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Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s fame to speak about money in politics at Stetson law school

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Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport will host a daylong symposium on March 24, on how corporate law, litigation, lobbying and money in politics intersect with the political system and our democracy.

The theme of the event is,  “Can Corporations Be Good Citizens? How Corporate Law, Litigation, Lobbying and Money in Politics Intersect,” and the keynote address will be given by Ben Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.

Other presenters include Lee Fang of the Intercept, who will moderate a panel on potential reforms; Keesha Gaskins-Nathan of the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, who will moderate a panel on empirical studies on corporation and the political system and former USA Today political reporter Kathy Kiely, who will moderate a discussion about the legal and constitutional role of corporations in democracy at 9:15 a.m.;

“The role of corporations in our democratic form of government has become a hot topic of debate since the Supreme Court granted corporations more power to spend money in our elections in Citizens United v. FEC. This topic is particularly salient given the potential conflicts of interest presented by the new administration. Speakers at the symposium will tackle this topic from interdisciplinary vantage points,” said Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, an expert in election law at Stetson University.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 in the Great Hall at Stetson law school, 1401 61st St. S. in Gulfport. To RSVP to attend the event, sign up here.




Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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