Better Parties, Better Government A Realistic Program for Campaign Finance Reform

ISBN-10: 0844742716

ISBN-13: 9780844742717

Edition: 2009

Authors: Peter J. Wallison, Joel M. Gora

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List price: $26.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Publication date: 5/16/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction and Summary
Deficiencies of the Candidate-Centered Campaign Finance System
Enhancing the advantages of incumbents
Creating the appearance of corruption or buying influence
Favoring wealthy candidates
Discouraging high-quality people
Distracting elected officials from performing their functions
Promoting inefficient or wasteful use of campaign contributions
Empowering consultants, raising campaign costs, and reducing the policy significance of campaigns
Reducing useful information for voters
Enhancing the power of the "special interests"
Implementation of a Better System
How The Current Campaign Finance System Works For Incumbents And Against Parties
The Campaign Finance System and Incumbent Protection
A Century of "Reform"
Congressional Action
Incumbent Advantages in the Current Campaign Finance Regime
Expenditure limits
Contribution limits
Coordinated expenditures
Soft money and the BCRA
Disclosure requirements
Corporations, unions, and PACs vs. political parties
527s, 501(c)s, and beyond
Public Financing of Political Campaigns
A Better Way?
Other Reforms: Would They Make Things Better Or Worse?
More of the Same-The Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Model
The Government Financing Model
Government Financing in Theory
Government Financing in Practice
Flawed laws
Presidential public financing
State and local programs
Federal Proposals for Public Funding
From the Framers-A Minimalist Approach
Other Proposals for Campaign Finance Reform
Free television time
Communication vouchers
Patriot dollars
Only patriot dollars
The donation booth
Instantaneous Internet disclosure
The Benefits Of Lifting Campaign Finance Restrictions On Parties
A More Competitive Electoral System
The Unique Role and Capabilities of Political Parties
Parties as Principal Funding Sources
Parties are efficient fundraisers
Candidates will prefer party funding
The appearance-of-corruption issue will remain for candidates raising their own funds
Candidates supported by parties will be more successful
Candidates supported by parties will be able to spend more time campaigning
The Benefits of Parties as Funding Sources
Reduced appearance of corruption
Reduced advantages for the wealthy
Better candidates
More time for lawmakers to do their jobs
More efficient use of campaign funds
Cheaper campaigns focused on parties' goals
More information for voters
Less power for special interests
Less gerrymandering
The Governance Benefits Of Party-Centered Campaign Finance
The American Attitude toward Political Parties
The Cycles of Party Power: A Brief History of Parties in the United States
Current Attitudes toward Parties
Political Parties and American Democracy
The Benefits of a Greater Policy Role for Parties
Continuity in policy
Choice in public policy
Fostering of accountability
Aggregation of special interests
Support for governmental initiatives
Conclusion: Now, It's Up To Congress
About The Authors
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