EVENT ADVISORY: Laboratories for Corruption: How Special Interests Are Driving Harmful State Policies

Washington, D.C. — States have long been lauded as “laboratories of democracy,” where new ideas and practices can be tested and refined. Often, state laboratories serve as models for implementing affirmative policies that better people’s lives and make government more efficient. But this is not always the case. Some states have been used as testing grounds for policies that skew political and economic power toward corporations or billionaires and away from everyday Americans.

Many harmful state policies—such as irresponsible tax cuts, deregulation, and attacks on unions and essential workplace protections—are byproducts of corporate lobbying and conservative special-interest groups whose main purpose is to help the rich and powerful exploit the lawmaking process for their own benefit. Now, these groups are looking to spread their influence across the country and to the federal level.

Please join the Center for American Progress for a discussion on how corporations and special-interest groups promote state policies that make corporations and wealthy donors richer while hurting American families. The discussion will also examine how lawmakers backed by these groups further corrupt democratic processes in order to maintain power and keep harmful policies in place.

Press are welcome to RSVP by following this link.

WHO:
Introductory remarks:
Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress

Featured panelists:
State Sen. Dinah Sykes (D-KS)
Lisa Graves, President of the Board, Center for Media and Democracy; Co-Founder, Documented Investigations
Naomi Walker, Director of the Economic Analysis and Research Network, Economic Policy Institute
Danielle Root, Associate Director of Voting Rights for Democracy and Government, Center for American Progress

Moderator:
Sam Berger, Vice President of Democracy and Government Reform, Center for American Progress

WHEN:
Monday, July 22, 2019
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:
Center for American Progress
1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005

For more information or to speak to an expert, please contact Julia Cusick at or 202-495-3682.