Melissa M. Smith

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    With the departure of another commissioner, the FEC’s main job now is shuffling paper

With the departure of another commissioner, the FEC’s main job now is shuffling paper

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In August a member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) resigned, paralyzing the ability of the independent agency which oversees US elections to do its job. Melissa M. Smith writes that the FEC has been dysfunctional for a long time: its enforcement actions have been largely slow and relatively toothless. And with the Republican Party in control of the […]

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    Book Review: Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail by Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner

Book Review: Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail by Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner

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Is there too much money behind US political campaigns or is it more a question of where the money flows? In Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail, Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner present their argument in favour of giving more, rather than less, money to political parties in order to reduce the polarisation that […]

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