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Welcoming Remarks


In this transcript, first, Mr. Michael Cooper, President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York offers welcoming remarks to the conference, describing briefly the work of the Association’s and its Special Commission on Campaign Finance Reform and the focus of the conference, specifically what can be done in the field of federal campaign finance reform based on what has been done at the state and local levels. Second, chair of the Campaign Finance Board, Father O’Hare, addressed the conference focusing on the non-partisan Board of the Campaign Finance Program in New York City as a model for overcoming the impediment to federal reform, that lawmakers view the problem in partisan terms. Father O’Hare elaborated on the purpose of the conference, briefly described new amendments to the New York City Program, an overview of the conference’s programs and speakers, and finally, a brief introduction for the first speaker, Mr. Fritz Schwarz. This transcript was taken at From the Ground Up: Local Lessons for National Reform, a national conference on campaign finance reform held on November 9, 1998, sponsored by the New York City Campaign Finance Board and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

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