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Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs Presents

Battle of the Mega-Donors: The Koch Network vs. Democracy Alliance

4/6/17, 12:00 PM

About this event

Thursday, April 6
12:00 - 1:15pm
Humphrey Forum


Debates about “big money” in U.S. politics mostly focus on individual contributors in specific elections. But in the current political climate, many millionaires and billionaires have banded together into donor consortia that aim to transform policies to suit their agenda across the nation. On the free-market right, the Koch brothers support a tightly interlocked set of political operations that have successfully reshaped GOP agendas. By comparison, progressive-minded donors in the Democracy Alliance spread less money over a broader range of causes at the left edge of the Democratic Party.

Theda Skocpol (PhD, Harvard, 1975) is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. Skocpol's work covers an unusually broad spectrum of topics including both comparative politics (States and Social Revolutions, 1979) and American politics (Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States, 1992).

Jason Flohrs serves as the State Director for the Minnesota Chapter of Americans for Prosperity. Prior to joining AFP, Jason served as Executive Director for the North Dakota Republican Party. He has managed state and national campaigns throughout the Upper Midwest, including U.S. House races in Minnesota, Iowa, and North Dakota. In other roles, Jason operated his own public affairs consulting firm, served as Director of Government Affairs for TwinWest Chambers of Commerce, and worked for the House Republican Caucus at the Minnesota State Capitol.

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Event Location
  • Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • 301 19th Ave S, 307
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA
This event is presented by Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, Humphrey School of Public Affairs