Dr. William Cunion Presents “Election 2008: At What Cost?”
April 17, 2008
“It is hard to tell if money is the factor that drives a candidate to victory, however, it is safe to assume that it plays a very important role,” said Dr. William E Cunion, assistant professor of political science and chair of the Department of Political Science at Mount Union College.
Cunion was the speaker for the final session for the academic year of LINC, the college-community luncheon series featuring Mount Union College professors and community members discussing current topics.
“Does money buy influence?” asked Cunion. “It stretches credibility to presume that campaigns would be the same without money.”
Cunion discussed the history of elections and the importance of campaign finance laws. He explored the amounts of money spent on elections each year and discussed how the presidential election for 2008 has reached an all-time high of $691 million through the end of February.
Cunion earned a bachelor of arts degree from Xavier University, a master’s degree from Ohio University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was named as the College’s Great Teacher in 2006. Cunion, a member of the Mount Union faculty since 2003, has been instrumental in the growth of the political science major at the College.