Campaign Finance Reform National Debate Comes to UC
Date: Oct. 13, 2000
By: Carey Hoffman
Phone: (513) 556-1825
Archive: General News
Cincinnati -- Students and the Greater Cincinnati community have
an opportunity to hear in-depth discussion about one of the hot
election year topics when UC hosts a Campaign Finance Reform
Debate 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Room 402, Tangeman University
The debaters will be John Moyers and John Samples.
Moyers is publisher of TomPaine.com and executive director of the
Florence Fund. He also sits on the board of Public Campaign, a
group that devised a "clean money" campaign reform model. Samples
is the director of the Cato Institute's Center for Representative
Government. He recently wrote a column for USA Today that argued
against a ban on donations of soft money to political
The "clean money" campaign reform model advocated by
Moyers has become law in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and
Arizona. It gives candidates the option to refuse most private
money and then receive full public funding for their campaign.
They also have the right to reject public money completely and
fund their campaigns privately.
Samples argues that soft money
actually strengthens democracy by making political parties
stronger. According to Samples, that's good because parties
embrace broad agendas rather than a single special interest. He
also argues that since soft money goes to parties rather than
individual candidates, the parties become buffers against special
interest corruption. He adds that soft money can increase
competition, when money is channeled into races to increase a
challenger's chances against an incumbent.
Michael Margolis, UC
professor of political science, will moderate the debate.
Sponsors for the debate include the Taft Memorial Fund, UC's
political science department and the UC Skeptics. Attendance is
free and open to the public.
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