"Campaign Finance in America: Why So 'Small'?" with Edward Lopez
Much conventional and scholarly wisdom maintains that spending on U.S. elections is of a large magnitude, leading to corruption of elected officials and an imbalance of political expression toward the wealthy. This talk will present data on congressional and presidential elections to confirm that the rate of growth of campaign spending has been high in recent decades, but that the level magnitude of
campaign finance in America may still not be that large. The talk with then discuss a handful of possible reasons for this relatively "small" magnitude, and conclude by discussing implications for future campaign finance reform.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm