LWV panelists to discuss election finance rules at Nov. 12 Forum

Minnesota election finance experts will discuss current campaign contribution rules and whether changes are needed at Bloomington City Hall, at 7 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 12.  An informal reception at 6:30 p.m., will precede the program.  The event is jointly sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Bloomington, Edina and Minnetonka-Eden Prairie-Hopkins.  

Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant will moderate the panel as it discusses the huge funding that influences the information that voters hear and see as they prepare to vote in Minnesota elections.  

Where does campaign money come from?  Are there limits on political donations?  Are there requirements for public disclosure of donors’ names?  Panelists will illustrate their arguments for and against current campaign funding rules with TV and print ads and mailers from recent Minnesota campaigns. Audience members will be polled before and after the presentation to define their attitudes about election funding.

Panelists are Jeremy Schroeder, Executive Director, Common Cause MN, Anthony Sanders, JD, Institute for Justice MN; Peggy Leppik, member, MN Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board (CFPD); Jeff Sigurdson, Assistant Executive Director, CFPD; and Lonni Skrentner, President, LWV Edina and member, LWVUS Study Committee on Money in Politics.

Along with the three LWVs, event co-sponsors include Common Cause, Institute for Justice, JCPP Multicultural Advisory Committee, Bloomington Sustainability Coalition and Normandale Hylands United Methodist Women.  Light refreshments will be available.  Registration is requested at http://bit.ly/1X8gBOK

For more information, contact Dorette Kerian dkerian@yahoo.com or 701-775-2304.