Is dark money running our government? Find out from Kroll and Donnelly

Hackensack, NJ (January 9, 2014) — North Jersey Public Policy Network, the non-partisan education network committed to education on public policy challenges, will bring distinguished experts Andy Kroll of Mother Jones and David Donnelly, Executive Director of Public Campaign Action Fund for an informative presentation and discussion. Kroll and Donnelly will discuss these issues surrounding money influence and offer solutions an engaged electorate can consider. A question and answer session will follow their presentations.

This program will take place on January 16th at 7:30pm in the Wilson Auditorium/Dickinson Building at Fairleigh Dickinson University Metro Campus in Hackensack. The program is free and open to all.  Pre-registration is recommended with an rsvp to: info@njppn.org.

The American Dream has become a growing concern to the American public.  The middle class has been declining, poverty levels are increasing, the job market has not fully rebounded, and some think it may not.  Many important issues go unaddressed. Yet, at the same time the American people are aware that more and more money has entered the political process resulting in special interest influence on elections, legislators and public policy. To many the issues are complex and the solutions seem impossible to achieve. 

Money can be a corrupting influence in politics and that “dark” money means the Americans do not know where and to whom the money has gone. Transparency has been sacrificed. Those studying the issue of money influence are concerned it may be undermining democracy and that it is time to challenge such activity.  

Based in Washington, D.C., Andy Kroll's fearless journalism has covered topics on money influence for such media as the Wall Street Journal, Salon, CNN.com and others. His most recent work appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Mother Jones "All the Right Moves" outlining how a single individual's money can upend the lives of ordinary citizens. 

David Donnelly has been actively involved in campaign finance reform. The public has an opportunity to obtain valuable information and participate in a dynamic Q & A. 

NJPPN is a non-partisan volunteer network committed to providing accurate information to the public. Created in 2009 to serve the public interest through education and advocacy, NJPPN’s membership represents diverse age groups, backgrounds, and professions. The organization welcomes independent thinkers whose opinions about what is best for America are based on factual and credible information from trusted sources.

Devoted to the preparation of world citizens through global education, Fairleigh Dickinson is New Jersey's largest private university and features more than 100 liberal arts and professional degree programs, two international campuses, dozens of partnerships with internationally renowned institutions and special programs and status within the United Nations. For more information, go to www.fdu.edu.

Wilson Auditorium is located at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus in Hackensack, NJ. For GPS directions, use 800 University Plaza Drive (Temple Place) off Hackensack Avenue.

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