Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and associate professor of polotics, was quoted in a Catholic News Service story which covered a conference cosponsored by IPR and the Franciscan Action Network on the influece of corporate money on public policy. See below.

Faith community tackles influence of corporate money on public policy

From: Catholic News Service (via the Boston Pilot) Date: Oct. 4, 2014 Author: Dennis Sadowski

... Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, told CNS the common good is threatened when political debates and policymaking is dominated by a few voices who are able to shape outcomes to their liking and to the detriment of society.

"For us Catholics, politics is supposed to be about promotion of the common good, so we engage the citizens in political life for the common good of the whole community. There's no way to think about money but to recognize that money is directly counter to that. It's about the representation of special interest in politics. It's about private interest, not the common good," Schneck said during a conference break. ...

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