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The Best Government Money Can Buy:
Is There a Future for Campaign Finance Reform?

Thursday, Oct. 8
2 - 3:30 p.m.
Alger Hall 110

Colby College Professor of Government and National Expert on Political Finance Reform

Estimates suggest that the typical member of Congress spends between 25 and 50 percent of the day fundraising for his or her campaign war chest. As costs increase, the growing dependence on SuperPACs and corporate sources is also increasing. While officeholders insist that their votes are independent of their funding sources, the issue remains: Is this the best government that our nation can have or merely the best government that money can buy?

Panel Discussion: Moderated by Rhode Island Public Radio Political Commentator, Scott Mackay

  • Anthony Corrado, Colby College Professor
  • Josh Israel, Senior Investigative Reporter for Think Progress
  • John Marion, Executive Director of Common Cause Rhode Island
  • Mike Stenhouse, Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity
  • John Walsh, Principal of Walsh Strategies, former Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and 2006 Campaign Manager for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick

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The event is made possible by the support of the Rhode Island College Committee on College Lectures.

This event is free and open to the public.

The American Democracy Project (ADP) began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times. Its goal is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. The over 220 participating colleges and universities. RIC is the only college in the state to participate in the ADP and is considered one of the leading programs in the country for political and civic engagement, often used as the model for initiatives by other colleges.

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