Story posted June 03, 2008
A handful of Bowdoin government professors have been taking turns appearing on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network program, Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks.
Rooks taped an interview with Assistant Professor of Government Mike Franz regarding political advertising that aired Friday, June 6, 2008.
Franz wrote Choices and Changes (Temple University Press, 2008), a book that tracks in detail the evolution of campaign finance laws since the 1970s, examines soft money contributions and analyzes political action committee contributions to candidates.
Franz also co-authored Campaign Advertising and American Democracy (Temple University Press, 2007), an extensively researched book that suggests that political ads may actually educate, engage and mobilize American voters-contrary to prevailing opinion.
Examining the races for the U.S. House and Senate seats, Maine Watch has also invited DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Chris Potholm and Visiting Assistant Professor of Government Jeff Selinger to share their insights.
Potholm discussed the Maine Democrats running for U.S. Senate, First District Congressman Tom Allen '67 and educator Tom Ledue. Watch the segment here.
Selinger was on hand to discuss the Democrats running for Maine's First Congressional District seat. Watch the segment here.
Maine Watch with Jennifer Rooks airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Saturdays at 6:30 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m, on the stations of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (locally on WCBB/Channel 10).
An audio version of the program airs Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m., on MPBN's radio stations (locally on WMEA/90.1 FM).