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20th Anniversary Conference

A conference jointly presented by the New York City Campaign Finance Board and
the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy at Fordham University

Thursday, February 21, 2008
8:30 am–5:00 pm
McNally Amphitheatre, Fordham University
Lincoln Center Campus
140 West 62nd Street, New York City

You are invited to help us mark the 20th anniversary of the landmark public financing program in New York City. Please join us for an exchange of ideas about the lessons learned in New York City and how they might provide a model for campaign finance programs at any level of government.


Bruce Berg – Chair, Department of Political Science, Fordham University
Kelli Conlin – President, NARAL New York
Deborah Goldberg – Program Director, Brennan Center for Justice
Nicole A. Gordon – Vice President, JEHT Foundation
Bob Kerrey – President, The New School
Edward I. Koch – Former Mayor of New York City
Robert Lenhard – Former Chairman, Federal Election Commission
Amy Loprest – Executive Director, New York City Campaign Finance Board
Michael Malbin – Executive Director, Campaign Finance Institute
Larry Noble – Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher, & Flom
Nick Nyhart – Executive Director, Public Campaign
Father Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. – Former Chairman, New York City Campaign Finance Board;                                                  President Emeritus, Fordham University
Lee Anne Pelham – Executive Director, Los Angeles City Ethics Commission
Costas Panagopoulos – Director, Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy
Christine C. Quinn – Speaker of the City Council
Gene Russianoff – Staff Attorney, New York Public Interest Research Group
Paul Ryan – FEC Program Director, Campaign Legal Center
John Samples – Director, Center for Representative Government, Cato Institute
Mark Schmitt – Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Christopher Shays – U.S. House of Representatives (R-CT)
Bob Stern – President, Center for Governmental Studies
Peter F. Vallone, Sr. – Former Speaker of the City Council

Keynote Speakers: A conversation with campaign finance reform advocate, Doris “Granny D” Haddock, activist Dennis Burke and Marlo Poras, director of “Run, Granny, Run”


Retrospective: Beginnings of the NYC Campaign Finance Program

Public leaders involved in the creation of New York City’s Campaign Finance Program will discuss its origins, the obstacles they overcame, and the Program’s practical impact on the political environment.

Bringing the Little Guy Back In: Small Donors and Democracy

How do we put the voice of the average citizen front and center in the electoral process? Can public financing help?

One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Matching Funds vs. “Clean Money”

How can these different approaches to public financing be reconciled? What are the pros and cons of each approach and what makes each effective?

Promise or Peril? Public Financing in Federal Elections

The increasing rejection of public financing at the presidential level is a clear signal of the need for reform. How can public financing at the presidential level be made relevant again?

The Invisible Hand: Independent Expenditures and Disclosure

There has been a rapid proliferation of political activity by independent organizations at every level. Should public financing programs find ways to help candidates who are targeted by independent expenditures?


Please complete one form for each attendee.

Seating is limited. Registration is free and includes a light breakfast and lunch.