BPC and the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) held a discussion on research priorities for the study of money in politics. BPC and CFI recently convened a working group of prominent scholars to recommend research priorities for the field. A series of papers on the state of campaign finance research, authored by members of the working group, will be published in the Fall edition of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. Its goal was not to make policy recommendations but to assess what was most important to learn in a rapidly evolving field.
Panelists discussed recent changes to our campaign finance system, asking whether the increase in spending by independent and party-affiliated groups affect the role of political parties in the campaign finance system, a development that might be further impacted by the recently argued McCutcheon case. The panel also examined new campaign technologies and whether these will lead to an increase in small donations and broader participation in the electoral process.
Sec. Dan Glickman
Senior Fellow, BPC
Executive Director, Campaign Finance Institute
Panel discussion featuring:
Charles S. Rhyne Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law
Kathleen Hall Jamieson
Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor of Media and Public Affairs, School of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
Ray La Raja
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Editorial Director, Personal Democracy Media
John C. Fortier
Director, BPC Democracy Project