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.
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.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Three Centuries of Campaign Finance Law Chapter 3 Corruption and the Growth of Campaign Spending Chapter 4 Public Attitudes on Campaign Finance Chapter 5 Hey, Wait A Minute: The Assumptions Behind the Case for Campaign Finance Reform Chapter 6 Sources and Uses of Soft Money: What Do We Know? Chapter 7 Contributing as Political Participation Chapter 8 Judges in the Political Thicket Chapter 9 Eight Ideas for Meaningful Campaign Finance Reform