State Campaign Finance Laws and the Equality of Political Representation

@article{FlavinPatrick2014StateCF,
  title={State Campaign Finance Laws and the Equality of Political Representation},
  author={FlavinPatrick},
  journal={Election Law Journal},
  year={2014},
  volume={13},
  pages={362-374}
}
Abstract Laws that regulate the financing of campaigns are one attempt to attenuate the role of money in politics in hopes that citizens' opinions will receive more equal consideration when elected officials make policy decisions. Do states with stricter campaign finance laws actually display more egalitarian patterns of representation? Using public opinion measures from the National Annenberg Election Surveys and data on state policies, I first demonstrate that state policy decisions are… Expand

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