Sunday, January 24, 2010

Inviting Politicians to Campus: More

From Daniel Suhr, a response to our post detailing how Marquette has a rather illogical and ill-thought out policy on bring politicians (including those who may be running for reelection) to campus.
Not only is your post about campaign finance right on point, let me add an additional consideration: the university bureaucrats seem to underappreciate the fact that these are incumbents still in legislative session. Sen. Sullivan just voted earlier this week on an important campaign finance law regarding disclosure of independent expenditure donors. As Mr. Heck points out, both hold leadership positions on committees of jurisdiction in their respective houses.

From the context, it is clear that these two invitations were issued to current state legislators with particular knowledge of the issues that the panel will tackle, not to two “candidates for public office.”

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