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Interfaith Coalition and Members of Congress to host Congressional Briefing on Money in Politics
Group to look at issue from a legislative, bipartisan, faith perspective
Who: Members of Congress, Auburn Seminary and an Interfaith Coalition of D.C. based advocacy groups
What: Congressional Briefing on Money in Politics from a Faith Perspective
Where: Cannon House Office Building, Room 421
When: Wednesday June 11th 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Reacting to the continued influx of money into the political process, the Auburn Seminary authored a recent report, Lo$ing Faith in Our Democracy: A Theological Critique of the Role of Money in Politics. Written in conjunction with several theologians across multiple faiths, the report explores the corrosive role of money in our political system and how it is compromising the mission of the broader faith community. This Congressional briefing, put on in conjunction with an interfaith, bipartisan coalition of 18 faith organizations looking at the issue from a legislative perspective, will be an opportunity to discuss the increasing moral imperative of reforming the way we finance our politics.
The briefing will feature opening remarks from two Congressional leaders working to change the way we finance our politics, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI). Rabbi Justus Baird of Auburn Seminary and Sandy Sorensen of the United Church of Christ will offer remarks on how to apply theological wisdom from multiple religious traditions to the thorny issue of campaign finance, in addition to remarks from Robert Weissman of Public Citizen and Miles Rapoport from Common Cause.