A User's Guide to Campaign Finance Reform

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Gerald C. Lubenow
Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Political Science - 158 pages
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Is campaign finance reform dead or alive? Can Congress really fix the problems that American voters perceive in their electoral system? This book assumes that voters are the end users of campaign finance reform, and it questions whether average citizens really know what they are asking for or what they may get when they demand change. In this book, ten prominent political scientists and commentators challenge the conventional wisdom about the role of money in campaigns and elections. They look at the level of campaign spending in recent times, the judicial perspective on spending as a First Amendment right, the current diversity of donors, the media spin on the subject, and the act of contributing as a form of political participation. The inimitable Norm Ornstein wraps it all up with a model reform proposal that is at once more moderate than McCain-Feingold and yet radical in its own way. Published under the auspices of Berkeley Public Policy Press."

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Three Centuries of Campaign Finance Law
Corruption and the Growth of Campaign Spending
Public Attitudes on Campaign Finance
Hey Wait a Minute The Assumptions Behind the Case for Campaign Finance Reform
Sources and Uses of Soft Money What Do We Know?
Contributing as Political Participation
Judges in the Political Thicket
Eight Modest Ideas for Meaningful Campaign Finance Reform
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Gerald Lubenow is director of publications and executive director of the Center on Politics, Leadership, and Public Service at the Institute of Governmental Studies at University of California, Berkeley.

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