Campaign finance reform topic of program

Janice ThompsonJanice Thompson of Common Cause Oregon will speak on “Options for Campaign Finance Reform in the Wake of Citizens United,” Monday, Nov. 14, at 12:30 p.m. in the Pioneer Reading Room at Linfield College.

Johnson, the executive director of Common Cause Oregon, will discuss the state of campaign finance issues and possibilities for reform. Her work in Oregon ranges from building coalitions and lobbying for democracy reforms in Salem, to “following the money” in Oregon politics, and answering the phones and talking with members from all across the 10th largest state in the country. She joined Common Cause in August 2009 after having led the Money in Politics Research Action Project and Democracy Reform Oregon since 1998. She has bachelor degrees in biology from Carleton College and in education from the University of Minnesota.

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.

Pizza and soft drinks will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Edith Green Endowed Lecture Fund. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, 503-883-2246,