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Monday October 17th, 2011

Saving Elections from Politics: A Doctrine of Separation of Campaign and State

Bradley A. Smith, JD, Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law at Capital University

Monday October 17, 2011, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

The Sumner Canary Lecture presented by the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Having the government pay for political campaigns remains unpopular among liberal, conservative, and independent voters. Voters have rejected or repealed government-funded campaigns in Oregon, California, Alaska, Massachusetts, and Missouri. Professor Smith argues it is dangerous to give government control over electoral speech, because the tendency to use such control for partisan purposes is a constant temptation. He recommends a doctrine of “separation of campaign and state” similar to the separation of church and state or of civilian and military authority.

Additional Information About Our Guest

Bradley A. Smith is the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law at Capital University. One of the nation’s leading authorities on campaign finance and election law, Bradley A. Smith served as Commissioner on the Federal Election Commission (2000-05) and in 2004 as its Chairman. Professor Smith authored a book, Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform (Princeton Univ. Press 2001), published numerous articles in scholarly reviews, including Yale Law Journal, Georgetown Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Legislation, and Pennsylvania Law Review, as well as in popular publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. His national media appearances include Bill Moyers, Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, Jim Lehrer Newshour, 20/20, Hardball, and most major network and cable newscasts. In 2010, the Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee awarded him its annual Bradley Prize, which recognizes “innovative thinkers who have made contributions to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles, and values that sustain and nurture it.”