Groups Demand To See Secret Presidential Debate ContractSubmitted by Knucklehead on Fri, 09/28/2012 - 06:58
Huffington Post: Eighteen good-governance and media watchdog groups demanded on Thursday to see the lengthy, and secret, contract governing the upcoming presidential debates.
Led by Open Debates, a leading critic of the process, the groups, which include Public Citizen, Common Cause and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, criticized the Commission on Presidential Debates, which hosts the forums, and called on them to release the contract.
Every four years, the two major campaigns work out an elaborate contract governing everything from whether pens and pencils can be used to what kind of questions the candidates may ask each other. So far, Open Debates has been able to get its hands on the 1998 and 2004 agreements. All the other agreements have been kept secret.
The 2004 agreement, for instance, featured the following language about the debate moderators: "If any proposed moderator fails to execute a copy of this agreement at least seven (7) days prior to the proposed date of the debate he or she is to moderate, the two campaigns will agree upon and select a different individual to moderate that