NEW YORK, April 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) discussed the influence of money in politics, including the impact of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision regarding political fund-raising, at a forum today hosted by Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in the law firm's New York offices.
At the event, "The Billion Dollar Presidential Campaign: How Money is Undermining Our Democracy," Congressman Nadler also covered a range of other controversial topics concerning members of Congress, including congressional redistricting, prospects for federal funding for mass transit in New York and the Obama health care bill currently before the Supreme Court.
Stroock partner Robert Abrams, former Attorney General of New York and Chair of the firm's Government Relations practice, and Stroock Special Counsel and election law expert Jerry H. Goldfeder moderated a question-and-answer session after Congressman Nadler's remarks.
"Congressman Nadler conveyed his commitment to New York on a range of issues with eloquence and passion," said Abrams. "His is a voice expressing progressive values and reason in today's polarizing political climate."
Nadler represents the Eighth Congressional District of New York, which includes much of the West Side of Manhattan, the Financial District and diverse parts of Brooklyn. He began his political career in 1976 in the New York State Assembly, where he served for 16 years. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992 and has served in Congress since then.
The event was the eighth in a series hosted by Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP during the last year. Previous participants included Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Thomas F. Prendergast, President MTA New York City Transit; James Vacca, New York City Council – Transportation Chair; and Gene Russianoff, Attorney and Spokesman for the Straphangers Campaign; New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli; high-level prosecutors in a forum on public corruption; Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi; New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, former New York City Comptroller and Democratic candidate for Mayor William Thompson; and most recently, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.
Today's event was sponsored by Stroock's Government Relations group, which is comprised of former prosecutors, judges, and government agency officials. The practice is led by Mr. Abrams, who also served as President of the National Association of Attorneys General, Executive Chair of New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's Transition Committee and Honorary Co-Chair of Attorney General Schneiderman's Transition Committee.
SOURCE Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP