EVENT: Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections, a Genuine Threat to Our Democracy


WASHINGTON – Campaign Legal Center (CLC) will host an event, “Examining Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections” on Oct. 12, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pillsbury Building, 1200 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. The event will feature a series of panels and bring together campaign finance, cybersecurity, foreign policy, and other experts to examine lessons learned from the 2016 election and to look towards solutions. Lunch will be served.  The event is part of a series of events marking CLC’s 15 years of advancing democracy through law, and is sponsored by Democracy Fund.  Press should RSVP online via this link. 

WHO:   Campaign finance, cybersecurity, foreign policy, and other experts (full agenda and confirmed speakers listed below)   

WHAT:  “Examining Foreign Interference and Vulnerabilities in U.S. Elections” 

WHERE: Pillsbury Building, 1200 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

WHEN:  10 a.m. EST to 5 p.m. EST 


10:00 a.m. 

Welcome Trevor Potter, President of the Campaign Legal Center and Former Republican Commissioner of the Federal Election Commission

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Foreign Interference in the 2016 Elections: Russia and Beyond 

Panelists:  Dana Priest, Investigative Reporter, Washington Post Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News  Moderated by Sandhya Bathija, Director, Strategic Communications, Campaign Legal Center 

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  Foreign Interference in the 2016 Elections: The Vulnerabilities of the Law Exposed 

Panelists: Adav Noti, Senior Director, Trial Litigation and Strategy, Campaign Legal Center  Joe Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist and Director of the Internet Architecture project, Center for Democracy and Technology  Daniel Petalas, former head of enforcement at FEC and DOJ Public Integrity Section prosecutor

Moderated by Tara Malloy, Senior Director, Appellate Litigation and Strategy, Campaign Legal Center 

12:45 p.m. – 1: 15 p.m.  Lunch 

1:15 p.m. – 2: 30 p.m. Addressing Foreign Interference: How Can Disciplines Other than Election Law Inform Our Approach? 

Panelists:  Max Bergmann, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Dr. Andrew Kuchins, Senior Associate, Russia and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies Laura Rosenberger, Director, Alliance for Securing Democracy, Senior Fellow, German-Marshall Fund

Moderated by Norman Ornstein, Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and contributing editor for The Atlantic

3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m. The Way Forward: Fixes for 2018 and Beyond 

Panelists:  David Kolker, Counsel, Campaign Legal Center, and former head of litigation at the Federal Election Commission  Philippa Scarlett, former White House deputy intellectual property enforcement coordinator  Douglas Guilbeault, Oxford Internet Institute and Annenberg School for Communication

Moderated by Larry Noble, Senior Director and General Counsel, Campaign Legal Center