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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 adequately, as they are saying in Washington, with a company ruling classification that has hijacked the state, and in so doing dispose of at the least one obtrusive contradiction: that ours is a central authority of, via, and for the numerous whilst it's so notoriously the specific look after of the few. --Gore Vidal, from the Foreword

In fresh years, many citizens have questioned whose voices are literally heard through our elected representatives. because the fee 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 wonderful, and Ellen S. Miller argue that merely complete public investment of campaigns can determine democratic elections, and so they evaluate the successes a few states have had with the fresh Elections Act.

The New Democracy discussion board is a sequence of brief paperback originals exploring artistic recommendations to our such a lot pressing nationwide concerns.


American politics has develop into an hands race, with cash doing the paintings of missiles. One part escalates and the opposite follows go well with. because the spiral grows it truly is undermining the soul of democracy. yet here's the good news: the vast majority of americans desire a new approach of crusade finance. whenever citizens have had an opportunity to decide on a unique means, they've got spoken loud and transparent. This publication is the blueprint to come back democracy to politics. --Bill Moyers

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Finally, while the implications of this system for political deliberation remain uncertain, the same can be said for any of the other proposals, and there is no reason to think that public financing will produce greater distractions from important public issues than the current system does. Politics When Maine reformers first raised the possibility of a public financing system, they were told they were dreaming, that voters would never go for public financing. And with politicians like President Clinton urging that we squeeze politics into bite-sized morsels, proposing a total overhaul of the way we pay for elections seemed quixotic.

For three reasons. First, and most straightforwardly, partial measures {  } 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 and tinkering around the edges are ineffective, and the American public knows it. Second, people are so disgusted with the current role of money in politics that they are willing to entertain fundamental changes in the rules of the game. Polling results consistently show that issue of campaign finance lies at the heart of citizen discontent with politics.

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.  million and Republican William Weld spent almost  million.

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