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By David Donnelly, Janice Fine, Ellen S. Miller

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

Now allow us to use our heads and deal safely, as they are saying in Washington, with a company ruling type that has hijacked the state, and in so doing cast off at the least one evident contradiction: that ours is a central authority of, by way of, and for the various whilst it's so notoriously the specific shield 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 rate of operating aggressive political campaigns escalates and politicians allure 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 advantageous, and Ellen S. Miller argue that merely complete public investment of campaigns can confirm democratic elections, and so they assessment 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 ideas to our such a lot pressing nationwide concerns.


American politics has develop into an fingers race, with cash doing the paintings of missiles. One aspect escalates and the opposite follows swimsuit. because the spiral grows it really is undermining the soul of democracy. yet here's the excellent news: nearly all of american citizens need a new method of crusade finance. whenever citizens have had an opportunity to decide on a distinct 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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Demonstrating the breadth of its appeal, the campaign recruited business leaders and received the active endorsement of the former director of the state’s Chamber of Commerce as well as that of a wellrespected former CEO of the Bath Iron Works, the largest private employer in the state. ’’ By mid-summer, the initiative had the support of a plurality but not a majority of voters. The large hurdle was the public financing strategy itself: though a substantial majority supported the results that public financing would produce —blunting the influence of special interests and leveling the playing field for candidates—many had trouble believing that the system could in fact be cleaned up and many were especially hesitant about public financing (historically unpopular) as a means for advancing these goals.

Most important, from the point of view of the issues discussed in this article, is that Senator McCain and I decided to modify our bill before pressing for its con- {  } S E N A T OR R U S S E L L F EI N G O L D sideration on the floor of the Senate. We did that to increase our chances of gaining Republican support for the bill. The version of the McCain-Feingold bill considered by the Senate and blocked by a filibuster in September , and again in February and September , does not include voluntary spending limits or limitations on PACs or out-of-state contributions.

Shutting down the channel for  million’s worth of soft-money contributions is no ‘‘modest’’ change. Donnelly, Fine, and Miller do touch on the other major provision of McCain-Feingold, the benefits granted to candidates who adhere to voluntary spending limits, but they fail to appreciate its significance. Candidates {  } MODEST REFORM? who agree to voluntarily limit their campaign spending would be eligible to receive thirty minutes of free television time during the general election period, and they would receive additional discounted television time and a discount on postage rates for campaign mailings.

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