Date: March 24, 2006
BLOOMSBURG— Members of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Democracy Matters chapter will travel to Harrisburg Wednesday, April 5, for Lobby Day.
Lobby Day was started by BU’s Democracy Matters chapter as an offshoot of the national conference held earlier this year. Representatives of several Pennsylvania chapters will meet with state senators and representatives to discuss possible legislation to change the way election campaigns are financed.
The system, known as “clean elections,” is based on public, rather than private, funding of campaigns. Supporters of clean elections believe the system gives equal weight to everyone’s views, not just those of large financial contributors.
According to John Latini, president of BU’s Democracy Matters chapter, this spring’s event is the first time lobbying for clean elections has happened at this magnitude in Pennsylvania.
Seven students from the BU chapter will attend Lobby Day. In addition to Latini, a junior political science major from Yardley, they are: Emily Kinkead of Williamsport, a sophomore with a dual major in biology and political science; Nicholas Miller of Emmaus, a junior majoring in Spanish; Michael Thompson of Muncy, a senior communication studies major; Ashley Garza of Oreland, a sophomore majoring in theatre arts; Jessica Steward of Bloomsburg, a senior majoring in political science; and Jacqueline Flynn of Roslyn, a sophomore communications studies major.
Democracy Matters is a student-based, non-partisan organization that aims to increase awareness of the political process, while leveling the playing field so that that United States.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.