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The one percent has been providing an ever larger share of campaign funds since the 1980s. In 2015, well over half of the money contributed to the presidential race came from roughly 350 families. One-fourth of it came from just seventy-eight donors, all of whom made contributions of $1 million or more. Can we still say we live in a democracy if a few hundred rich families provide such disproportionate shares of campaign funds? Congress and the courts are divided on that question, with conservatives saying yes and liberals saying no. The debate is about the most fundamental of political questions: how we define democracy, and how we want our democracy to work. The debate may ultimately be about political theory, but in practice it is conducted in terms of laws, regulations, and court decisions about PACs, super PACs, 527s, 501(c)(4)s, dark money, the Federal Election Commission, and even the IRS. Campaign Finance: What Everyone Needs to Know® explains those laws, regulations, and court decisions, and asks how they fit into the larger debate about how we want our democracy to work.
Number of Pages: 207
Genre: Political Science, History, Freedom + Security / Law Enforcement
Series Title: What Everyone Needs to Know
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr on Demand
Author: Robert E. Mutch
Street Date: August 1, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-44-1607
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