Are Elections for Sale? (New Democracy Forum) - download pdf or read online

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 thoroughly, 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, through, and for the various whilst it's so notoriously the unique safeguard of the few. --Gore Vidal, from the Foreword

In fresh years, many citizens have puzzled whose voices are literally heard by way of our elected representatives. because the expense of operating 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 high quality, and Ellen S. Miller argue that in basic terms complete public investment of campaigns can make sure 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 inventive recommendations to our so much pressing nationwide concerns.


American politics has develop into an fingers race, with cash doing the paintings of missiles. One facet 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 americans need a new process of crusade finance. at any time when citizens have had an opportunity to settle on a special method, they've got spoken loud and transparent. This publication is the blueprint to come democracy to politics. --Bill Moyers

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MI L L E R not simply the means. There are no formulas for political success, but reformers elsewhere might use these features of the Maine experience as instructive benchmarks. Conclusion Can the Maine law be generalized to the federal level? A Clean Money Option will certainly face rough sledding in Washington, but so will all other serious reforms. Moreover, tangible signs suggest that Maine’s success story is not falling on deaf ears. S. senators are poised to introduce a Clean Money Option bill in Congress, which would at once signify progress and provide the opportunity for those of us who care about this approach to enter the national debate.

First, through public financing, we support presidential candidates who are already obligated to private economic interests; then we finance the tax breaks, subsidies, and other forms of corporate welfare granted to corporate sponsors as paybacks. But even systems of matching funds that (unlike the presidential scheme) attempt to amplify small contributions by providing a high ratio of public money to private money don’t change the fundamental calculus because they don’t outlaw very large private contributions from wealthy special interests, contributions which, matching funds or no matching funds, are enormously influential.

That’s because the current problems are not principally a result of PACs or out-of-state state contributions. PACs are now responsible for only  percent of funding for congressional campaigns. And because PACs are not the exclusive vehicle for wealthy donors, a PAC ban might further slant the playing field: it would disarm labor unions and other interest groups that raise their money from a large number of small contributions from their members. Business interests do not now rely on PACs for their political contributions.

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