Super PACs and Financing the 2012 Presidential Election
- Girish J. Gulati
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A free and fair electoral process is the primary mechanism for holding political power accountable in a democratic society. Money, for better or for worse, is an essential ingredient for facilitating elections that are competitive and substantively meaningful. Money allows candidates and political parties to organize voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives. Money also enables candidates to travel for meeting directly with voters and to communicate with and inform voters through the mass media and direct mail about their issue positions, leadership qualities, record in office, the rationale for their candidacy, and failings of their opponents.
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Without substantial amounts of money, it is unlikely that any candidate for national office can assemble the p
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- Girish J. Gulati (1)
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- 1. Bentley University, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA, 02452, USA