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What Role Does Independent Money Play in Campaign Finance?
"Money and Politics 2004: New Rules, New Practices" will begin at Noon, September 15
September 7, 2004
Who pays for the political attack ads you see on TV? The candidates say they've got nothing to do with it. Seemingly independent groups on both sides are attacking each other's candidates. Where do they get their money and what, if anything, can or should be done about it?
And, for that matter, what about Michael Moore and his movie, Fahrenheit 911? Is he subject to campaign finance law, or is he exempt as a member of the “media”? And why should the “media” have different rules than everyone else?
These questions and more are muddying the waters of this year's presidential election. The Federal Election Commission has responsibility for addressing these important issues, and the Chairman of the Commission is coming to The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law to talk about these topics.
Bradley E. Smith, Federal Election Commission Chairman, will join Professors Edward B. Foley and Donald Tobin in a discussion of “Money and Politics 2004: New Rules, New Practices,” at Noon, September 15, 2004 in the Saxbe Auditorium of Drinko Hall, 55 West 12th Avenue. The event is open to the public. There is no charge to attend. It will also be webcast via the Internet.
The panel discussion is part of Election Law @ Moritz, a groundbreaking new program devoted to in-depth, timely, and scholarly analysis of election law issues. The next public event will be the conference on “Electronic Voting: The 2004 Election and Beyond.” It will be held Thursday, September 23 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Moritz College of Law and shall feature some of the nation’s preeminent experts on the technical and legal challenges surrounding electronic balloting.
In addition to the speaker series, the project has developed The e-Book on Election Law, a searchable web-based book that explains election related laws and procedures.
Since 1891, the Moritz College of Law has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by alumni and faculty. Graduates of the school reside in all 50 states and 20 other countries and include justices of the Ohio Supreme Court, current and former U.S. Senators and Representatives, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, and attorneys with non-profit organizations and public interest law firms.