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Campaign Coverage: From the Checkbook to the Ballot Box

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    •  Cathy Allen
Lunch discussion What You Are Up Against: Political Consultants Take Aim at the ’04 Elections. A session with two political consultants on the techniques they will be using this year to sway voters and neutralize the news media.
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    •  Edwin Bender
Regional Influence: The Biggest Sources of Money in Areas Around the Country. A rundown of the biggest campaign contributors in areas represented by the Fellows.
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    •  Robert W. "Bob" Biersack
Understanding the New Federal Campaign Finance Laws. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) and its impact on the 2004 elections and beyond.
Basics of the Law
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    •  Bruce E. Cain
Opening reception and dinner Welcome and introductions by Vikki Porter and Larry Noble.
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    •  Paul D'Ambrosio
Seldon Ring Award Luncheon
The Story behind the Story: A Presentation by the Award Winning Reporters.
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    •  David Donald
Taking it back to the newsroom – Part I What do you do with the data once you’ve got it? CAR Primer for Campaign Finance reporters and editors.
The campaign finance story: Putting it all together
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    •  Jim Drinkard
Tricks of the Trade: Loopholes Old and New. 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.
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    •  Elizabeth Garrett
The Big Picture: What to Watch for in the 2004 Elections. What is at stake this November; key contests and ballot measures; the battle for Congress and governorships and the money race between the parties.
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    •  Ken Goldstein
Ad Watching. Resources and techniques for any reporter keeping an eye on campaign advertising.
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    •  Alan Guenther
Seldon Ring Award Luncheon
The Story behind the Story: A Presentation by the Award Winning Reporters.
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    •  Richard L. Hasen
The Idiot’s Guide to Money in Politics: Why it Matters and Who Should Care. The history and context of campaign finance law and regulation.
Campaign Finance 101
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    •  William "Skip" Hidlay
Seldon Ring Award Luncheon
The Story behind the Story: A Presentation by the Award Winning Reporters.
Profiting from Public Service
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    •  Sheila Krumholz
Regional Influence: The Biggest Sources of Money in Areas Around the Country. A rundown of the biggest campaign contributors in areas represented by the Fellows.
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    •  David B. Magleby
The Big Picture: What to Watch for in the 2004 Elections. What is at stake this November; key contests and ballot measures; the battle for Congress and governorships and the money race between the parties.
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    •  Larry Makinson
The Investment: Why and How Donors Give. The patterns of campaign giving, the motivation and expectations of campaign contributors and the impact of fundraising on elected officials.
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    •  Jason Method
Seldon Ring Award Luncheon
The Story behind the Story: A Presentation by the Award Winning Reporters.
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    •  Larry Noble
Understanding the New Federal Campaign Finance Laws. The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) and its impact on the 2004 elections and beyond.
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    •  Jeff Rabin
Money, Lobbying and Legislation. 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.
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    •  James W. Prado Roberts
Seldon Ring Award Luncheon
The Story behind the Story: A Presentation by the Award Winning Reporters.
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    •  Paul Sanford
Getting the Goods from the FEC, the IRS and State Election Agencies. How and where to get the campaign finance figures and information you need.
Getting the Goods from the Federal Election Commission
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    •  Dan Schnur
Lunch discussion What You Are Up Against: Political Consultants Take Aim at the ’04 Elections. A session with two political consultants on the techniques they will be using this year to sway voters and neutralize the news media.
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    •  Bob Stern
Understanding State and Local Campaign Finance Laws. An explanation of some of the campaign finance laws in the states represented by the Fellows.
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    •  Sean P. Treglia
Reception and Dinner
On the Horizon: The Future of Reform. A look at reform proposals being considered at the federal and state levels and the climate for reform.
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    •  Leslie Wayne
Money, Lobbying and Legislation. 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.
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    •  Steven Weiss
The Investment: Why and How Donors Give. The patterns of campaign giving, the motivation and expectations of campaign contributors and the impact of fundraising on elected officials.
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