Money and Politics: Are Elections for Sale?

The spring 2005 symposium explores in-depth the relationship between money and elections in the constitutional republic of the United States. Speakers included then-Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, U.S. Senators Mel Martinez and Bill Nelson; and U.S. Reps. F. Allen Boyd Jr., Jim Davis, and Tom Feeney. Davis and Crist later faced each other in the 2006 gubernatorial race. The symposium explored the role of money in congressional races, how the Internet has influenced fund-raising and other topics related to campaign finance. Other speakers included political activists, candidates for state and federal races as well as David Mason of the Federal Elections Commission and Barry Turner, a former member of the Canadian Parliament.