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Glenn Sterner, Ph.D., Justice Center Postdoctoral Scholar, will present at the Criminology Forum on 12/5

Justice Center Postdoctoral Scholar, Glenn Sterner will be our speaker at the Criminology Forum on Monday, December 5th 12:00pm -1:00pm in 406 Oswald Tower. The topic of his talk will be “Network of Influence: Exploring Criminal Justice Campaign Finance in Montgomery County, PA.” Montgomery County had readily available public data that provided a convenience sample.

Post Citizens United, campaign contributions to elected officials in the US are a topic of great debate regarding the functioning of our democracy. The strongest opponents of financial contributions to elected official’s political campaigns allege the ability for individuals and organizations to utilize these contributions as a way to “buy campaigns” or leverage influence on elected officials. Even more insidious is the allegation that contributors aim to influence a network of campaigns, to manipulate a greater section of the democratic system of government. Much of the critiques and analyses regarding campaign contributions are aimed at high profile officials, i.e. US President, US Congress, or Governors. Less attention is given to local officials, especially those within the criminal justice system. This presentation highlights several preliminary findings from a pilot study that utilizes a social network approach to examine the network of campaign contributions to elected criminal justice system officials.

Tune in to the talk via Adobe Connect Meeting:

https://meeting.psu.edu/crimforumglennsterner/