As a number of students have latched on to presidential campaigns, a notable Bowdoin alumnus has leaped into the fray as well.

Larry Lindsey '76, an economist who has served as an advisor to Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, has signed on to former Sen. Fred Thompson's campaign as a senior economic advisor. In a campaign press release, Thompson praised Lindsey for playing "a critical role in cutting taxes for hard-working Americans."

Lindsey graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin before earning a master's degree and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Elsewhere on the campaign trail, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, will give a town hall-style rally and fundraiser at the Portland Exposition Building on Tuesday. The Bowdoin College Democrats have reserved two vans to ferry students down to the event, according to Clark Gascoigne, co-president of the organization.

Tickets for the rally cost $23, with the proceeds going to the Obama campaign. Tickets are available in Smith Union, and will be sold until the day of the event. According to Nate Tavel '08, head of Bowdoin Students for Barack Obama, so far more tickets for the event have been sold at Bowdoin than at Bates or Colby.

Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will also be visiting Portland this week, though he will not be giving a rally. Giuliani's campaign plans to hold a fundraising reception at the Sheraton Hotel on Maine Mall Road. The admission fee is a $250 donation, or $1,000 for admission and a photo opportunity with the Republican frontrunner.