Upcoming Debate: Is Free Speech a Victim of Campaign Finance Reform?

 The Donald & Paula Smith Family Foundation

Presents a debate:
Is Free Speech a Victim of Campaign Finance Reform?
Featuring
Burt Neuborne
Professor, NYU Law & Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice
VS.
Bradley Smith
Professor, Capital University Law
 Former Chairman Federal Election Commission
Moderator
Jerry H. Goldfeder
Election Lawyer & Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law
Co-Sponsors: Fordham Law Federalist Society & American Constitution Society
With one of the most competitive Congressional elections in recent history upon us, many questions are being asked about the constitutionality and efficacy of campaign finance restrictions. The Supreme Court’s recent constitutional message has been mixed: it upheld McCain-Feingold but ruled Vermont’s state election restrictions unconstitutional. On the efficacy side, critics see the rise of 527 groups as well as Presidential candidates abandoning public financing as signs of reform’s failure. Supporters point to examples of transparency and increasing competitive elections as evidence of success. Are restrictions working? What are the constitutional limits that restrict future reforms? Do the American people want more or less restrictions on their election contributions?

Monday, October 30th, 2006 (Please note this is not at CUNY)
6:30 P.M. Prompt
(Free and open to the public – Reception to follow)

Fordham Law School
140 W 62nd Street, McNally Hall
(Corner of 62th Street and Columbus Avenue)

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The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.