Shining the Light on Money: Campaign Finance and the Need for More Disclosure

February 19, 2014 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
301 19th Avenue South
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Our democracy is awash in money. Minnesota has a history as a national leader in fending off big money in election campaigns but is now threatened by large infusions of cash out of the sight of voters. As the Minnesota Legislature convenes in 2014, it is time to update state law to shine the bright light of public disclosure on campaign money. An extraordinary forum will bring together Speaker of the House Paul Thissen, House Majority Leader Erin Murphy, key lawmakers from both parties, and Trevor Potter – a national expert on campaign finance, former lawyer for the John McCain and George H.W. Bush presidential campaigns, and a Colbert Report regular. Application for CLE credit will be made in Minnesota.


9:00 – 9:05am Welcome
Larry Jacobs, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
9:05 – 9:15am Introduction
Gary Goldsmith, Executive Director, Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board
9:15 – 10:00am Putting a Spotlight on Money in Politics
Speaker Paul Thissen (DFL), Minnesota House of Representatives

Moderated by Professor Larry Jacobs

10:00 – 10:45am The Debate
Minnesota Representative Tim Sanders (GOP)
Minnesota Senator Katie Sieben (DFL)
Minnesota Representative Steve Simon (DFL)

Moderated by Lori Sturdevant, Reporter, Star Tribune

10:45 – 11:00am Break

11:00 – 11:45am Elections for Sale: Where’s the Outrage?
Trevor Potter, President, Campaign Legal Center

Moderated by Rachel Stassen-Berger, Reporter, Star Tribune; and Professor Larry Jacobs

11:45am – 12:00pm Call to Action
Majority Leader Erin Murphy (DFL), Minnesota House of Representatives


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