Monday, October 19, 2020

7:30pm – 8:30pm

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It has been said that “keeping money of out of politics is like eating soup with a fork; you can do it but not very well.”  This is more true today than ever before. This 4-Towns Forum, sponsored by the Digital Citizenry Project, will consider:

  • How technology has changed who gives and how much they give to politicians
  • How social media and mobile apps have changed the process of professional campaign fundraising
  • The role that campaign finance law, social media, and technology have had both in democratizing the fundraising process as well as allowing for the growth in decidedly undemocratic mega donors
  • How might campaign finance reform law adapt to these changes in technology


Saily Avelenda, Executive Director of the New Jersey Democratic Party

Matthew Hale, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Seton Hall University

Brandon McKoy, President, New Jersey Policy Perspective

Moderator: Stephen Schnall, South Orange Village Trustee

The Digital Citizenry Project, which is funded by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, aims to foster virtual conversations across four neighboring towns—South Orange, Maplewood, Orange, and East Orange—about what it means to be an engaged citizen in the 21st century. Contact the project coordinators, Mary Balkun and Marta Deyrup, for further information: and