Does corporate money intersect with politics? Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream presents at Stetson Law Review Symposium

Ben Cohen spoke at Stetson.

Ben Cohen spoke at Stetson.

Stetson University College of Law hosted a daylong Stetson Law Review Symposium, “Can Corporations Be Good Citizens? How Corporate Law, Litigation, Lobbying and Money in Politics Intersect,” on March 24 in Gulfport, Florida.

The keynote was presented by Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. Cohen, who founded the non-profit Stamp Stampede to build a movement to get big money out of politics, made a lively presentation on the humble beginnings of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and discussed the impact of corporate money in politics.

“There’s going to be a ballot initiative in 2018, in favor of an amendment to the constitution to make it so that corporations cannot contribute millions and millions of dollars to politicians in a system which is essentially legalized bribery,” said Cohen.

Symposium presentations included:

  • Journalist Kathy Kiely formerly of Bill Moyers & co. moderated a discussion about the legal and constitutional role of corporations in democracy;
  • Keesha Gaskins-Nathan of the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation moderated a panel on what empirical studies show about corporations and the political system;
  • Journalist Lee Fang of the Intercept moderated a panel on potential reforms.