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Ads, Money and Politics: The Impact of Citizens United on the 2016 Election
Start Date: 10/13/2016Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 10/13/2016End Time: 8:00 PM
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The corruption satirized in Mark Twain’s 1873 The Gilded Age (with Charles Dudley Warner) became synonymous with the greed and politics of his era.  In 2007 Jack Beatty chronicled its dark side in his Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900. The excesses in American society after the Civil War at the end of the 19th Century parallel ours at the beginning of the 21st Century.

Then came the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court ruling in January 2010 that redefined the limits of corporate political giving.  At a Georgetown Law School conference a week after the ruling, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor observed: “In invalidating some of the existing checks on campaign spending, the majority in Citizens United has signaled that the problem of campaign contributions in judicial elections might get considerably worse and quite soon.”

About the Program

More than 6 years have passed since the historic Supreme Court Citizens United V. FEC decision. Is the ruling impacting the 2016 presidential election? If so, how? Join Baruch College’s Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity and Corporate Communication International (CCI) to find out.  Panelists include Keith Reinhard, DDB Worldwide Chairman Emeritus, Allen Rosenshine, BBDO Worldwide, Emeritus CEO and Daniel I. Weiner, Senior Counsel, Democracy Program Brennan Center for Justice.

About the Speakers

Keith Reinhard Low Res Photo 9 20151Keith Reinhard is Chairman Emeritus of the DDB Worldwide Communications Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most awarded advertising agency networks.  Keith is one of the few agency leaders to rise through the creative side of the business.  He experienced being a writer, art director and creative group head before moving into agency management. As a working creative director, Keith and his team gave birth to McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today,” named the number one jingle of the 20th Century by Advertising Age magazine, as well as McDonald’s famous tongue-twister,“Two-all-beef-patties-special-sauce-lettuce-cheese-pickles-onions on a sesame seed bun.”  He and his group also created State Farm’s long-running theme, “Just Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm Is There.” Over the years, his agency has been responsible for award-winning campaigns for Volkswagen, Audi, Anheuser-Busch, Michelin Tires, Philips Electronics, Diesel Jeans and many others.

In 1986, Keith was one of the architects of the advertising industry’s first and only three-way merger, creating Omnicom, which ranks as one of the world’s largest advertising and marketing services holding company.  Concurrent with Omnicom’s creation, Keith accomplished the successful merger of Doyle Dane Bernbach and Needham Harper Worldwide to create the present network, DDB Worldwide, which he led as Chairman and CEO for 16 years.

A member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, Keith has been referred to as the industry’s “soft-spoken visionary” by Advertising Age, which in 1999 named him  one of the 100 most influential figures in the history of advertising.

Keith is a past Chairman of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and past Chairman of the Board of Union Theological Seminary in New York.  From 2002 to 2010 he was President of Business for Diplomatic Action, a not-for-profit effort he founded to enlist the U.S. business community in actions aimed at improving the perception of America in the world. Among many other civic and philanthropic activities, Keith has served on the boards of New York City Ballet and Sesame Workshop.  He is currently a board member of the Starfish Foundation and Jazz at Lincoln Center where he heads the board’s Marketing Committee. He is also the author of Any Wednesday, a collection of notes on advertising and life.

Keith is the father of seven children.  He and his wife Rose-Lee, live in Manhattan.

Allen RosenshineAllen Rosenshine has been recognized by Advertising Age as one of the hundred most influential people in advertising during the past century and is a member of the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Fame.

In 1986, Allen spearheaded what Time magazine called advertising’s “big bang” — the creation of Omnicom Group, now one of the world’s largest and most successful marketing communications companies.  At the time, Allen was head of BBDO Worldwide, which joined with Doyle Dane Bernbach and Needham Harper to create a unique merger of three major advertising agencies.

Allen was the first chief executive of Omnicom.  The three agencies brought worldwide billings of $4.9 billion to Omnicom which grew to $6.3 billion by early 1989.

Allen then surprised the industry by bringing Bruce Crawford, his predecessor at BBDO, back to the business to replace him at Omnicom.  Allen returned to BBDO, which he had continued to oversee as an Omnicom subsidiary.  He explained that unlike the agency business, running a publicly-owned, finance-oriented holding company was not his expertise or interest.  Allen rejoined BBDO as chairman and chief executive officer.  It grew to become one of the world’s largest advertising agencies with companies in countries spanning all regions of the globe. To continue reading, please click here.

Daniel I. Weiner serves as Senior Counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, where his work focuses on money in politics.

Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Mr. Weiner served as Senior Counsel to Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub at the Federal Election Commission, including during her term as Chair of the Commission in 2013. In this role, Mr. Weiner assisted the Commissioner with her duties in managing the agency, and advised her on a broad array of issues under the First Amendment, the Federal Election Campaign Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. Before his service at the FEC, Mr. Weiner was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, LLP.  At Jenner, Mr. Weiner counseled a wide variety of clients and litigated cases at the trial and appellate levels, including as a member of the firm’s Election Law and Redistricting practice group. He also maintained an active pro bono practice focused particularly on LGBT rights.

Mr. Weiner received his J.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2005. He was an Executive Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review and co-Articles Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender. After law school, Mr. Weiner clerked for the Honorable Diana E. Murphy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2001.


Corporate Communication International - enhancing the performance and reputation of corporate communication as a strategic management function; the number one choice of practicing professionals and scholars for information and knowledge on corporate communication.


6:15 p.m. - Registration
6:30 p.m. - Presentation
7:30 p.m. - Q&A


Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Register online, by phone or e-mail:

  1. Complete the online registration form
  2. Call us at 646-312-3231
  3. E-mail us at

Location Information:
Baruch College - Newman Vertical Campus  (View Map)
55 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10010
New York
Room: Room 14-220
Contact Information:
Name: Matthew LePere
Phone: 646-312-3231
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