let On." CBC, Apr. 19, 2019.

"Did the Mueller Report Find Trump Obstructed Justice?," Vox, Apr. 18, 2019. 

“Can Congress force Trump to hand over his tax returns? I asked 11 legal experts. Probably, but it's complicated,” Vox, Apr. 9, 2019.

“Harvard will train coaches on conflicts of interest after home sale,” Boston Globe, Apr. 6, 2019.

"Online Campaign Contributions in US Politics: A Conversation," Social Science Research Council, Apr. 2, 2019.

"Green New Deal: Group Tied to Shadowy Network Created $93T Estimate," E&E News, Apr. 1, 2019.

"Daily Update," Take Care, Apr. 1, 2019. 

"What Does Attorney General Barr's Summary Tell Us about the Mueller Report?" MPR News, Mar. 25, 2019.

"Law Professor Talks about Barr's Summary of Mueller Report," WMNF, Mar. 25, 2019. 

"Does AG Barr's Summary of the Mueller Report 'Exonerate' Trump? I asked 15 Legal Experts," Vox, Mar. 24, 2019.

"Background Briefing," NPR, Mar. 21, 2019. 

"Cindy Yang Helped Chinese Tech Stars Get $50k Photos with Trump. Who paid?," Miami Herald, Mar. 21, 2019.

"Major Corporations and Political Interests Gave Big Money to Jared Polis' Inaugural Committee," Colorado Sun, Mar. 6, 2019.

"Can the Internet Save Congress from 'Call Time,'" Marketplace, Mar. 4, 2019.

"Michael Cohen's Testimony and What It Means," NPR, Feb. 28, 2019.

"How Bernie Sanders Used the 'Netflix' Model of Political Donations to Raise Millions," CNN, Feb. 21, 2019.

"Trump declared a national emergency at the border. I asked 11 experts if it's legal," Vox, Feb.15, 2019.

"Impeachment is Suddenly a Real Possibility but We're Missing the Forest for the Trees," Salon, Jan. 20, 2019.

"Trump's Michael Cohen Nightmare is Just Getting Started," Vice, Jan. 18, 2019. 

"Does the Buzzfeed Report Show that Trump Obstructed Justice?," Vox, Jan. 18, 2019. 

"Where Are We with the Mueller Investigation?," MPR News, Jan. 10, 2019.

“Florida Set to Restore Voting Rights to Felons Amid Threats of Lawsuits,” Wall St. Journal, Jan. 7, 2019.

“How much legal trouble is President Trump in? We ask a law professor,” WMNF, Dec. 17, 2018.

“What Michael Cohen's sentencing means for Trump,” PBS NewsHour, Dec. 13, 2018.

“Did Trump commit witness tampering by tweet? I asked 9 legal experts.” Vox, Dec. 3, 2018.

“What does Michael Cohen's plea deal mean for Trump?” Vox, Nov. 29, 2018.

“Intersection: Recapping The Recount,” WMFE (Nov. 16, 2018).

“Everybody Chill Out About the Florida Recounts,” VICE, Nov. 13, 2018.

“Why the restoration of felons' voting rights in Florida is a big deal,” The Economist, Nov. 9, 2018.

“Will Republicans Steal Power From New Democratic Governors? It wouldn't be the first time they tried a lame-duck legislative coup.” Washington Monthly, Nov. 7, 2018.

“Florida Passes Amendment Restoring Voting Rights to 1.5 Million Felons,” New York Magazine, Nov. 6, 2018.

"Florida's governor's race draws celebrity mega donors in preview of 2020 showdown," Tampa Bay Times, Oct. 24, 2018.

"Presidential immunity shields Trump from Zervos lawsuit," The Guardian, Oct. 17, 2018.

"Voting in peril without paper trail of ballots," Canton Daily Ledger, Oct. 8, 2018.

"Corporations Are Striking Back On Ballot Initiatives," Huffington Post, Oct. 1, 2018.

"Brett Kavanaugh Confirmation," MPR News with Kerri Miller, Sept. 19, 2018.

"Here's What Experts Would Ask Brett Kavanaugh At His SCOTUS Confirmation," Huffington Post, Sept. 4, 2018.

"Here's What Experts Would Ask Brett Kavanaugh at his SCOTUS Confirmation Hearing," Huffington Post, Sept. 3, 2018.

"In State Farm Trial, Veiled Donations May Stoke Juror Anger," Law360, Aug. 31, 2018.

"What Does Michael Cohen's Plea Deal Mean for Trump?" Vox, Aug. 21, 2018.

"Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Reaches Plea Deal," On Point, Aug 22, 2018.

"Expert React to Michael Cohen's Guilty Pleas on Campaign Finance," PS Magazine, Aug. 21, 2018.

"Trump Can't Count on the Supreme Court to Save Him from Mueller," VICE, Aug. 7, 2018. 

"'Dark,' 'Soft,' 'Hard' Money: Campaign Finance Primer," Patch, July 27, 2018.

"No 'Smoking Gun' of Campaign Finance Violations by Trump in Michael Cohen Tape, Experts Say," Washington Examiner, July 26, 2018.

"The Trump & Michael Cohen Tape Raises some Burning Questions," Bustle, July 25, 2018.

"2018's Most & Least Independent States," Wallet Hub, June 19, 2018.

"Patrick Stays Quiet as his Former Aide Runs for Governor," Boston Globe, June 14, 2018.

"Wednesday Round-up," SCOTUS Blog, May 23, 2018. 

"Trump Weaponizes 'Deep State' to Investigate his Investigators," NBC News, May 22, 2018.

"Did Trump's Lawyer Michael Cohen Need to Register as a Lobbyist?," All Things Considered, NPR, May 10, 2018.

"The Legal Issues Facing Trump," Radio Times, May 4, 2018.

"Does Giuliani's Bombshell Prove That Trump Violated Campaign Finance Law?" KPCC, May 3, 2018

"Trump Campaign Paid Trump Bodyguard Keith Schiller's Lawyers," NBC News, Apr. 17, 2018. 

"David Hogg's Call for a Boycott of Laura Ingraham Is in the Best Tradition of Democracy," L.A. Times, Apr. 2, 2018.

"Swamp Thing," Huffington Post, Mar. 15, 2018.

"Torres-Spelliscy on Campaign Finance, Free Speech and Boycotts," Media Law Prof Blog, Feb. 23, 2018.

"Thursday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, Feb. 8, 2018.

"Federal Prison Union: Trump Privatizing to Endanger COs, Public," The Chief-Leader, Feb. 5, 2018.

"Russian Interference in U.S. Elections," C-SPAN, Feb. 2, 2018.

"Did Citizens United Help Russians Funnel Money to NRA?" TPM, Jan. 22, 2018.

"Gravel Drop: Are Federal Courts Having Their Own #MeToo Moment," Rewire, Jan. 8, 2018.

"Rehoboth Proposal to Let LLC Owners Vote Creates Stir," The News Journal, Dec. 2, 2017.

"Mueller's Russia Investigation extends Beyond Collusion," The Globe and Mail, Oct. 31, 2017.

"Wednesday Round-up," SCOTUS Blog, Oct. 25, 2017.

"Can City Hall Really Change the World?," Tampa Bay Times, Oct. 7, 2017.

"How Much Does Wall Street Charge to Manage New Mexico's Retirement Funds," International Business Times, Sept. 27, 2017.

"Did Gov. Susana Martinez Break Sec Rules in New Mexico Pension Deals," International Business Times, Sept. 20, 2017.

"Election Law Professor: Public Financing Encourages Diverse Candidates,” WUSF, Aug. 24, 2017.

"PolitiFact: The Actions of Collusion Could Lead to a Number of Charges," Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 13, 2017.

"Wednesday Round-up," SCOTUS Blog, June 28, 2017.

" Vox Sentences," Vox, May 25, 2017.

"Wednesday Round-up," SCOTUS Blog, May 24, 2017.

"Corporations Gave Millions for Trump Inaugural," Bloomberg BNA, Apr. 20, 2017.

"Friday Round-up," SCOTUS Blog, Apr. 14, 2017.

"The Future of Campaign Finance Reform," Book Forum, Mar. 27, 2017.

"Ethics Office Tells Trump & Co.: Sorry, You're Not Above the Rules," Common Dreams, Mar. 10, 2017.

"Did Companies' Donations Buy a Trump Change in Private Prison Policy?", McClatchy, Mar. 4, 2017.

"Trump Inaugural Got Millions From Big Companies," Bloomberg BNA, Feb. 17, 2017.

"Tuesday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, Feb. 7, 2017.

"'Soft Money' Era Not Back Yet as Few Companies Contribute," Bloomberg BNA, Jan. 11, 2017.

“Bias on the Bench, Florida's Broken Sentencing System: Designed for Fairness, it Fails to Account for Prejudice,” Herald-Tribune, Dec. 2016.

"Why J & J, Merck Back GOP Opponents of Birth Control They're Selling," NJ. Com, Dec. 12, 2016.

"Trump's Miami Condo Man Can't Wait to Cash in Big on Election," Bloomberg, Nov. 18, 2016.

"The New Face of the American Voter," US News & World Report, Nov. 18, 2016.

"Torres-Spelliscy on Dark Money & Political Sovereignty," Legal Theory Blog, Nov. 8, 2016.

"What Rigging? No One is Stealing Any Elections Here and Voter Fraud is Not a Thing," CL Tampa Bay, Oct. 25, 2016.

"Trump's, Ethics Plan: 5 Problems with his Vow to 'Drain the Swamp,'" NJ. com, Oct. 23, 2016.

"The Agenda," SiriusXM Progress, Oct. 21, 2016.

"Torres-Spelliscy on Corporate Citizenship and the Argument for Separation of Corporation and State," The Corporate Crime Reporter, Oct. 18, 2016.

"Q & A: The Fight Against Expanding Corporate Power," The American Prospect, Oct. 13, 2016.

"Why You're Seeing More TV Ads for Governor's Races," Time, Oct. 6, 2016.

"Super Pacs Fuel Election Negativity," New Mexico In Depth, Sept. 27, 2016.

"Miami Gardens Mayoral Candidate Awarded Second Chance at Bid after Bank Error Disqualified Him," Florida Record, Sept. 23, 2016.

"Small War Chests in Gubernatorial Races Leads to Major Outside Spending," New Hampshire Journal, Sept. 23, 2016.

"Torres-Spelliscy: Corporate Citizen?," Corporate Governance, Sept. 21, 2016.

"Donald Trump, Pam Bondi and $25K : Was it Pay to Play?," PolitiFact, Sept. 21, 2016.

"Outside Money Injects Doubt into Henry County DA Race," WABE, Sept. 19, 2016.

"Get Corporations out of Politics," Huffington Post, Sept. 18, 2016.

"Big Banks Don't Follow Goldmanon Trump Donation Ban," Wall Street Journal, Sept. 8, 2016.

"Stetson University Professor Publishes Book on Rise, Resistance of Corporate Power," Florida Record, Sept. 1, 2016.

"Donald Trump and His Family Are Profiting from His Campaign," Teen Vogue, Aug. 23, 2016.

"This Week in the War on Voting," Daily Kos, Aug. 20, 2016.

"Early Voting Day, Times Vary in Central Florida," Orlando Sentinel, Aug. 18, 2016.

"Central Florida Firms Donate Record Amounts," Orlando Sentinel, Aug. 15, 2016.

"From Corporate Lawyer to Corporate Critic," Salon, Aug. 14, 2016.

"Advocates Want the Supreme Court to End the Write-In Dodge," WFSU, Aug. 12, 2016.

"Book Excerpt: 'The Year the World Changed'," Moyers & Co, Aug. 11, 2016.

"PAC It Out," Creative Loafing Tampa, Aug. 10, 2016.

"The Great Suppression,"New Books Network, Aug. 10, 2016.

"A Law Professor Answers Are Corporations Citizens?," WMNF, July 25, 2016.

"Florida Town Proposes a Ban on Super PACs - What Could Happen?," Yes! Magazine, July 21, 2016.

"Getting Illegal Foreign Money Into US Campaigns?, It's Easy, Experts Say," Moyers & Co, June 30, 2016.

"Foreign Campaign Money Subject of FEC Forum," Bloomberg BNA, June 22, 2016.

"Donald Trump's Self-Funding Includes Payments to Family and His Companies," New York Times, June 21, 2016.

"The Price of Public Money," The Atlantic, May 27, 2016.

"Eric Lynn Doesn't Have to Return your Contributions, But He Will if You Ask," Tampa Business Journal, May 4, 2016.

"Leading Advocates of 'Dark Money' Previously Supported Disclosure," The Intercept, Apr. 26, 2016.

"Past Election Data Predicted High Independent Voter Turn Out in March Election," KJZZ, Apr. 20, 2016.

"Tuesday Round-up," SCOTUS Blog, Feb. 16, 2016.

"Can Super PACs Decide the US Election?," Straits Times, Dec. 31, 2015.

"Monday Round-up," SCOTUS Blog, Dec. 21, 2015.

"States Pass Washington in Policing Political Nonprofits," Tax Notes, Dec. 17, 2015.

"Playbook," Politico, Nov. 20, 2015.

"Federal Election Commission Head to Speak at Stetson on Tuesday," Saint Peters Blog, Oct. 28, 2015.

"Torres-Spelliscy on Corporate Political Spending & Divestiture," Legal Theory Blog, Sept. 30, 2015.

“Critics slam officials for soliciting businesses that work for the county, school district,” Daily Commercial, Sept. 3, 2015.

"Conference Keys to Restore Voter Confidence Start with Campaign Finance Reform," Gotham Gazette, July 23, 2015.

“It Could Soon Be Easier For The Media To Expose Dark Money Donations By Government Contractors," Media Matters, July 14, 2015.

“Recent Research for Shareholders in Corporate Governance,” Corporate Governance, June 30, 2015.

“Is a win for direct democracy necessarily a loss for legislatures – or a win for the people?”, Legislation Law Prof Blog, July 3, 2015.

“Thursday Round-Up,” SCOTUS Blog, July 2, 2015.

“Morning Reads,” Moyers & Co., June 23, 2015.

“Abbott Opposes Curbs on Dark Money,” Texas Tribune, June 1, 2015.

"Dark Money Interview by Bill Santiago," SiriusXM, May 7, 2015

"Tuesday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, May 5, 2015.

"Morning Reads," Moyers & Company, May 5, 2015.

"How the Founder of the Fugees Became a Big-Time Political Donor without Anyone Knowing," Slate, Mar. 31, 2015.

"Morning Reads," Moyers & Company, Mar. 23, 2015.

"Tuesday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, Mar. 10, 2015.

"Money Talks: Must-Read Stories About Money and Politics," Moyers & Company, Feb. 24, 2015.

"States Consider Requiring Shareholders to Approve Political Gifts," Huffington Post, Feb. 17, 2015.

"Thursday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, Feb. 12, 2015.

"Most Campaign Cash to NJ House Members Came From Out-of-State Donors," NJ.com, Jan. 17, 2015.

"Influence," Politico, Dec. 19, 2014.

"Thursday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, Dec. 18, 2014.

"Playbook," Politico, Nov. 20, 2014.

"Chevron Spent Millions to Influence These Local Elections - And Lost Big," Think Progress, Nov. 5, 2014.

"How Mitch McConnell is Bending Every Last Campaign Finance Rule," The Nation, Oct. 21, 2014.

"End the Flood of Dark Money in Politics," CNN, Sept. 11, 2014.

"Torres-Spelliscy on Parallels Between Establishment Clause & Campaign Finance Jurisprudence," Legal Theory Blog, Aug. 4, 2014.

"Tuesday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, July 8, 2014.

"SCOTUS Decision Says Religion is an OK Reason to Deny Contraception to Employees," WMNF, June 30, 2014.

"Friday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, June 20, 2014.

"The Policy Implications of Campaign Contributions," Judicature, May/June 2014.

"Pay-to-Play Laws Celebrate 20th Anniversary," NPR's All Things Considered, Apr. 25, 2014.

"Monday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, Apr. 7, 2014.

"Florida Bar Task Force Examines 'Concerning' Minority Judge Numbers," WFSU, Mar. 11, 2014.

"Money in Politics: Legal Experts Contemplate the Four Years Since Citizens United," WMNF, Feb. 28, 2014.

"The Billionaires' Boys Club" Slate, Feb. 1, 2014.

"Can Elections Be Fair with Corporate Donations?" DNA TV on Fusion, Jan. 14, 2014.

"Conflict Minerals," DNA TV on Fusion, Jan. 9, 2014.

“Corporate Campaign Contributions Issue Falls off SEC Regulatory Agenda,” Al Jazeera America, Dec. 6, 2013.

“Political Corporate Contributions Won't Be Aired in Daylight,” The Daily Beast, Dec. 5, 2013.

"Campaign Finance at the Supreme Court," Bay New 9, Nov. 26, 2013.

"Monday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, Oct. 7, 2013.

"The Hidden Danger in the Supreme Court's 'McCutcheon' Case," The Nation, Oct. 7, 2013.

"The Meaning of a Five Dollar Dress," Plan B Nation, Boston Globe, Sept. 21, 2013.

"Monday Round-Up," SCOTUS Blog, July 8, 2013.

"Governors' Groups Rely Increasingly on 'Dark Money' Affiliates," Center for Public Integrity, April 4, 2013.

"An Inclusive Judiciary Is a Work in Progress," New York Law Journal, Jan. 22, 2013.

"Lawyer Cited for Blasting Justin Timberlake Wins Case with Florida Supreme Court," Tampa Bay Times, Dec. 14, 2012.

"How Outside Money was Poured into Governors' Races," NBC News, Dec. 12, 2012.

"After a $6-Billion Campaign Bill, It's Time for a Price Check on Democracy," The Globe and Mail, Nov. 6, 2012.

"Mystery Firm is Election's Top Corporate Donor at $5.3 Million," NBC News and Center for Public Integrity, Nov. 2, 2012.

"Negative Fallout," The Register-Guard, Nov. 4, 2012.

"Super PACs, Nonprofits Favored Romney Over Obama," Center for Public Integrity and Open Secrets Blog, Oct. 30, 2012.

"Pennsylvania Governor Benefited from Untraceable $1.5 Million Donation," Center for Public Integrity, Oct. 18, 2012.

"Cash from Wisconsin Rocked Pennsylvania Governor's Race," Wisconsin Watch, Oct. 18, 2012.

"Citizens United Decision Affecting States' Uniqueness, Speakers at UM Say," Missoulian, Sept. 29, 2012.

"'Secret Money' Taking Over Campaign Funds," USA Today, Sept. 1, 2012.

"Never Mind Super PACs: How Big Business Is Buying the Election," The Nation, Aug. 30, 2012.

"What Do They Want in Return?" Fox
, Aug. 29, 2012.

"Flood of Secret Campaign Cash: It's Not All Citizens United,
" Pro Publica, Aug. 23, 2012.

"Super PACs Can't Give $1 Million to a Congressman But This One Did," Mother Jones, July 26, 2012.


"Million-dollar Donation in Indiana Race May Skirt Limits on Corporate Giving," iWatch News, July 26, 2012.

"RGA's Indiana Shell Game," Huffington Post, July 26, 2012.

"Take Focus Off the Court," Salon.com, June 27, 2012.


"In the Dark," Journal Gazette, May 20, 2012. 


"State Legislatures May Be Next Battleground for Post-Citizens United Shareholder Protection Proposals," ThinkProgress, Mar. 27, 2012.


"Advocates: Malloy Plan 'Betrays Spirit' of Reforms," Connecticut Mirror, Mar. 26, 2012.


"Connecticut Legislators Set Focus on Campaign Finance Reform," New Haven Register, Mar. 26, 2012.

"Time to Revive Democracy in the U.S.: Tell Shareholders How Their Dollars Are Used in Politics," The Nonprofit Quarterly, Jan. 11, 2012.

"The Controversy over Florida's Election Law Changes and Corporate Political Donations," WMNF, Jan. 6, 2012.

"No Voting After Church?," The Root, Jan. 5, 2012.

"Florida Early Voting Limits Could Negatively Affect Blacks, Latinos," Huffington Post, Jan. 4, 2012.

"Elections Expert: New Florida Law Could Affect Church Efforts to Get Out the Vote," Florida Independent, Nov. 14, 2011.

"Florida's New Voting Law May Impact Minorities," WMNF, Nov. 11, 2011.

"The Counter-Reformation," Huffington Post, Sept. 27, 2011.

"A Blockbuster Case Yields an Unexpected Result," New York Times, Sept. 19, 2011.

"Congressional Democrats Seek Corporate Disclosure Post-Citizens United," Huffington Post, July 13, 2011.

"Citizens United: The Shareholders Strike Back," Mother Jones, June 1, 2011.

"Transparency v. Free Speech," National Journal, May 22, 2011.

"All Things Considered," National Public Radio, May 13, 2011.

"For Public Financing Reform, All Eyes on New York State," Huffington Post, March 19, 2011.

"Analyst: N.M. Has Weak Campaign Finance Laws," The New Mexican, Mar. 1, 2011.

"Brennan Center Steps Up Calls for Campaign Finance Reform," Capitol Tonight, Jan. 20, 2011.

"A Cautionary Tale of Corporate Political Spending Emerges in Minnesota," ABA Journal, Oct. 22, 2010,

"For Your Ears Only/Newsweek On Air," WNYC, Oct. 9, 2010.

"The Invisible Rivers of Campaign Money," The Take Away, NPR, Oct. 1, 2010.

"30 Issues: Money & Politics - LLC Loophole," Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC, Sept. 24, 2010.

"Cuomo Accepts Millions of Dollars from Obscure Business Entities," WNYC, Aug.18, 2010.

"Incoming Justice Kagan Celebrates Her Confirmation With Obama," NY1, Aug. 6, 2010.

"For Your Ears Only/Newsweek On Air," WNYC, July 2, 2010.

"Live Commentary on the Kagan Nomination Hearings," NY1, June 29-30, 2010.

"Lawmakers Seek Greater Disclosure of Political Ads," NHPR, May 27, 2010.

"Still Struggling Despite Stepped-Up Efforts, State Has Few Minorities in Pool of Prospective Judges," Connecticut Law Tribune, May 3, 2010.

"Obama Voices Concerns Over Corporate Influence," L.A. Times, May 1, 2010.

"DISCLOSE Act Introduced To Respond To Citizens United Ruling," National Law Journal, Apr. 29, 2010.

"Campaign Donations: Access or Ideology?," Fox Business, Apr. 22, 2010.

"States Act to Revise Judicial Selection," USA Today, Mar. 31, 2010.

"Supreme Court Ruling Changes Campaign Landscape for Big Business," Fox Business, Feb. 12, 2010.

"How Corporations Secretly Move Millions to Fund Political Ads," The Raw Story, Feb. 4, 2010.

"NYC May Provide New Model After Supreme Court Campaign-Finance Ruling," WNYC, Jan. 21, 2010.

"The Big Question: Will Corporate Money Change Campaigns?," The Hill, Jan. 21, 2010.

"State of the State," WBAI Evening News, Jan. 6, 2010.

"Election Spending: Reformers on Flood Watch," National Journal, Nov. 7, 2009.

"Sonia Sotomayor's Nomination Draws Focus to the Gains of Minority and Female Judges Nationwide," Christian Science Monitor, July 24, 2009.

"Pruning a Jungle," The Economist, Apr. 23, 2009.

"Making the Judiciary Look More like America," NPR's The Takeaway, Feb. 27, 2009.

"Think Tank Finds Diversity Still Lacking on Bench in Md," Daily Record, Feb. 2, 2009.

"Opportunity is Knocking for Legal Diversity," Providence Journal, Jan. 27, 2009.

Advocacy and Data Sets

Advocacy

Comment to the Securities and Exchange Commission on political spending and climate disclosure June 8, 2021

FEC Statement of Ciara Torres-Spelliscy June 23, 2016

Letter to FEC Chair Ann Ravel regarding Dark Money January 14, 2015.

Letter to Senate Rules Committee from Prof. Torres-Spelliscy's, April 30, 2014 Hearing re Dark Money

Comment Submitted to the SEC by Prof. Ciara Torres-Spelliscy on the Commission's Four Year Strategic Plan

Comment Submitted to the IRS's REG-134417-13 Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Political Activity by Nonprofits.

Letter to the New York Attorney General in Support of Charity Disclosure

Statement by Prof. Torres-Spelliscy before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Watergate and Citizens United

Prof. Ciara Torres-Spelliscy Joins Constitutional Law Professors' Supreme Court Amicus Brief in American Tradition Partnership Case

Statement Submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration on the DISCLOSE Act

Comment Submitted to the SEC in Support of Transparency of Corporate Political Spending

Testimony Submitted to the U.S. Senate on the history of voting rights in Florida

Testimony before the Connecticut Legislature about Post-Citizens United State Shareholder Protections

Testimony before the U.S. House Administration Committee about Post-Citizens United Federal Shareholder Protections

Testimony before the U.S. House Financial Services Committee about Post-Citizens United Securities Law Changes

Testimony before the Maryland Legislature about State Shareholder Protections and Campaign Finance Disclosure

Testimony before the New York Senate about Omnibus Campaign Finance Reforms

Testimony before the New York City Campaign Finance Board about Independent Expenditures

 

Datasets
 

Final RGA DGA Donor List