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Conference: Lobbying & Ethics Reforms in the US and EU

WHO: Lobbying experts from the United States and Europe (detailed bios can be found here)

American University Moderators: James Thurber, director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies; Patrick Griffin , Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies; Michelle Egan, School of International Service

Robert Bauer keynote speaker

Panelists: Frank Baumgartner, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Michelle Cini, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University; Janos Bertok, Head of Division, Public Sector Integrity, OECD; David Coen, University College London; Lee Drutman, Sunlight Foundation; Craig Holman, Public Citizen’s Watch; Karl Isaksson, Kreab Gavin Anderson; Chairman, European Public Affairs Consultancies’ Association; Meredith McGehee, Campaign Legal Center; Lisa Rosenberg, Sunlight Foundation; Tom Susman, American Bar Association; Timothy LaPira, James Madison University; Burdett Loomis, University of Kansas; Norm Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute; Trevor Potter, Campaign Legal Center

WHAT: Conference on Lobbying, Ethics Reform in U.S. and E.U.

WHEN: March 17, 9:30 am – 4:15 pm

WHERE: American University, Mary Graydon Center Room 5. See map

Also available via live stream

Contact: For further information or to RSVP please contact J. Paul Johnson in American University Communications at 202-885-5943 or via e-mail at

What is the status of lobbying and ethics reform in the United States and European Union? American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies (CCPS) is hosting the Conference on Lobbying Reform in the U.S. and EU featuring academics and reformers from both sides of the Atlantic in Washington on March 17. The conference is co-sponsored by the School of Public Affairs and School of International Service. The conference will be available via live stream and can be followed via Twitter hashtag #SPALobby.

The conference focuses on the causes and characteristics of lobbying and ethics reform in the U.S., including the Obama administration’s efforts and when Obama served in the Senate. Participants from Europe will describe the lobbying and ethics reforms in Brussels in the EU’s Commission and Parliament in addition to efforts in Paris at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Director of the CCPS, James Thurber says, “With the massive increase in the amount of money flowing into election campaigns in the U.S. and the ‘bribes for amendments’ scandal in Brussels, there is continued focus on how to improve ethics and lobbying in the U.S. and Europe.”

The conference will feature four panels and lunch keynote (12:30 pm – 1:30 pm) speaker, Robert Bauer, partner, Perkins-Coie, who served as White House Counsel to President Obama and in 2013 was named by President Obama to co-chair the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, will comment on lobbying and ethics reform.

9:45 am – 11:00 am
Panel 1: The Current State of Lobbying and Ethics Reforms in the U.S.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Panel 2: Lobbying and Ethics Reforms in the EU/OECD Nations

1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
Panel 3: Measuring and Assessing the Impact of Lobbying Reforms

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Panel 4: Where is the Future of Lobbying Reform? Who is in the Lead: E.U. vs. the U.S.?

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