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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 properly, as they are saying in Washington, with a company ruling category that has hijacked the state, and in so doing do away with at the least one obvious contradiction: that ours is a central authority of, via, and for the various whilst it's so notoriously the unique shield 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 price of working aggressive political campaigns escalates and politicians charm 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 superb, and Ellen S. Miller argue that merely complete public investment of campaigns can determine 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 chain of brief paperback originals exploring artistic recommendations to our so much pressing nationwide concerns.


American politics has develop into an hands race, with funds 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 desire a new method of crusade finance. at any time when citizens have had an opportunity to settle on a distinct manner, they've got spoken loud and transparent. This publication is the blueprint to come back democracy to politics. --Bill Moyers

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The participants concluded that a system that provides an option for keeping all specialinterest money out and replacing it with public money was needed as one step toward restoring faith in the democratic process. Five separate statewide polls conducted by Bannon Research in  revealed similar sentiments. But, as political junkies like to say, the only poll that matters is taken on election day. And here we come to the third factor: elections are won by organizations. And the Maine campaign provides instructive lessons for other efforts elsewhere.

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.

Reform of our political system will not come in one dramatic stroke, but by patient work and deliberate process. Since we are all working hard to reform that system, let’s continue to work together. Postscrip t This article was originally written to respond to criticisms of the version of the McCain-Feingold bill that was introduced in the Senate in early . As Ellen Miller and her colleagues point out in their postscript, much has happened to campaign finance reform since then. 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.

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