News Release - Campaign Finance Reform in the Wake of the President Obama’s Election Will be Discussed at June 4 Rockefeller Institute Forum

For Immediate Release –

June 1, 2009

Media contact: Mark Marchand – (518) 443-5283 / marchanm@rockinst.org

Campaign Finance Reform in the Wake of the President Obama’s Election Will be Discussed at June 4 Rockefeller Institute Forum

Michael J. Malbin, Executive Director of the Campaign Finance Institute in Washington, D.C., and NYPIRG Leader Blair Horner Will be Primary Speakers

Albany, N.Y. — The continued evolution of the Internet as a fund-raising tool and President Obama’s decision to opt out of the public campaign finance system will be discussed at a Rockefeller Institute of Government Public Policy Forum here June 4.

The forum – “Small Donors, Large Donors and the Internet: Campaign Finance Reform After Obama” – will be held at the Institute’s facility at 411 State St. in Albany from noon until 1:30 p.m. June 4.

Michael J. Malbin, executive director of The Campaign Finance Institute in Washington, D.C., and a professor of political science at the University at Albany, will be the first speaker. Malbin also co-authored a 1998 book on campaign finance reform with Rockefeller Institute Co-Director Thomas L. Gais: “The Day After Reform – Sobering Campaign Finance Lessons from the American States.” Malbin is expected to address the national perspective on campaign finance reform.

The second speaker at the June 4 forum will be Blair Horner, the legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group. Blair is expected to speak about New York campaign finance reform issues.

To register to attend the event, contact Michele Charbonneau at the Rockefeller Institute at charbonm@rockinst.org, or call 518-443-5258.

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