The Financiers of Congressional Elections: Investors, Ideologues, and Intimates by Clyde Wilcox

The Financiers of Congressional Elections: Investors, Ideologues, and Intimates

byClyde Wilcox, Peter Francia, John Green...

Kobo ebook | November 26, 2003

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Individual donors play a critical role in financing congressional elections, accounting for more than half of all money raised in House campaigns. But significant donors (defined here as those contributing more than $200) are the least understood participants in the system. Defenders assert that contributing money to campaigns is part of a broader pattern of civic involvement and is free speech that gives a voice to various interests. Detractors argue that these contributions are undemocratic, enabling wealthy citizens to overwhelm the voices of the many and to promote narrow business and policy interests. These divergent assessments were raised in connection with the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002 and continue to characterize the debate over campaign finance reform.

So who really contributes and why? How much and to how many candidates? What are the strategies used by political campaigns to elicit contributions and how do the views of significant donors impact the campaign-finance system? What do donors think about campaign-finance reform? This book investigates these vital questions, describing the influence of congressional financiers in American politics.

Peter L. Francia is a research fellow and program coordinator at the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Future of Organized Lbor in American Politics. John C. Green is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and director of the Ray C. Bliss In...
Title:The Financiers of Congressional Elections: Investors, Ideologues, and IntimatesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 26, 2003Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023151302X

ISBN - 13:9780231513029


Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Who Are the Financiers of Congressional Elections?
3. What Motivates Donors?
4. Candidates, Donors, and Fundraising Techniques
5. The Contribution
6. The Donors Contact Congress
7. Congressional Donors and Campaign Reform
8. Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

The Financiers of Congressional Elections is a good read for anyone interested in understanding individual donors.