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By David Donnelly, Janice Fine, Ellen S. Miller

ISBN-10: 0807043230

ISBN-13: 9780807043233

Joshua Cohen, Joel Rogers (eds.); Gore Vidal (foreword)

Now allow us to use our heads and deal effectively, as they are saying in Washington, with a company ruling category that has hijacked the state, and in so doing put off at the very least one obvious contradiction: that ours is a central authority of, by means of, and for the various whilst it's so notoriously the specific protect of the few. --Gore Vidal, from the Foreword

In contemporary years, many citizens have questioned whose voices are literally heard by means of our elected representatives. because the expense of working aggressive political campaigns escalates and politicians charm more and more to filthy rich pursuits to finance election bids, electorate in lots of states have handed, or are primed to vote on, crusade finance initiatives.

In Are Elections for Sale?, David Donnelly, Janice nice, and Ellen S. Miller argue that in simple terms complete public investment of campaigns can determine democratic elections, they usually evaluate the successes a few states have had with the fresh Elections Act.

The New Democracy discussion board is a chain of brief paperback originals exploring inventive suggestions to our such a lot pressing nationwide concerns.


American politics has turn into an palms race, with funds doing the paintings of missiles. One aspect escalates and the opposite follows go well with. because the spiral grows it's undermining the soul of democracy. yet here's the excellent news: nearly all of american citizens need a new procedure of crusade finance. whenever electorate have had an opportunity to settle on a distinct means, they've got spoken loud and transparent. This ebook is the blueprint to come democracy to politics. --Bill Moyers

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Raising the limits would increase the current imbalance in contributions even more. Business interests already contribute seven times as much as labor organizations do, and ten times as much as ideological groups. For example, in , energy interests gave  million in congressional races, whereas environmental groups gave just  million. As the principles of accountability, fairness, and deliberation imply, the issue isn’t simply how much money is being spent and how much time it takes to raise it, but where it comes from, who provides it and who doesn’t, and what obligations, commitments, and conflicts of interest result.

By a slimmer margin Arizona became the first Western state to enact Clean Money reform. Several New York Times edi- {  } D A V I D DO N N E L L Y , J AN I C E F I N E , AN D E L L E N S . MI L L E R torials singled out these efforts as promising new developments in the struggle to enact meaningful campaign finance reform. At the national level, reformers came closer than ever before to passing moderate reform but were stymied by special interests and a Senate out of touch with public concerns.

First, they state that ‘‘the voluntary spending limits in McCain-Feingold . . ’’ Since the voluntary spending limits in our bill would differ from state to state, I don’t see how an ‘‘average’’ figure means much for purposes of comparison. Let’s take a couple of examples.  million overall. During the last Senate race there, in , Republican Michael Huffington spent nearly  million and Democrat Dianne Feinstein spent more than  million.  million overall voluntary spending cap would, of course, have resulted in greatly lower expenditures.

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