Financing the 2008 Election: Assessing Reform by David B. Magleby, Anthony Corrado

By David B. Magleby, Anthony Corrado

The 2008 elections have been via any typical old. The state elected its first African American president, and the Republicans nominated their first woman candidate for vice chairman. more cash was once raised and spent on federal contests than in any election in U.S. historical past. Barack Obama raised a record-setting $745 million for his crusade and federal applicants, social gathering committees, and curiosity teams additionally raised and spent record-setting quantities. additionally, the way in which funds was once raised through a few applicants and social gathering committees has the capability to rework American politics for years yet to come. the most recent installment in a chain that dates again part a century, Financing the 2008 Election is the definitive research of the way crusade finance and spending formed the historical presidential and congressional races of 2008. It explains why those documents have been set and what it skill for the way forward for U.S. politics. David Magleby and Anthony Corrado have assembled a group of specialists who subscribe to them in exploring the financing of the 2008 presidential and congressional elections. they supply insights into the political events and curiosity teams that made crusade finance background and summarize very important criminal and regulatory adjustments that affected those elections. participants: Allan Cigler (University of Kansas), Stephanie Perry Curtis (Brigham younger University), John C. eco-friendly (Bliss Institute on the college of Akron), Paul S. Herrnson (University of Maryland), Diana Kingsbury (Bliss Institute on the college of Akron), Thomas E. Mann (Brookings Institution).

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The net effect of the advances made by both sides was that 2008 was the most database-driven campaign to date. Both sides invested heavily in modeling voter preferences and in microtargeting appeals. 88 congressional campaign committees. Beyond the core party functions of providing infrastructure like voter lists and research on candidates and the opposition, party committees help fund campaigns. They do this through contributions to candidates and by spending in coordination with candidates. Both of these types of spending are limited.

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Do). qxp:5439-6 3/7/11 4:29 PM Page 45 adaptation and innovation in 2008 elections 45 69. Magleby, “A High-Stakes Election,” p. 10; Candice J. Nelson, “Spending in the 2000 Election,” in Financing the 2000 Election, edited by Magleby, pp. 22–48, 44. 70. Magleby, Dictum without Data. 71. David B. Magleby, J. Quin Monson, and Kelly D.

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