Saxl, Michael; Maloney, Maeghan
June 2004
Harvard Journal on Legislation;Summer2004, Vol. 41 Issue 1, p465
Academic Journal
The Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002 dramatically redesigned the rules of campaign finance for federal elections. Since passage, a loophole in the Act has led to a system where large private donations still play a domineering role in campaigns, albeit through unaffiliated organizations rather than the candidates themselves. This Essay argues that instead of pursuing legislation that merely regulates contributions and expenditures, the only way to ensure that big money does not dominate political campaigns is to replace the current system with public campaign financing, using the Maine Clean Elections Act as a model.


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