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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 thoroughly, as they are saying in Washington, with a company ruling category that has hijacked the kingdom, and in so doing dispose of not less than one obvious contradiction: that ours is a central authority of, by way of, and for the numerous while it's so notoriously the particular safeguard of the few. --Gore Vidal, from the Foreword

In fresh 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 charm more and more to prosperous 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 nice, and Ellen S. Miller argue that merely complete public investment of campaigns can make sure 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 sequence of brief paperback originals exploring artistic options to our such a lot pressing nationwide concerns.


American politics has turn 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 excellent news: the vast majority of americans desire a new method of crusade finance. whenever citizens have had an opportunity to decide on a distinct manner, they've got spoken loud and transparent. This booklet is the blueprint to come back democracy to politics. --Bill Moyers

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Thus they are nearly equally accessible to ‘‘lean cats’’ as they are to ‘‘fat cats’’—and the fat {  } E M P O W ER C I T I Z E N S cats’ contributions need to be pretty lean, no more than . What makes the small-donor PAC particularly effective as a campaign finance reform tool is its interaction with the contribution limits of the initiative. Under the initiative, regular PACs and individuals can contribute no more than  per election to a candidate (or  for a statewide race), while small-donor PACs are allowed to contribute up to ,.

Returning to our five principles, what are the advantages of the Clean Money option? By providing an alternative to the special interest–driven system for financing elections, the Clean Money Option will level the playing field for candidates, thus enhancing electoral competition. At the same time, it will lower the economic barriers now faced by citizens who might consider running for office and, by reducing the role of private money, it will increase the importance of those political activities that are available to all citizens.

MI L L E R at best limited gains in fairness and accountability. 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.

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