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Click here to listen to protest speeches and interviews with activists during the GOP Convention July 31-Aug. 3. (Audio files in MP3 and RealAudio formats.)
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The 2000 GOP convention cost more than $50 million dollars while the Democrats are expected to spend about $35 million. Federal matching funds will provide each party with $13.3 million for their respective soirees, with the rest coming from corporations hoping to influence policy decisions in future legislative sessions.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Larry Makinson, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, who analyzes what favors these corporate donors were looking for when they wrote those six figure checks.
Contact the Center by calling (202) 857-0044 or visit their Web site at www.opensecrets.org
Although the ballot measure was challenged in federal court, advocates of campaign finance reform in Maine won and moved on to initiate the Clean Money option for candidates competing in the state's 2000 elections. Since the success of Maine's ballot initiative, voters in Vermont, Massachusetts and Arizona have approved similar plans to overhaul their campaign finance systems.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Shlomit Auciello, a candidate vying for a seat in Maine's House of Representatives this year, who explains how that state's new public financing laws enabled her to run for public office for the first time.
Contact Public Campaign, a group working for campaign finance reform across the country by calling (202) 293-0222; or visit their Web site at www.publicampaign.org.
Shlomit Auciello may be contacted at (207)273-3065 or visit her Web site at www.midcoast.com/~auciello.
Before eavesdroping on a suspect's computer communication, the FBI and police agencies must first obtain a court order in a way similar to acquiring legal authorization to install telephone wiretaps. But in monitoring digital communication through a designated Internet service provider, law enforcement now has unrestricted access to every customers' e-mail, online banking and Web surfing data.
Pointing to documented abuses of the past, the American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy advocates have urged Congress to update electronic privacy laws made obsolete by the development of the Internet and other new communication technology.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Deborah Pierce, staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, who examines the civil liberties implications of the FBI's Carnivore surveillance system.
Contact the Foundation by calling (415) 436-9333 or visit their Web site at www.eff.org
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