Public Opinion and Campaign Finance: Reformers Versus Reality

In this article, David Primo reviews the public opinion data and shows that the public has favored campaign finance reform, but it has been inconsistent in its preferences and has assigned it a low priority. He also shows that trust in government is not linked to campaign spending. This absence of connection contradicts arguments that Americans will trust government more if the amount spent on campaigns drops following reform.

Read the paper here.

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