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U.S. Election Campaigns: A Documentary and Reference Guide (Documentary and Reference Guides)by Thomas J. Baldino
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While the media and the public tend to focus on the personalities and foibles of the candidates and the horse-race elements of political campaigns, election outcomes often depend as much on the rules that limit candidates' activities and advertising as on the candidates' platforms and personal appeal. How much money may candidates raise? From whom can they accept money? When and how may they spend their campaign funds? What are they allowed to say in their ads?
Informed voters who understand the constraints under which campaigns operate can see past the headlines and the hype to assess the quality of the candidates' campaign decisions and their management skills. The approximately 100 documents gathered in this reference guide put the essential information in readers' hands.
After introducing 18th- and 19th-century efforts to regulate American election campaigns, this book examines the 20th-century evolution and refinement of election campaign laws in era-by-era chapters and concludes with a chapter on 21st-century developments. Each chapter opens with a short essay highlighting politically relevant historical events of the era to place the subject matter in context.
Book News Annotation:
This reference for undergraduate students traces developments in campaign regulations and court interpretations over the past 100 years, using excerpts from about 60 primary documents paired with plain-language explanations. The documents include federal statutes, executive orders, Supreme Court decisions, opinions from the Federal Election Commission, and sections of the Internal Revenue Code. They are presented in chronological order within chapters covering the 19th century through the present. Chapter-opening essays review historical events of the era. Commentary on each document touches on the document's origins and importance. A reader's guide organizes the documents into categories, including campaign finance statutes and regulations, corrupt campaign practices and scandals, executive orders, FCC broadcast regulations, and court decisions on ballot access, corporate rights, and redistricting. The book's layout features b&w historical and contemporary photos, political cartoons, and margin sidebars. Baldino and Kreider teach political science at Wilkes University. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This book provides an analytical guide to the modern political campaign, chronologically covering key federal, state, and local campaign laws, election commission rules, and the court decisions interpreting them.
• Analytical essays and suggested print and electronic resources accompany every documentary entry
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