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 classification that has hijacked the state, and in so doing dispose of at the very least one evident contradiction: that ours is a central authority of, by means of, and for the various whilst it's so notoriously the unique defend 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 allure more and more to prosperous pursuits to finance election bids, citizens in lots of states have handed, or are primed to vote on, crusade finance initiatives.

In Are Elections for Sale?, David Donnelly, Janice positive, and Ellen S. Miller argue that merely complete public investment of campaigns can verify democratic elections, they usually overview 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 artistic ideas to our such a lot pressing nationwide concerns.


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

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E M P O W ER C I T I Z E N S . Tax Credit Public Financing. Provides public financing by allowing a  percent annual tax credit of  for individuals and  for married couples for contributions to a candidate committee, a political party, or a political committee. . Small-Donor PACs. Sets up a new class of committees that may receive no more than  from any contributor but may contribute up to , to a candidate. . Independent Expenditure Committees. Requires disclosure of the contributions these committees receive and limits these contributions to  per contributor.

Small-Donor PACs. Sets up a new class of committees that may receive no more than  from any contributor but may contribute up to , to a candidate. . Independent Expenditure Committees. Requires disclosure of the contributions these committees receive and limits these contributions to  per contributor. . Disclosure. Tightens disclosure requirements to  for candidates and, for the first time in Arkansas history, requires the disclosure of contributions to political parties. . Local Government.

Instead of looking for the op- {  } G O I N G PU B L I C timal restrictions on private money, it aims to increase the role of public money as a supplement to private resources, perhaps by using public funds to match small contributions. Although Maine’s Clean Elections Act embraces the principle of public financing, we think that alternative schemes of partial public financing are worstof-both-worlds hybrids: they couple the most troubling effects of private financing with the most problematic aspects of public financing.

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