Political Money and Freedom of Speech

This study challenges the orthodoxy that political money must be limited.  The author first outlines the current law of political money and proposals for reform, and then critically examines reformers’ arguments by examining the political and constitutional theories that refute them.  She concludes by noting that the best way to resolve the anomalies in the current campaign finance landscape may be to eliminate contribution limits entirely.

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contributions & Limits, Jurisprudence & Litigation, Political Committees & 527s, Political Parties, Research

Political Money: The New Prohibition

This article first appeared in the Essays in Public Policy series published by the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, in 1997. In Political Money: The New Prohibition Annelise Anderson addresses whether or not we are spending too much on political campaigns and whether either expenditure limits or contribution limits are desirable or effective in accomplishing the purposes they supposedly serve. Rather than increase limits on spending and contributions, she recommends abolishing them but strengthening campaign finance reporting requirements and the speed with which data are made available to the public.

Filed Under: Contribution Limits, Contribution Limits, Contributions & Limits, Research, Uncategorized, Contribution Limits, Contributions & Limits

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