Disrupting American Politics

Will our Democracy outlast the two-party system?
6:00 PM 7:30 PM

Disrupting American Politics

6:00 PM 7:30 PM

America’s two predominant political parties—Democratic and Republican—are billion-dollar economic and political engines with extensive influence on the policies that impact Americans’ daily lives. As the political divides between these parties grow, Americans are increasingly asking, “Do these parties truly represent me?” and “Who is really benefitting from this two-party system?”

Join American Public Square at Jewell virtually for a Signature Series program that explores the complexities of bipartisanship. We’ll look at emerging models of election reform and legislative representation to consider whether any of them stand a chance at changing the political landscape in America.

This event will be moderated by:  Ambassador Allan Katz, APS Founder and CEO

Distinguished panelists include:

    • Benjamin Ginsberg, attorney and political law advocate
    • U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6)
    • Benjamin Singer, CEO, Show Me Integrity

This event will take place virtually.

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This is a virtual event. Tickets are complimentary, but registration is required.

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Benjamin Ginsberg is a nationally known political law advocate representing participants in the political process. He is most well-known for his work representing the Republican Party and its political campaigns, candidates, members of Congress, state legislatures and governors, as well as corporations, trade associations, businesses, and individuals participating in the political process. He represented four of the last six Republican presidential nominees.

Ginsberg’s representations have ranged across a variety of election law and regulatory issues, including voting issues and elections, federal and state campaign finance laws, recounts and contests, government investigations, election administration, and redistricting. He served as cochair of the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which produced a much-lauded report on best practices and recommendations for state and local officials to make US elections run better.

His academic background includes being a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School, an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and a fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. Currently a CNN contributor, he appears frequently on television as an on-air commentator about politics and the law and has written numerous articles on US politics.

He served as national counsel to the 2000 and 2004 Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns and played a central role in the 2000 Florida recount. In 2012 and 2008, he served as national counsel to the Romney for President campaign. He was a partner at Jones Day from 2014 to 2020 and, before that, at Patton Boggs for 23 years.

U.S. Representative Chrissy Houlahan is an Air Force veteran, engineer, entrepreneur, and educator who is continuing her career as the first woman ever to represent Pennsylvania’s 6th District in Congress.

Houlahan is the daughter and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. She grew up in a military family and earned her engineering degree from Stanford with an ROTC scholarship that launched her service in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserves, and later earned her M.S. in Technology and Policy from MIT.

Houlahan has helped lead several Southeastern Pennsylvania companies including AND1, a basketball apparel company headquartered in Paoli, and B Lab, the organization that launched the B Corporation movement. She went on to serve in Teach for America as a chemistry teacher at Simon Gratz High School in North Philadelphia, and then led and scaled a non-profit helping thousands of underserved students all across America build their literacy skills.

Houlahan is committed to fighting for access to quality, affordable healthcare, common sense gun safety, government accountability and transparency, and working to build a strong, stable economy. During the 116th Congress, Houlahan was honored to have been a recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce presents this award to top Senators and Representatives on both sides of the aisle for supporting legislation that is important to the business community and the free enterprise system.

Representative Houlahan is a leader, a mom, a longtime resident of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and a first-time congressional representative.

Benjamin Singer, the CEO of Show Me Integrity, has worked with Republican, Democratic, and independent reformers since 2012 on local, state, and federal advocacy campaigns to create a more effective, ethical government. He has worked on ethics, campaign finance, redistricting, and electoral reforms with leaders across the political spectrum including Sen. John Danforth, Sen. Rob Schaaf, and an independent effort to help re-elect the late Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. His work has been featured in TV, radio, and newspaper outlets across the nation.

In 2021 Show Me Integrity won the American Civic Collaboration Award, which celebrates partnerships that strengthen America, for the organization’s work on a project that brought together an unlikely duo: Republican former Governor Matt Blunt and Democratic former Secretary of State Jason Kander, two military veterans who fought to defend democracy and then came home to administer it as secretaries of state.

In 2016 Benjamin was the National Campaign Director for a bipartisan PAC to elect reformers, co-founded by Republican strategist Mark McKinnon and Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig. Benjamin came back home to Missouri in 2018 to serve as the Communications Director for Clean Missouri, which won a statewide ballot initiative. In 2020 he helped lead the St. Louis Approves campaign, which won with 68%, to make St. Louis City elections nonpartisan, forcing candidates to win a true majority of the vote. This year, Show Me Integrity placed another measure on the 2022 ballot to reform conflicts of interest in St. Louis City government. It is polling at 80%.

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