Andrew Shapiro

Andrew L. Shapiro is chairman of GreenOrder, a consulting and information services firm he founded in 2000 that helps large enterprises improve sustainability. He is was previously executive director of the Twentieth Century Fund's Working Group on Campaign Finance Litigation and a fellow at Harvard Law School's Center for Internet & Society.

Recent Articles

The Disenfranchised

Thirteen states deny the franchise to ex-felons who have already paid their debt to society. These laws are all too reminiscent of the Jim Crow South.

I n recent years the idea of voting rights has become so tied to the question of racial districting—with its complex jargon, Rorschach-like maps, and inscrutable case law—that it's easy to forget how morally compelling the struggle for universal suffrage once was. Some might say this actually isn't such a bad development, to the degree that it reflects the absence of any remaining outright barriers to voting in the United States. This is the stuff of textbook pride: Constitutional amendments secured the right to vote for blacks, women, and 18-year-olds. Supreme Court rulings and the Voting Rights Act did away with other restrictive provisions such as literacy tests and property qualifications. We've even made registering and voting easier with the federal motor-voter law. So now everyone who wants to can vote. Or can they? One group of adult citizens is still legally barred from participating in the electoral process: those four million or more people who have been...

Controversy: Should Buckley Be Overturned?

Continuing the debate from "Watch What You Wish For: The Perils of Reversing Buckley v. Valeo," by Alan B. Morrison

Continuing the debate from " Watch What You Wish For : The Perils of Reversing Buckley v. Valeo ," by Alan B. Morrison (January-February 1998) Dear Alan: The Supreme Court's decision in Buckley v. Valeo (1976) to strike campaign spending caps is one of the most bitterly criticized rulings of the century. You are right to urge Buckley 's many detractors to consider the broad implications of jettisoning it [" Watch What You Wish For ," January-February 1998]. But your fear that if the Court did so it would unwittingly commit the constitutional equivalent of a chain saw massacre is—thankfully—wide of the mark. A new Twentieth Century Fund report, " Buckley Stops Here"—which we authored and edited, respectively, in consultation with a working group of 12 leading constitutional litigators and scholars—describes in detail how Buckley can and should be overruled without disturbing other First Amendment precedents. Based upon this extensive analysis, we can confidently...