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How much campaign money is too much?

It takes money to run a political campaign. But how much is too much? At what point does the money donated to political campaigns become a hindrance to democratic elections?

In this political season, experts and elected officials will examine these questions at a public forum sponsored by several leading organizations Sunday on the campus of Northwestern University. 

Grappling with the issue will be State Sen. Daniel Biss, Former State Rep. Beth Coulson, and David Melton of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. Cynthia Canary of the Campaign for Economic Development will serve as moderator.

Speakers will look at the history of attempts at campaign finance reform in Illinois, the current state of campaign fundraising in Illinois and the problems that come with it, and the current proposals for campaign fundraising reform. There will be time for audience participation.

The event is cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Illinois along with the League’s Evanston and Wilmette chapters, as well as the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform,  Democratic Party of Evanston, the Northwestern University College Democrats, the Campaign for Economic
Development.

The Sunday afternoon forum, entitled “Campaign Finance Reform: Citizens Uniting to Resuscitate Democracy,” is free of charge and open to the public.

The program will be held at Parkes Hall (inside Alice Millar Chapel at 1870 Sheridan Road in Evanston, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Parking is free on the Northwestern campus all weekend.  For further information, contact: Joanna Klonsky at 312-307-0840.

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