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The Financiers of Congressional Elections : Investors, Ideologues, and Intimates - Peter L. Francia

The Financiers of Congressional Elections

Investors, Ideologues, and Intimates

Paperback Published: 26th October 2003
ISBN: 9780231116190
Number Of Pages: 216
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

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The Financiers of Congressional Elections is a good read for anyone interested in understanding individual donors. -- Shelly Conroy Congress and the Presidency

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Who Are the Financiers of Congressional Elections?p. 18
What Motivates Donors?p. 42
Candidates, Donors, and Fundraising Techniquesp. 69
The Contributionp. 99
The Donors Contact Congressp. 122
Congressional Donors and Campaign Reformp. 140
Conclusionp. 157
Methodologyp. 165
Notesp. 185
Referencesp. 191
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780231116190
ISBN-10: 0231116195
Series: Power, Conflict, and Democracy: American Politics Into the 2
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 26th October 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.54 x 16.97  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.3

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