2014 National Debate Series: Beyond Gridlock Campaign Finance The Debaters Moderator Transcripts PBS airtimes RESOLVED: Our Campaign Finance System is Corrupting American Democracy. Full Episode Legacy of Watergate Finding Common Ground Too much regulation? Public vs. Private Free Speech Won Host Doug Blackmon moderates a special American Forum debate on campaign finance reform. Vikram Amar, Ann Ravel, Shaun McCutcheon and Bradley Smith argue their positions and explore common ground. Ann Ravel and Bradley Smith discuss the legacy of the Watergate scandal, the abuse of campaign funds by the White House, and the implications for the present day. Ann Ravel addresses what she sees as some of the basic goals at stake in the campaign finance debate. Vik Amar and Bradley Smith agree the current situation is undesirable, but disagree on the role played by campaign finance regulation. Should political campaigns be publicly financed? Vikram Amar and Shaun McCutcheon articulate the pros and cons. Shaun McCutcheon articulates his view of the Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC Other Miller Center Items of Interest Citizens United and American Democracy - Co-Hosted by GAGE Program and the Campaign Finance Institute - (Oct 2010) “Shadow” Parties and the Origins of Super PACs, blog post from Riding the Tiger – (Mar 2012) The National Commission on Federal Election Reform Report – 2001 Related Material Read the donor access field experiment mentioned in the program. Click Here for more information on the 2014 National Debate Series.