Oral history interview with Michael Waldman, 2013


Waldman, Michael, 1960- (Interviewee)
Farber, Myron (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Michael Waldman, 2013
Career beginnings: Columbia College graduate, New York University Law School, Public Citizen's Congress Watch; William J. Clinton Administration: joined Clinton presidential campaign, appointed as Special Assistant to the President for Policy Coordination on campaign finance reform, President Clinton's Director of Speechwriting; history of presidential speechwriting from Abraham Lincoln to William J. Clinton; William J. Brennan Jr. and the development of the Brennan Center for Justice: pushing for institutional reform in United States democracy; progressive versus conservative theories of immigration; relationship with Carnegie Corporation as Brennan Center funder; history of campaign finance reform in the United States: Tillman Act of 1907, Buckley v. Valeo, McCain-Feingold legislation of 2002, McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Citizen's United, Political Action Committees and SuperPACs; Brennan Center and voter rights: history of voting rights in the United States, National Voter Registration Act, Help America Vote Act, early voting, Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act; importance of the Carnegie Corporation in establishing the legitimacy of the Brennan Center.
Collection Name
Carnegie Corporation project. Part 3
Education; Lawyers; Charitable uses, trusts, and foundations--Political activity; Endowments; Gregorian, Vartan; Waldman, Michael, 1960-; Brennan Center for Justice; Carnegie Corporation of New York
oral histories
Physical Description
51 pages. + index; 1 digital audio file (90 min.)
Note (Biographical)
President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
Interviewed by Myron Farber on March 25, 2013.
Note (Provenance)
Gift of Michael Waldman
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Carnegie Corporation Oral History Project [Staging]
Oral History Archives at Columbia
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