States will get $400 million to make voting in the coronavirus presidential election easier and safer, but with almost no strings attached, under the massive economic recovery package unveiled Wednesday.
The pot of money in the nearly $2 trillion stimulus deal, on a fast track to pass the Senate by day's end with the House vote timetable uncertain, is the result of an unusually intense and coordinated lobbying campaign by some of the major players in the democracy reform movement.
While celebrating a rare victory for one of their causes, some groups nonetheless said they would seek much more money in what's likely to be another pandemic response package from Congress this spring. These groups warned the initial infusion of cash will prove insufficient to prevent justifiable anxiety about voting this fall, and that an absence of any legislative mandates will allow too much of the grant money to get spent unwisely.
Organizers: Rebuild Congress Initiative, Leadership Now Project and Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni
Come join Leadership Now members and GSB Alumni for a virtual conversation with Professor Anat Admati about how business leaders can help restore trust in capitalism and democracy. Ethan Rouen will moderate this fascinating discussion.
Organizer: Leadership Now Project
Leadership Now will be hosting Harvard Law School Professor Larry Lessig at their office for breakfast and a conversation about his new book, "They Don't Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy." Join them for a discussion from 8:30 to 9:30 am, followed by a brief meet & greet from 9:30-10:00am. Breakfast will be provided.
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The Leadership Now Project was incubated by a group of Harvard Business School alumni as an innovative model for sustained and strategic engagement to fix democracy. Its membership organization of business professionals are concerned about the future of our democracy. It enables its members to strategically engage & invest in politics through a focus on the threats to the fundamentals of democracy: Issues including low voter turnout, gerrymandering, campaign finance rules, and a lack of highly qualified candidates are problems that require immediate attention as well as a long-term focus.