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UIS faculty member joins Campaign Finance Institute Board of Trustees

September 28, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Ronald Michaelson, visiting assistant professor of Political Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is one of three experts on state campaign finance recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Campaign Finance Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit institute affiliated with The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

CFI conducts objective research and education, empanels task forces, and makes recommendations for policy change in the field of campaign finance. The Board of Trustees provides policy guidance and financial oversight for the organization.

The Institute recently embarked on a major initiative focused on the role of small donors in state as well as national elections. "These distinguished additions to the board will substantially strengthen CFI's capacity in this arena," noted Board Chairman Anthony J. Corrado.

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Center for State Policy & Leadership
Campaign Finance Institute

Michaelson, who also has a joint appointment with the Center for State Policy and Leadership at UIS, was the executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections for 27 years until his retirement from that position in 2003.

He previously held an appointment to the Advisory Committee of the Federal Election Commission, is past national chairman of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences on election administration and campaign finance. He is the author of numerous articles published in leading state and national journals, including an annual review of campaign finance laws in the 50 states, and has been a political consultant. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Also joining the CFI board of trustees with Michaelson are Betsey Bayless, who served as Arizona secretary of state from 1997 to 2002, and Jeanne Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board.

For more information, go to the CFI website at www.cfinst.org/about/index.html, or contact Michaelson at 206-7220.

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