On Saturday I attended an excellent New Yorker Festival panel about politics and money, featuring some impressive speakers:
- Jane Mayer (moderator), a longtime staff writer for the New Yorker;
- Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School;
- Cleta Mitchell, a former member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives who is now a partner in the political law practice of Foley & Lardner;
- Ted Olson, former Solicitor General of the United States and current partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; and
- Seth Waxman, former Solicitor General of the United States and current partner at WilmerHale.
What did these distinguished and high-powered panelists have to say about the influence of money on our political system?