Public Financing Of Presidential Campaigns

Thirty years ago, Watergate taught us to follow the money. One reform spawned by the scandal was the public finance of presidential election campaigns. Now candidates Bush, Dean and Kerry have all rejected public money. Join NPR's Neal Conan for a look at the future of public financing.


Tom Mann
*Senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

Former Illinois Sen. Paul Simon
*Democratic presidential candidate in 1988
*Professor at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Marty Meehan
*Democratic congressman from Massachusetts
*Drafting legislation to overhaul presidential public financing system

Sen. Mitch Mcconnell
*Republican senator from Kentucky



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