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Cleaning Up State Elections — September 17

Does campaign finance reform ever really work? Is it possible to reduce the influence of large campaign donors, get a more diverse pool of candidates to run and take office, and get ordinary citizens more involved?

For a look at one successful model, join us Monday morning, September 17 as we hear from Dennis Burke, an activist who helped lead the successful 1998 ballot initiative that established clean elections in Arizona. Arizona’s system is credited with increasing the number of women and people of color for running for state office, boosting voter turnout in communities of color, and reducing the influence of special interest campaign money. Burke is also known for his work with Doris "Granny D" Haddock, the octogenarian great-grandmother who walked across the country speaking about the need for campaign finance reform.

As always, this latest edition of DMI's Marketplace of Ideas series will feature a formidable panel including:

* Charlie King, Executive Director of the National Action Network and former candidate for Lt. Governor and Attorney General of New York State

* New York State Senator Liz Krueger

* Jessica Wisneski, Clean Money, Clean Elections Coordinator for Citizen Action of New York.

The event will be held at the Harvard Club at 27 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues) from 8:00 to 10:00 AM, and is absolutely free! A light breakfast will be served. Space is limited, so please RSVP by email to

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Posted at 7:56 AM, Aug 28, 2007 in Democracy | Governmental Reform | New York | Politics
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