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The LBJ School’s Center for Politics and Governance (CPG) to Examine ‘Money and Politics’ at 2009 Fall Forum

CPG and Texas Politics Project to Release Results of Poll about Public Perceptions of the Influence of Money on Politics

Austin, Texas, November 11, 2009 –The Center for Politics and Governance (CPG) at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs will examine the implications of money and politics in the 2009 Fall Forum, a one-day conference to be held on Nov. 16 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, that will pull together members of the media, business and political leaders, and members of academia to explore topics surrounding the relationship between money and politics.

“The last presidential election drew renewed attention to lobbying practices and the potential of small donors at the same time that it called into question the future of public financing for campaigns,” said Veronica Vargas Stidvent, director of the Center.  “And as the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s ruling in the pivotal case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, our discussion will address campaign finance reform, public perception of corruption and its impact on political participation, and how money really affects policy.”

Matthew Peterson, vice chairman of the Federal Election Commission will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. He was nominated to the Federal Election Commission by President George W. Bush on June 12, 2008, and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on June 24, 2008.

In addition to the keynote, the conference will also feature two panel discussions, “Public Perceptions of Money, Politics and Campaigns,” and “Lobbying and Policy.”

As part of the conference, CPG along with the Texas Politics Project and faculty from the Department of Government, will be releasing the results of a comprehensive poll on public perceptions about the influence of money and politics. It is one of the most wide-reaching polls ever conducted on the topic.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, including a link to register, please visit: