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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 Voters have rejected or repealed government-funded campaigns in Oregon, California, Alaska, Massachusetts, and Missouri.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.

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