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Monday: Election reform event in NYC

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Greetings from Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia where we’re shooting the first episode of our new documentary series, set to debut with our new website in the weeks ahead!

Monday I’ll be in New York attending an event put on by friend of Why Tuesday? the Drum Major Institute. It’s a symposium about clean elections — getting big money out of politics to give voters a bigger say — featuring Dennis Burke, the former head of Arizona’s Common Cause, and others. For the info from the DMI, click below.

Getting Special Interest Money Out of State Elections with Activist Dennis Burke

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2007 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

As an activist and former director of Arizona Common Cause, Dennis Burke helped lead the1998 effort to pass the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act by ballot proposition. The Act provides voluntary public financing to candidates for state-level elected office who agree to run without private campaign contributions. The system is funded by surcharges on civil and criminal fines and a voluntary tax check-off. Arizona’s Clean Elections system is credited with increasing the number of women and people of color running for state office, boosting voter turnout in communities of color, and reducing the influence of special interest campaign money.

DENNIS BURKE
Former Director, Arizona Common Cause
A panel discussion on clean elections will feature:

HON. LIZ KRUEGER
New York State Senate

CHARLIE KING
National Director, National Action Network

JESSICA WISNESKI
Clean Money, Clean Elections
Coordinator, Citizen Action of New York

Moderated by
ANDREA BATISTA SCHLESINGER
Executive Director, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2007 8:00 a.m. – 10:00a.m.

The Harvard Club
27 West 44th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10036

Space is limited. RSVP and registration are required. Admission is free.

Please RSVP by e-mail to dmi@drummajorinstitute.org or by phone to 646.274.5700

Hope to see you there!

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