Cathy Allen is president and owner of The Connections Group, Inc., and has spent the past 20 years working to elect people other than the usual suspects: women, people of color, labor members, the gay community, environmentalists, teachers, and even Muslim women in Arab countries like Jordan and Morocco. She has worked on more than 500 successful political campaigns all over the world, including presidential and governor’s races, federal elections, legislative races, issue campaigns, parliament races, and numerous political action committees. In 2000, Allen co-founded the Center for Women and Democracy at the University of Washington. This non-profit center recruits, trains, and supports women in developing strong leadership in their careers. Allen recently returned from training Muslim women to run in Morocco where women have made history by being elected in the first Arab-speaking nation to mandate a specific number of women seats in Parliament. Allen has authored two books on campaigning and winning. She is the secretary/treasurer and board member of the American Association of Political Consultants, and the former Vice-President of the National Women’s Political Caucus. She is a frequent political commentator on national TV and radio, and appears weekly on Seattle’s KING TV “Up Front” with Robert Mak.
Edwin Bender is executive director of the Institute on Money in State Politics, a position he assumed in August 2003 after serving as the Institute's research director since its creation in 1999. In that role, he led the research functions of the Institute, directing both the development of campaign finance databases and analyses of those databases. A former journalist, Bender also worked for seven years as research director for the Money in Western Politics Project of the Western States Center. While there, he helped develop many techniques for researching state campaign-finance data.
Robert W. "Bob" Biersack is the deputy press officer at the Federal Election Commission. Previously, he worked in the Data Systems Development Division (DSDD) at the FEC specializing in analysis and Web posting of campaign finance data. Biersack has been instrumental in defining, planning, implementing and executing statistical studies related to campaign finance information filed at the FEC. He was also a key participant in the design and implementation of the FEC’s electronic filing program and Internet-accessible database.
Bruce E. Cain is the Robson Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley, and Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies. He came to UC Berkeley in 1989 from the California Institute of Technology, where he taught from 1976 to 1989. His writings include The Reapportionment Puzzle (1984), The Personal Vote (1987), written with John Forejohn and Morris Fiorina, and Congressional Redistricting (1991), with David Butler. He has also co-edited numerous books, including Developments in American Politics, Volume I - IV, with Gillian Peele, Constitutional Reform in California, with Roger Noll, Racial and Ethnic Politics in California, Vol. II, with Michael Preston and Sandra Bass, and Voting at the Political Fault Line: California's Experiment with the Blanket Primary with Elisabeth R. Gerber (2002). Cain has served as a polling consultant for state and senate races to Fairbank, Canapary and Maulin; redistricting consultant to (among others) the Justice Department, Los Angeles County; San Diego Citizens Commission on Redistricting; City and County of San Francisco; Special Master for a three judge panel, Arizona State Legislative Redistricting; consultant to the Los Angeles Times and political commentator for numerous radio and television stations in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. He received the Zale Award for Outstanding Achievement in Policy Research and Public Service in March 2000, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2000. A summa cum laude graduate of Bowdoin College, Cain studied as a Rhodes Scholar at Trinity College, Oxford. In 1976 he received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.
Paul D'Ambrosio is the investigations editor for the Asbury Park Press who led the reporting team for the "Profiting from Public Service" series. His work in the last decade has resulted in better public access laws in New Jersey and a better health care reporting system. His articles have won more than two dozen national awards and he has been twice named New Jersey's Journalist of the Year by the state's press association. He is a graduate of The George Washington University, Washington, DC. D'Ambrosio is a 2004 Seldon Ring Award winner.
Jim Drinkard is a reporter for USA Today who has covered Washington politics and policy since 1981, when he came to the capital as a Midwestern regional reporter for The Associated Press. He has covered agriculture policy, the Iran-Contra scandal, the ethics case of former House Speaker Jim Wright, foreign policy, intelligence matters and the congressional leadership. In 1993, the AP assigned him to cover a new beat focusing on lobbyists, interest groups, money and politics – coverage that twice won reporting awards. He joined USA Today in 1998 to cover similar issues. He chronicled the record-breaking fundraising of the 2000 elections, the push to revamp the campaign finance system and how it has impacted the political parties and interest groups. He teamed with a colleague to write an award-winning series on corruption in the National Guard. In 2003, fellow reporters elected him chairman of the Standing Committee of Correspondents, the board that oversees operation of the congressional daily press galleries on Capitol Hill. Drinkard is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, and earned an M.A. degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.
Elizabeth Garrett is a professor of law at the University of Southern California where she is also the director of the USC-Caltech Center for the Study of Law and Politics and is on the Board of Directors for the Initiative and Referendum Institute. Before joining USC, Garrett was a law professor and deputy dean for academic affairs at the University of Chicago and was a visiting professor of law at the University of Virginia, Central European University, Harvard University and the Interdisciplinary Center Law School in Herzlya, Israel. Garrett was the Legislative Director, Tax and Budget Counsel for U.S. Senator David L. Boren (D-Okla.) and was the legal adviser at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. After law school, Garrett clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and for Judge Stephen Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Her numerous publications include Cases and Materials on Legislation: Statutes and the Creation of Public Policy, Legislation and Statutory Interpretation, both with William Eskridge, Jr. and Philip Frickey and a forthcoming volume on Administrative Law. Garrett received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s in History from the University of Oklahoma.
Ken Goldstein is an associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and combines his academic training with an ear for real politics and an impressive set of political contacts and experience. He is the author of Interest Groups, Lobbying, and Participation in America, published by Cambridge University Press. His research on political advertising, turnout, campaign finance, survey methodology, Israeli politics, and presidential elections has also appeared in The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Science, and Political Communication as well as in a series of book chapters. He is currently at work on a book project on television advertising and campaign finance, which is also under contract with Cambridge University Press. In addition to his scholarly work, Goldstein has had extensive professional experience in conducting survey research for corporate, media, and political clients. Before attending graduate school, Goldstein worked as a researcher for the CBS News Election Unit and for the Charlie Rose show. Goldstein has worked as an election night consultant for CNN and CBS News. He is currently a consultant for the ABC News political unit. Goldstein received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Alan Guenther is the chief political and investigative reporter for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill. He has won journalism awards for articles that exposed how 24 members of the state Legislature profited from a car insurance system they refused to reform. Guenther also showed how farmland preservation money was being given to wealthy Republican politicians who did little farming. And he won other awards this year for a series that showed how a wealthy insurance executive calls many of the shots in New Jersey politics. Guenther is a 2004 Seldon Ring Award winner.
Richard L. Hasen is a professor of law and the William M. Rains Fellow at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Hasen, a nationally-recognized expert in election law and campaign finance regulation, is co-author of a leading casebook on election law and co-editor of the quarterly peer-reviewed publication, Election Law Journal. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Campaign Legal Center. In 2002, Hasen was named one of the 20 top lawyers in California under age 40 by the Los Angeles (and San Francisco) Daily Journal. Hasen also writes the widely read “Election law blog.” His most recent book, The Supreme Court and Election Law: Judging Equality from Baker v. Carr to Bush v. Gore, was published by NYU Press in 2003. Hasen clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked as a civil appellate lawyer at the Encino firm of Horvitz and Levy. He joined Loyola’s faculty in 1997 as a Visiting Professor and became a member of the full-time faculty in fall 1998. From 1994-1997, Hasen taught at the Chicago-Kent College of Law. Hasen earned his J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, and his Ph.D. from the UCLA Department of Political Science.
William "Skip" Hidlay is executive editor and vice president/news of the Asbury Park Press. A native of Bloomsburg, PA, Hidlay began his career as a reporter for his hometown newspaper, the Press-Enterprise. He also worked as a reporter for The Fayetteville (NC) Times and the Charlotte Observer. He was a reporter and editor at The Associated Press for 10 years. Hidlay joined the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill as managing editor in 1996 and was named executive editor in 1997. Hidlay was named executive editor and vice president/news of the Asbury Park Press in 2002. Hidlay is a 2004 Seldon Ring Award winner.
Sheila Krumholz is research director for the Center for Responsive Politics, where she oversees the categorization of campaign contributions, the creation of on-line contributor profiles of members of Congress and presidential candidates, and custom database research for news organizations, academics and others. She first joined the CRP staff in 1989 and was assistant editor of the first edition of Open Secrets, the Center’s flagship publication. She has a degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Minnesota.
David B. Magleby is nationally recognized for his expertise on direct democracy, voting behavior and campaign finance. Currently a Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Family Home and Social Science at Brigham Young University, Magleby has also taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the University of Virginia. From 1982 to 2000, he organized and directed the KBYU-Utah Colleges Exit Poll, a statewide poll involving the coordinated efforts of more than 600 students from eight Utah colleges and universities. Most recently, he has directed several major national studies of soft money and interest group issue advocacy in federal elections. During the 1998, 2000, and 2002 election cycles he worked with a consortium of scholars to monitor some of the most competitive U.S. House and Senate races. That research is summarized in his edited books, Outside Money: Soft Money and Issue Advocacy in the 1998 Congressional Elections (2000), The Other Campaign: Soft Money and Issue Advocacy in the 2000 Congressional Elections (2003), and The Last Hurrah?: Soft Money and Issue Advocacy in the 2002 Congressional Elections (Forthcoming). He has recently been awarded a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts to conduct similar research in 2004. Magleby’s other publications include Direct Legislation (1984), The Money Chase: Congressional Campaign Finance Reform (1990), The Myth of the Independent Voter (1992), and several editions of an American government textbook, Government by the People. A past-president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, he has also published numerous articles in political science journals. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Larry Makinson is currently a senior fellow at the Center for Public Integrity, which is based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he worked at the Center for Responsive Politics from 1988 through 2003, and served as its executive director from April 1998 through December 2000. A longtime journalist in Alaska before coming to Washington, he is one of the pioneers of computer-assisted reporting on money in politics. Since setting up his first database for the Anchorage Daily News in 1985, he’s written more than a dozen books and numerous reports on the patterns in campaign contributions at both the state and national level. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Bridgeport and a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Jason Method is an investigative reporter for the Asbury Park Press, a position he has held since 1999. His earlier project, "Childhood Lost,'' won several awards and led to the passage of two state laws aimed at improving New Jersey's foster care system. Jason was the lead writer on the Gannett newspaper's Public Access project, which won the Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award in 2000. Mathod started at the Press in 1994, and has worked as a political reporter for the Gannett New Jersey State Bureau. Method is a 2004 Seldon Ring Award winner.
Jean Mikle has been a staff writer for the Asbury Park Press for more than 16 years, covering a variety of beats. She currently covers Dover Township, a town of about 90,000 people. A graduate of Rutgers University with an M.A. degree from the University of Chicago, Mikle has participated in several award-winning Press investigations, including "House of Cards," which showed how subprime lenders exploited the poor. Mikle is a 2004 Seldon Ring Award winner.
Larry Noble joined the Center for Responsive Politics as executive director and general counsel in January 2001. Prior to that, he served as general counsel of the Federal Election Commission from October 1987 through December 2000. Nobel also served as the president of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws from 1997 to 1998 and received the 2000 COGEL Award for his “efforts to promote the highest level of ethical conduct amongst governmental officials and candidates.” He has testified before Congress on problems with the existing campaign finance laws and has served as an official observer and consultant with respect to elections held in the former Soviet Union, Benin, Senegal, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cambodia and Bangladesh. He also teaches Campaign Finance Law at George Washington University Law School.
Richard Quinn has been with the Asbury Park Press since March 2003. He previously worked for the Courier News in Bridgewater and The Daily Journal in Vineland. He won a 2001 New Jersey Press Association award for a three-day series examining the prison industry in New Jersey. Quinn is a 2004 Seldon Ring Award winner.
Jeff Rabin has covered government and politics in California for more than 25 years. He has been a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times for almost 15 years. Before joining the Times, he spent 10 years as a reporter at the Sacramento Bee where he was a senior state capitol reporter. Rabin covered money in the California governor’s race last year and in the fight over whether the San Fernando Valley would break away from the city of Los Angeles. Rabin’s reporting on money in the Los Angeles mayor’s race in 2001 included extensive analysis of campaign fundraising and spending as well as methods used by candidates and contributors to circumvent the city’s campaign finance laws. Rabin’s reporting on Los Angeles County’s fiscal crisis was nominated for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize. He also participated in the Los Angeles Times reporting on the Northridge earthquake and the 1992 riots, which won Pulitzer Prizes for the newspaper.
James W. Prado Roberts is an investigative reporter for the Asbury Park Press. He has written about drug addicted doctors, Hispanic immigrants and hedge funds. His reporting on crime in Asbury Park was part of a package that won the Pew Center for Civic Journalism's James K. Batten Award in 1998. Roberts joined the Press in 1995. He attended Rutgers and Syracuse universities. Roberts is a 2004 Seldon Ring Award winner.
Paul Sanford is director of FEC Watch, a project of the Center for Responsive Politics. He also serves as the Center’s general counsel. Sanford came to the Center in November of 2001 after 10 years as a staff attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Election Commission. During his time at the FEC, he worked on policy issues in many areas of campaign finance law, including soft money, the use of the Internet for campaign activity, personal use of campaign funds and election-related activity by nonprofit corporations. Sanford holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a law degree from the University of Toledo.
Dan Schnur is one of California’s leading Republican political and media strategists, whose record includes work on four presidential and three gubernatorial campaigns, as well as extensive experience on behalf of a variety of non-profit organizations and private sector companies. As founding principal of COMMANDFOCUS, a Sacramento-based public affairs, communications and campaign management firm, Schnur utilizes his experience to advise a variety of clients. Schnur served as the national director of communications for the 2000 presidential campaign of U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz). In addition, he has advised a variety of Republican candidates and causes throughout his career, including five years as chief media spokesman for California Governor Pete Wilson. Schnur began his political career in the press office of the Reagan-Bush ’84 presidential campaign, later serving as a spokesman for the Bush-Quayle ’88 presidential campaign, and worked in the press offices of the Republican National Committee before moving to California in 1990 to take the position of communications director of the state Republican Party. Following Wilson’s election as Governor that year, Schnur joined the administration and subsequently served Wilson as both press secretary and communications director. In 1994, he served as press secretary to Wilson’s successful gubernatorial re-election campaign. Schnur is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication, where he teaches courses in politics and communications. Schnur has held the posts of Visiting Lecturer at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, Visiting Instructor at the University of California at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, as well as a Visiting Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics at Harvard University. In addition, he also taught an advanced course in political campaign communications at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management via the Internet. Schnur is also serving as an advisor to the Center for Campaign Leadership, a non-partisan effort to equip young people with the skills essential for professional involvement in political campaigns. Schnur writes regularly for several of California newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Sacramento Bee. In addition, he acts as an analyst and political commentator for CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.
Bob Stern was named president of the Center for Governmental Studies in 2000. The Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which studies and helps implement innovative approaches to improving social problems and the processes of self-government. He has served as general counsel of the Center since its founding in 1983. Stern has co-authored a number of Center reports on campaign financing, the initiative process, and electronic filing of disclosure statements. Before joining the Center, he was General Counsel of the California Fair Political Practices Commission for nine years. He has authored a number of statewide initiatives enacted by California voters, including the Political Reform Act of 1974.
Michael Symons has worked since July 2000 for the Gannett State Bureau, where his assignments include coverage of the state budget and the Legislature. He has worked for 10 years for the newspapers that currently make up the Gannett New Jersey newspaper group, primarily for the Home News Tribune of East Brunswick, where he covered municipal and county government and education. He is a 1993 graduate of Rutgers University. Symons is a 2004 Seldon Ring Award winner.
Sean P. Treglia joined USC's Annenberg School for Communication in September, 2003 as a senior advisor for democracy initiatives. In this role he designs course agenda and convenes regional workshops to train journalists how to effectively cover campaign finance issues; has organized hearings for the Los Angeles City Council on upcoming cable franchise negotiations; managed a state appointed commission to develop and promote ideas and recommendations for extending the campaign finance laws to online political activities; and teaches a class on media and the First Amendment. Treglia also serves as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, the local campaign finance and government ethics regulatory body. Immediately preceding his position at Annenberg, Treglia was a program officer at The Pew Charitable Trusts for almost seven years focusing on improving elections, which included federal campaign finance reform, working to professionalize the political consulting profession, and working to promote journalistic best practices.
Leslie Wayne is a special projects writer for the New York Times. Leading up to the 2004 presidential election, she is covering campaign finance and the business side of political campaigns. Previously she focused on the role of money in politics and the relationship between business and Washington, particularly on efforts by leading industries, among them the pharmaceutical and airline industries, to get post-9/11 federal money. She has long specialized in stories about corporate welfare and business lobbying in Washington. She also wrote extensive post-9/11 stories and covered the Enron scandal. Most recently, she covered the military industry in a series of stories examining lobbying and politics behind a variety of multi-billion dollar weapon systems, including the ill-fated Boeing Air Force tanker deal as well as the use of private military contractors by the Pentagon in international hot spots. Over the years, she has covered banking issues, the savings and loan crisis, Wall Street and the markets. She wrote extensively about the Wall Street’s leverage buyout and financial booms of the 1980s, as well as the Orange County bankruptcy and the municipal finance crisis. She has won numerous New York Times’ Publishers’ Awards and was part of team that won the Loeb Award. She received the 1997 Knight-Bagehot “Business Reporter of the Year” award for campaign finance coverage.
Steven Weiss joined the Center for Responsive Politics as communications director in April 2000. He also serves as editor of the Center’s online money-in-politics newsletter, CapitalEye.org. Prior to coming to CRP, he worked as Online and Media Relations Director at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), an international non-profit education association based in Washington, D.C. He has served on Capitol Hill as press secretary to Congressman Bob Filner (D-Calif.) and as deputy press secretary to U.S. Senator Bob Graham (D-Fla.). He also has worked as a reporter in the Washington, D.C. bureau of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law, and earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.
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