By David Donnelly, Janice Fine, Ellen S. Miller

Joshua Cohen, Joel Rogers (eds.); Gore Vidal (foreword)

Now allow us to use our heads and deal effectively, as they are saying in Washington, with a company ruling category that has hijacked the state, and in so doing put off a minimum of one obvious contradiction: that ours is a central authority of, through, and for the various whilst it's so notoriously the particular guard of the few. --Gore Vidal, from the Foreword

In contemporary years, many citizens have questioned whose voices are literally heard via our elected representatives. because the price of working aggressive political campaigns escalates and politicians charm more and more to prosperous pursuits to finance election bids, citizens in lots of states have handed, or are primed to vote on, crusade finance initiatives.

In Are Elections for Sale?, David Donnelly, Janice nice, and Ellen S. Miller argue that simply complete public investment of campaigns can ascertain democratic elections, they usually assessment the successes a few states have had with the fresh Elections Act.

The New Democracy discussion board is a chain of brief paperback originals exploring artistic recommendations to our so much pressing nationwide concerns.

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American politics has develop into an palms race, with funds doing the paintings of missiles. One facet escalates and the opposite follows go well with. because the spiral grows it's undermining the soul of democracy. yet here's the excellent news: nearly all of american citizens desire a new method of crusade finance. whenever electorate have had an opportunity to decide on a distinct method, they've got spoken loud and transparent. This e-book is the blueprint to come back democracy to politics. --Bill Moyers

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We at ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) applaud the work of our sisters and brothers in New England in passing what we agree is significant campaign finance reform in Maine. But we are surprised that Donnelly, Fine, and Miller neglect the innovative tax credit public financing reform measure passed in Arkansas that we believe also serves as a valuable model for serious campaign finance reform in the years to come, either in combination with state-run ‘‘Clean Money’’ elections funds or by itself.

Conclusion Can the Maine law be generalized to the federal level? A Clean Money Option will certainly face rough sledding in Washington, but so will all other serious reforms. Moreover, tangible signs suggest that Maine’s success story is not falling on deaf ears. S. senators are poised to introduce a Clean Money Option bill in Congress, which would at once signify progress and provide the opportunity for those of us who care about this approach to enter the national debate. But the most dramatic and immediate impact of Maine’s success will be felt in other states, at the state level.

Business interests already contribute seven times as much as labor organizations do, and ten times as much as ideological groups. For example, in , energy interests gave  million in congressional races, whereas environmental groups gave just  million. As the principles of accountability, fairness, and deliberation imply, the issue isn’t simply how much money is being spent and how much time it takes to raise it, but where it comes from, who provides it and who doesn’t, and what obligations, commitments, and conflicts of interest result.

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