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Professor Spencer Overton
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

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8 January, 2013

Spencer Overton


B.A., Mass Media/Journalism, Hampton University, 1990
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1993

Special Interests
Campaign Finance, Lobbying, Government Ethics, Voting Rights

Selected Publications

Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression,
W.W. Norton.

The Participation Interest,
100 GEO. L.J. 1259 (2012).

Matching Political Contributions,
96 MINN. L. REV. 1694 (2012).

Voter Identification,
105 MICH. L. REV. 631 (2007).

The Donor Class: Campaign Finance, Democracy, and Participation,
153 U. PA. L. REV. 73 (2004).

Restraint and Responsibility: Judicial Review of Campaign Reform,
61 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 663 (2004).

Judicial Modesty and the Lessons of McConnell v. FEC,
3 ELECTION L. J. 305 (2004).

But Some Are More Equal: Race, Exclusion, and Campaign Finance,
80 TEX. L. REV. 987 (2002).

Rules, Standards, and Bush v. Gore: Form and the Law of Democracy,
37 HARV. C.R.-C.L. L. REV. 65 (2002).

Mistaken Identity: Unveiling the Property Characteristics of Political Money,
53 VAND. L. REV. 1235 (2000)

Selected Opinion Pieces

Should the United States Adopt Voter ID Cards?
The New York Times Upfront Magazine
November 14, 2005
(a debate with former President Jimmy Carter)

The Carter-Baker ID Card Proposal: Worse Than Georgia
Roll Call
September 28, 2005

Visit Carter-Baker Dissent to read Professor Overton's dissenting views to the Carter-Baker Commission's photo ID proposal.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education Magazine article recognizing Professor Overton as one of 10 Emerging Scholars in America.

Voter ID Supporters Lack Hard Evidence
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 8, 2005

Campaign Reform's Next Step
The Boston Globe
December 12, 2003

Reform for the Rest of America
The Washington Post (A31)
May 10, 2001

Selected Media Appearences

NPR's Justice Talking Debate on Felon Voting
October 23, 2006

NPR's "Talk of the Nation"
September 26, 2006

NPR's "News and Notes"
Sept. 20, 2006

Tavis Smiley (PBS TV)
August 10, 2006

NPR's "On Point"
July 11, 2006

NPR's "News and Notes"
July 5, 2006

PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
June 28, 2006

Listen to Professor Overton talk about campaign finance.
NPR's "The Tavis Smiley Show"
November 13, 2003