Author: Douglas Farrar

Associate, Aspen Institute Congressional Program

Douglas Farrar joined the Aspen Institute Congressional Program in 2012. Prior to joining the AICP Douglas worked for many years in the U.S. House of Representatives developing an expertise in the legislative process and political communications. Most recently he was Communications Director and policy advisor to Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA) who is a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.

More Money In Politics Is a Win for the GOP, Right? Maybe Not.

by Douglas Farrar
— In presidential politics, survival is usually a factor of how broadly your ideas appeal and how that appeal translates into donors from many different sources. But when one mega-millionaire can keep a candidate in the race indefinitely, how do we pick a winner? Read more

The Do-Nothing Congress Does Nothing Again

by Douglas Farrar
— As Congress heads into a short legislative period before breaking again to campaign, there are simply no political incentives for either party to focus on taking legislative action, though much work remains to be done. Read more