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Prof addresses history of campaign finance


Posted: October 29, 2008



WHAT/WHO: Metropolitan State College of Denver is presenting a lecture,
"Campaign Finance: Are we spending enough?" by Edward J. Lopez, an associate
professor of law and economics at San Jose State University.

"While spending on elections is up sharply in recent years, the totals are
still relatively small for how much we ask of the federal government," says
Lopez, who also serves as an academic program officer at the Institute for
Humane Studies at George Mason University. "Campaign finance laws are not
good at anticipating innovative new ways to raise and spend money legally,
and even the McCain-Feingold act passed just six years ago is becoming
obsolete. Reformers should think about options other than the traditional
limits and bans."

Lopez's talk is part of the ongoing "Exploring Economic Freedom Talk
Series," sponsored by a grant that Metro State Assistant Professor of
Economics Alexandre Padilla received from the Charles G. Koch Charitable
Foundation.

A professor of economics for more than a decade, Lopez has published more
than30 scholarly articles and book chapters on campaign finance,
entrepreneurship, congressional voting and political institutions. He has
been a visiting scholar at Liberty Fund, Inc., and a staff economist on the
Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

WHEN: 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008

WHERE: Tivoli Turnhalle, Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria Campus

For a campus map and parking please go to:

http://www.mscd.edu/newsroom/directions.shtml

To coordinate an interview with Dr. Lopez after the lecture, contact
Alexandre Padilla, (cell) 720-427-3276.

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver


With more than 24,000 students, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans. Starting in the fall of 2010, the College is offering master’s degrees in accounting and teacher education, with plans to offer a master’s in social work in fall 2011. The College enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 67,500 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.