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MSU’s Wheeler Center to host conference on campaign finance

March 19, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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The Burton K. Wheeler Center at Montana State University will host a conference, “Campaign Finance in the Big Sky and Beyond,” on Friday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Great Northern - Best Western Premier Hotel in Helena.

The conference is designed to help bring participants a greater understanding of the tensions and trade-offs of campaign finance in Montana and the United States. It will include a keynote speech by Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, as well as panel discussions on money and politics, constitutional tensions, current campaign finance regulations and electioneering.

Panelists include Nicol Rae, dean of the College of Letters and Science at MSU; Bob Brown, former Montana legislator and former Montana Secretary of State; Dale Martin, associate professor of history at MSU; Anthony Johnstone, assistant professor of law at the University of Montana; James Nelson, retired Montana Supreme Court justice; Kyle Gray, attorney at Holland and Hart; Brian Miller, attorney at Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson and Deola; Jeremy Johnson, professor of political science at Carroll College; Jonathan Motl, Montana commissioner of political practice; Montana Sen. Jim Peterson; Montana Sen. Bruce Tutvedt; Lee Banville, associate professor of journalism at the University of Montana; David Parker, associate professor of political science at MSU; Montana Rep. Kim Dudik; and Chuck Johnson, journalist with Lee Newspapers.

Registration for the conference is required and includes participation in all of the day’s activities, including lunch and the keynote presentation, as well as white papers or other materials produced during or as a result of the conference. Early bird registration is available until Friday, March 28, and is $65 for the general public, $40 for legislators and legislative candidates and $20 for students. Regular registration is available after March 28 for $75 for the general public, $50 for legislators and legislative candidates and $25 for students.

Participants may register online at https://wheeler-center-campaign-finance.eventbrite.com or by sending a check to the Burton K. Wheeler Center at 1102 S. 6th St., Bozeman, MT, 59717.

In addition, a limited number of rooms are available at a conference rate. Lodging reservations may be made separately by contacting the Great Northern – Best Western Premier Hotel at (406) 457-5500 or 835 Great Northern Blvd, Helena, MT, 59601.

For nearly 40 years, the Burton K. Wheeler Center at MSU has worked to provide opportunities for Montanans to explore and engage in non-partisan discussions of important policy topics. More information on the Wheeler Center is available at http://www.wheelercenter.org/.

Contact: Burton K. Wheeler Center, (406) 994-0336 or wheelercenter@montana.edu