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Speaker, panel discuss political campaign ads, financing
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012
|Panelists Baird, left, DeWolf, Franz and Sloan|
PULLMAN, Wash. - Two presentations about political campaign ads and financing will be held at Washington State University on Thursday, Feb. 2, co-sponsored by the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy & Public Service and the College of Business.
"Why negative ads are good for you!” will be considered by Michael M. Franz, associate professor of government and legal studies at Bowdoin College, at noon in the Bundy Reading Room in Avery Hall. It is part of the Foley Institute’s Coffee & Politics Series.
Franz’s research interests include political advertising and campaigns, interest groups politics, and media and politics. He is a recipient of the American Political Science Association's E.E. Schattschneider Award for research on American government.
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"When Money Talk$: Political campaigns after the Citizen’s United decision,” a public symposium featuring a panel of specialists, will be 6-7:30 p.m. in the CUB auditorium.
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FCC that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts is protected by the First Amendment. Recently, so-called super PACs (political action committees) have spent millions of dollars supporting various candidates.
From the Occupy Wall Street Movement to the Republican primary contests to the potential for mischief in nonpartisan judicial elections, Citizens United has stirred controversy and shaken presumptions about campaign finance and corporate spending in a democracy.
Panelists will include: Brian Baird, former U.S. congressman, Washington state’s third district; David DeWolf, professor, Gonzaga Law School; Michael Franz, associate professor, Bowdoin College; and Melanie Sloan, executive directo¬r, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.