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Federal Election Commissioner to Speak at UNM Anderson this Friday

September 17, 2015

The UNM Department of Political Science and the Student Center for the Public Trust, in cooperation with the Thornburg Foundation, presents a conversation with Ann Ravel, Chair of the Federal Elections Commission. Ravel will discuss the impact of money in politics this Friday, September 18, at 11:00 a.m. in the Jackson Student Center at the UNM Anderson School of Management.
Ravel will talk about what is happening at the federal level, how the lack of transparency in donations can lead to corruption, the cost to the public, and what needs to be done to address this problem.  It’s a problem that is also felt here in our state. The Washington Post reported that a 2012 report from the Center for Public Integrity gave New Mexico a grade of D-. This lack of integrity has a lasting impact on every New Mexican.

The Federal Election Commission is an independent regulatory agency created to administer and enforce campaign finance laws in the U.S.  Ravel was appointed in 2013 to the commission by President Obama.   She served as the head of the California Fair Political Practices Commission where she conducted a year-long investigation into ethics and conflicts of interest related to the methods used by political campaigns, office holders and political officials to extort money and contributions from local businesses.

The public is invited to join in the discussion with Ann Ravel and moderators Lonna Atkeson and Gabe Sanchez from the UNM Department of Political Science this Friday at 11:00 a.m. in the Anderson School’s Jackson Student Center on the UNM campus.  There is no cost to attend the event, however, RSVPs are requested by emailing a confirmation to Lunch will be provided.


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The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.