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March 31, 2004

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
McCain-Feingold Hasn't Changed a Thing
(Story, video and more)

Welcome and introductions by Vikki Porter and Larry Noble.

    •  Bruce E. Cain, professor, U.C. Berkeley
April 01, 2004

8:30 am - 9:30 am
The Idiot’s Guide to Money in Politics: Why it Matters and Who Should Care.
(Story, video and more)

The history and context of campaign finance law and regulation.

    •  Richard L. Hasen, professor, William M. Rains Fellow, Loyola Law School

9:45 am - 11:00 am
Understanding the New Federal Campaign Finance Laws.
(Story, video and more)

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) and its impact on the 2004 elections and beyond.

    •  Robert W. "Bob" Biersack, deputy press officer, Federal Election Commission
    •  Larry Noble, executive director, general counsel, Center for Responsive Politics

11:15 am - 12:30 pm
The Big Picture: What to Watch for in the 2004 Elections.
(Story, video and more)

What is at stake this November; key contests and ballot measures; the battle for Congress and governorships and the money race between the parties.

    •  Elizabeth Garrett, professor, University of Southern California
    •  David B. Magleby, dean, College of Family Home and Social Science, distinguished professor, Brigham Young University

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch discussion
What You Are Up Against: Political Consultants Take Aim at the ’04 Elections.
(Story, video and more)

A session with two political consultants on the techniques they will be using this year to sway voters and neutralize the news media.

    •  Cathy Allen, president, owner, The Connections Group, Inc.
    •  Dan Schnur, political and media strategist, adjunct professor, University of Southern California

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Understanding State and Local Campaign Finance Laws.
(Story, video and more)

An explanation of some of the campaign finance laws in the states represented by the Fellows.

    •  Bob Stern, president, Center for Governmental Studies

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tricks of the Trade: Loopholes Old and New.
(Story, video and more)

Soft money, bundling, issue ads, independent groups, 527 groups, 501c organizations. A rundown of time-tested and emerging campaign tactics designed to push the envelope of the new campaign finance law and a look at the effects of these loopholes at the federal and state level.

    •  Jim Drinkard, reporter, USA Today
    •  Larry Noble, executive director, general counsel, Center for Responsive Politics

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Reception and Dinner
On the Horizon: The Future of Reform.
(Story, video and more)

A look at reform proposals being considered at the federal and state levels and the climate for reform.

    •  Sean P. Treglia, senior advisor, democracy initiatives, University of Southern California
April 02, 2004

8:30 am - 10:00 am
The Investment: Why and How Donors Give.
(Story, video and more)

The patterns of campaign giving, the motivation and expectations of campaign contributors and the impact of fundraising on elected officials.

    •  Larry Makinson, senior fellow, Center for Public Integrity
    •  Steven Weiss, communications director, Center for Responsive Politics

10:15 am - 11:45 am
Regional Influence: The Biggest Sources of Money in Areas Around the Country.
(Story, video and more)

A rundown of the biggest campaign contributors in areas represented by the Fellows.

    •  Edwin Bender, executive director, Institute on Money in State Politics
    •  Sheila Krumholz, research director, Center for Responsive Politics

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Seldon Ring Award Luncheon
(Story, video and more)

The Story behind the Story: A Presentation by the Award Winning Reporters.

    •  Paul D'Ambrosio, investigations editor, The Asbury Park Press
    •  Alan Guenther, chief political and investigative reporter, The Courier Post
    •  William "Skip" Hidlay, executive editor, vice president/news, The Asbury Park Press
    •  Jason Method, investigative reporter, The Asbury Park Press
    •  James W. Prado Roberts, investigative reporter, The Asbury Park Press

2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Money, Lobbying and Legislation.
(Story, video and more)

Perhaps the most important elements but least understood component of money in politics is lobbying. This session will describe how campaign contributions are just a warm-up for the main event and show to connect the dots between campaign contributors and the success or failure of legislation.

    •  Jeff Rabin, government reporter, The Los Angeles Times
    •  Leslie Wayne, special projects writer, The New York Times

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Ad Watching.
(Story, video and more)

Resources and techniques for any reporter keeping an eye on campaign advertising.

    •  Ken Goldstein, associate professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
April 03, 2004

9:00 am - 10:30 am
Getting the Goods from the FEC, the IRS and State Election Agencies.
(Story, video and more)

How and where to get the campaign finance figures and information you need.

    •  Edwin Bender, executive director, Institute on Money in State Politics
    •  Sheila Krumholz, research director, Center for Responsive Politics
    •  Paul Sanford, director, FEC Watch, Center for Responsive Politics

10:45 am - 12:45 pm
Just a Click Away: An Online Tour of OpenSecrets.org, FollowThe Money.org, FEC.gov, IRS.gov and More.
(Story, video and more)
These web sites contain a treasure trove of information on money and politics. This session will show you where to find it.

    •  Sheila Krumholz, research director, Center for Responsive Politics
    •  Steven Weiss, communications director, Center for Responsive Politics

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Lunch

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Taking it back to the newsroom – Part I
(Story, video and more)
What do you do with the data once you’ve got it? CAR Primer for Campaign Finance reporters and editors.

    •  David Donald, training director, Investigative Reporters and Editors

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Taking it back to the newsroom – Part II
(Story, video and more)
Getting Down to Business: A Roundtable Exchange of Story Ideas, Research Tips and Other Valuable Information for Reporters.

    •  David Donald, training director, Investigative Reporters and Editors

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Graduation Reception

 
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