2016 Press Releases

National Archives Presents Panel Discussion on The History of Finance in American Political Campaigns
Press Release · Monday, February 1, 2016

Washington, DC

On Thursday, February 11, at 7 p.m., the National Archives will host a bipartisan group of former Members of Congress and other issue experts, to discuss the evolution of campaign finance and share their personal experiences running for public office and raising money. Register for this program online.

Note: This program will be livestreamed on the National Archives YouTube Channel.

The History of Finance in American Political Campaigns
Money has been an integral part of American politics since the beginning of our nation, but today’s full-time campaign staffs and Super PACs are far from what the Founding Fathers saw in their day. Congress has attempted to reform campaign finance, yet more dollars are making their way into our political process than ever before. Moderated by author and historian Jeff Shesol, panelists include Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI-06), Senator Bennett Johnston (D-LA, 1971–97), Senator Bill Brock (R-TN, 1973–77), Ambassador Tim Roemer (D-IN, 1991–2003) and issue expert Meredith McGehee. The panel also will discuss the First Amendment Right to free speech and how, in light of these issues, it has been recently interpreted.

The program is free and open to the public and will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution at 7th Street NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program.

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