Campaign Finance Reform: The Political Shell Game (Lexington by Melissa M. Smith

By Melissa M. Smith

Crusade Finance Reform The Political Shell online game presents an in-depth examine the background of political crusade finance reform with distinctive emphasis on legislative, FEC, and federal court docket activities from the Seventies to offer. specifically, the authors learn the ways in which campaigns and self sustaining teams have sought to make end-runs round current crusade finance ideas.

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While the amounts and regulations have changed over the years, the basic idea has remained the same: Try to keep a fairly even playing field for candidates running for federal office and safeguard the political process. Of course, opinions on the effectiveness of these regulations are varied. The most recent attempt at campaign reform, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) of 2002, is also an attempt to regulate contributions, along with what has been termed “issue advertising,” or ads which do not expressly advocate a particular candidate, but which can be highly critical or negative.

Swann, Prime Time Preachers: The Rising Power of Televangelism (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1981). 23. Sid Moody, “The Electronic Church: Spreading the Message,” Clarion Ledger/ Jackson Daily News (October 25, 1981): 1G. 24. Hadden and Swann, Prime Time Preachers, p. 142. 25. Quoted by Moody, “The Electronic Church,” p. 1G. 26. Hadden and Swann, Prime Time Preachers. 27. Michael Clark, “Soldiers of a Christian Right March to Rescue a Backsliding America,” Commercial Appeal (September 7, 1980): 1A.

Their approach relied heavily on direct mail and broadcast ads, with the direct mail campaign serving as both a means of raising funds and also distributing negative information about Democratic incumbents. NCPAC became the role model for circumventing the campaign reform laws of the day. Those regulations prevented third-party entities from spending more than $1,000 in support of a federal candidate. However, there was no limitation placed on expenditures against a candidate. Thus NCPAC geared up to run negative campaigns against those candidates on their “hit list,” leaving their candidates to run positive campaigns while separating themselves from the source of the negative ads.

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