Money matters: consequences of campaign finance reform in U.S. House elections
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1999 - Law - 217 pages
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. Visit our website for sample chapters!
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A Brief History of Campaign Finance and Finance Reform
Excessive Spending Candidate Viability and Free Speech
Electoral Competition and Campaign Finance Reform
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1996 elections Aggregate Voter Turnout analysis argue average Bill Clinton campaign finance reform campaign finance system campaign spending candidate contact candidate spending challenger spending Congress congressional campaigns Congressional District congressional elections contributors corruption Demo Democratic incumbent Democratic spending district-level effects of campaign effects of spending elec electoral competition electoral process Emily's List estimate example Federal Election Commission Figure full public financing fund-raising Goidel House elections ideological impact increase voter incumbent spending independent expenditures independent spending individual legislation less matching funds minority party mobilization efforts Newt Gingrich nonvoters outspent Overall PACs paign finance partisan Party contact percent political action committees political parties presidential election public funding public subsidies r-square reelection reform efforts Regression Analysis Republican challengers Republican incumbent Republican spending result seats Senate race simulations soft money Sorauf Spending and Respondent spending limits spending with voter spending without voter spent tions variables voter contact voter participation