Scholars to debate campaign finance in live webcast Friday

Three leading constitutional scholars will debate campaign finance reform in a live webcast Friday, April 11, 7 p.m. Scheduled to participate are Bruce Ackerman, Sterling professor of law and political science at Yale University Law School, and Kenneth Starr, former independent counsel and now adjunct professor at the NYU School of Law and partner at Kirkland & Ellis, Washington D.C. Douglas Kmiec, dean and St.Thomas More professor of law at the Catholic University School of Law, will moderate the event. Sponsored by the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, the event is the inaugural John M. Templeton Jr. Lecture on Economic Liberties and the Constitution.

Ackerman is expected to put forth his proposal for making anonymous campaign contributions, which he calls “patriot dollars.” Starr, who represents the plaintiffs in McConnell v. FEC, the case challenging the Campaign Reform Act of 2002, will respond. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The Web audience will be able to view the proceedings through a Windows Media webstream and will be able to submit questions to the panelists via e-mail.