What role can — and should — the so-called “fourth branch” of government (corporations, nonprofits and other interest groups) play in influencing federal, state and local governments? And how are they addressing division, apathy and disinformation in elections?
Those are among the topics that a panel of experts will discuss in “How the ‘Fourth Branch’ Can Help Preserve the Rule of Law in Elections” on Friday, Feb. 3, at the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in New Orleans. The program is sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Election Law.
Corporations and nonprofits are now “quite active in elections, because elections drive policy,” says Jason D. Kaune, a partner in the San Francisco Bay Area office of Nielsen Merksamer and chair of SCEL.
The role of the Corporate Social Responsibility movement, which prioritizes playing a positive role in the community and taking into account the environmental and social impact of business decisions will be examined.