Buying the Vote

A History of Campaign Finance Reform

Author: Robert E. Mutch

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199340005

Category: History

Page: 363

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"Campaign finance reform has always been motivated by a definition of democracy that does not count corporations as citizens and holds that self-government works best by reducing political inequality. In the early years of the twentieth century, Congress recognized the strength of these principles by prohibiting corporations from making campaign contributions, passing a disclosure law, and setting limits on campaign expenditures. These reforms were not controversial at the time, but conservative opposition to them appeared in the 1970s. That opposition was well represented in the Supreme Court, which has rolled back reform by granting First Amendment rights to corporations and declaring the goal of reducing political inequality to be unconstitutional. Buying the Vote analyzes the rise and decline of campaign finance reform by tracking changes in the way presidential campaigns have been funded since the late nineteenth century, and changes in the debate over how to reform fundraising practices. A close examination of major Supreme Court decisions shows how the Court has fashioned a new and profoundly inegalitarian redefinition of American democracy"--
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Campaign Finance

What Everyone Needs to Know®

Author: Robert E. Mutch

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190274700

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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In 2015, well over half of the money contributed to the presidential race came from roughly 350 families. The 100 biggest donors gave as much as 2 million small donors combined. Can we still say we live in a democracy if a few hundred rich families provide a disproportionate shares of campaign funds? Congress and the courts are divided on that question, with conservatives saying yes and liberals saying no. The debate is about the most fundamental of political questions: how we define democracy and how we want our democracy to work. The debate may ultimately be about political theory, but in practice it is conducted in terms of laws, regulations, and court decisions about super PACs, 527s, 501(c)(4)s, dark money, small donors, public funding, corporate contributions, the Federal Election Commission, and the IRS. Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know® explains those laws, regulations, and Supreme Court decisions, from Buckley v. Valeo to Citizens United, asking how they fit into the larger discussion about how we want our democracy to work.
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Political Advertising in the United States

Author: Erika Franklin Fowler,Michael M. Franz,Travis N. Ridout

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0813350107

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

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Political advertising is as important as ever—ad spending records are broken each election cycle, and the volume of ads aired continues to increase. Political Advertising in the United States is a comprehensive survey of the political advertising landscape today. The authors analyze the major trends in advertising in both presidential and congressional elections and the effect political ads have on voters—from the impact of today's regulatory environment on the sponsorship and content of political advertising, to how data analysis has allowed for more sophisticated targeting and how the rise of the Internet and social media has changed the distribution of ads. The authors, co-directors of the Wesleyan Media Project, draw from the most up-to-date data on political advertising to illustrate and support their arguments. Written in an accessible and easy to understand manner, this is a book that will appeal to students, scholars and political practitioners.
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Campaign Finance Reform

A Sourcebook

Author: Anthony Corrado

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 9780815715818

Category: Political Science

Page: 402

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A collection of documents and analysis focuses on the statutory, legal, and administrative dimensions of campaign financing, its regulation, and the potential for reform.
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Money Matters

Consequences of Campaign Finance Reform in U.S. House Elections

Author: Robert K. Goidel,Donald August Gross,Todd G. Shields

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780847688685

Category: Political Science

Page: 217

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Methods of campaign financing have been controversial since George Washington first ran for office, and debates over campaign finance reform have raged just as long. Contemporary critics of reform often contend that it would decrease electoral competition, voter turnout, and the amount of information voters receive about candidates. Money Matters subjects these criticisms to careful, systemic analysis_using simulations, aggregate vote analyses, and individual-level data analyses based on House elections_and concludes that reform, with modest public subsidies and spending limits, would enhance rather than diminish the U.S. system of democratic governance. This timely book helps bridge the gap between quantitative academic research and applied progressive reform efforts. It will be of interest to scholars and students of political parties, the legislative process, campaigns and elections, political institutions, public policy, and political behavior and methodology.
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Money, Power & Elections

How Campaign Finance Reform Subverts American Democracy

Author: Rodney A. Smith

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 0807131288

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

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Have campaign finance reform laws actually worked? Is money less influential in electing candidates today than it was thirty years ago when legislation was first enacted? Absolutely not, argues Rodney A. Smith in this passionately written, fact-filled, and provocative book. According to Smith, the laws have had exactly the opposite of their intended effect. They have increased the likelihood that incumbents in the House and Senate will be reelected, and they have greatly diminished the chances that candidates who are not wealthy will be elected. Smith's claims are supported by convincing data; he collected and analyzed information about all federal elections since 1920. These data show clearly that money matters now more than ever. Smith thinks that reform legislation has created a new inequality for candidates that, if left unchecked, threatens to destroy the American electoral process by obliterating the foundational principle of free speech. He argues that "money buys speech" and when candidates lack money to buy media time and space they are effectively silenced. Their inability to "speak freely" violates the most significant intentions of our nation's founders: that a sovereign citizenry elect its own leaders based on a free exchange of ideas. For Smith, campaign finance reform has unwittingly unbalanced the checks and balances created by the Framers of the Constitution. After presenting a detailed historical overview of how we have reached the present crisis, Smith proposes a simple solution: institute a process that completely discloses relevant information about campaign donors and recipients of donations. All disclosures would be available to the media, which would be able to investigate and report them fully. Only then, Smith believes, will the United States have the opportunity to be the democratic republic that its founders intended.
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Deliver the Vote

A History of Election Fraud, an American Political Tradition, 1742-2004

Author: Tracy Campbell

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 9780786715916

Category: History

Page: 452

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A history of election fraud in the United States exposes the ways in which political culture is diminished by election corruption, citing such practices of ballot stuffing, voter intimidation, and returns manipulation while explaining how election reform practices have only changed the methods through which corruption occurs.
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Letters to President Obama

Americans Share Their Hopes and Dreams with the First African-American President

Author: Josephine A.V. Allen,Hanes Walton,Donald R. Deskins,Sherman Puckett

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1602397147

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 378

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Collects letters written to President Barack Obama during his presidential campaign and subsequent election and inauguration, covering a wide range of topics including foreign policy, the Bush administration, and religion.
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