The Battle for Congress: Iraq, Scandal, and Campaign Finance in the 2006 Election

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Overview

This book looks at the changing of the guard in 2006 and speculates on where the system was heading in 2008. It provides an in-depth examination of the ways in which candidates, interest groups, and parties perceived their opportunities and allocated their campaign resources during the midterm elections. The role of money, which was influenced by campaign finance reform, is a special focus in this book. Political scandal figured into electoral outcomes as Republicans became identified with a “culture of corruption.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594515569
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David B. Magleby is nationally recognized for his expertise on direct democracy, voting behavior, and campaign finance. He received his B.A. from the University of Utah in 1973 and his Ph.D. from the University of California–Berkeley. Currently a Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, and Dean of the College of Family Home and Social Science at Brigham Young University, Professor Magleby has also taught at the University of California–Santa Cruz, and the University of Virginia.
From 1982 to 2000, Professor Magleby organized and directed the KBYU–Utah Colleges Exit Poll, a statewide poll involving the coordinated efforts of more than 600 students from eight Utah colleges and universities. Most recently, he has directed several major national studies of soft money and interest group issue advocacy in federal elections. During the 1998, 2000, and 2002 election cycle he worked with a consortium of scholars to monitor some of the most competitive U.S. House and Senate races. That research is summarized in his edited books, Outside Money: Soft Money and Issue Advocacy in the 1998 Congressional Elections (2000), The Other Campaign: Soft Money and Issue Advocacy in the 2000 Congressional Elections (2003), and The Last Hurrah? Soft Money and Issue Advocacy in the 2002 Congressional Elections (forthcoming). He has recently been awarded a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts to conduct similar research in 2004.
Professor Magleby lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife, Linda. They are the parents of four children.

Kelly Patterson is Director of the Center for the Study of Elections Democracy and former chair of the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. After teaching at Franklin and Marshall College from 1989 to 1993, Patterson came to Brigham Young University, where his research and teaching activities focus on American politics, political parties, Congress and elections, public opinion, quantitative methods, and political theory.
He is Coinvestigator on the 2004 CSED projects monitoring soft money and issue advocacy in competitive federal elections and will also be directing the KBYU–Utah Colleges Exit Poll. He is the author of Political Parties and the Maintenance of Liberal Democracy (Columbia University Press 1996) and editor of Contemplating the People’s Branch: Legislative Dynamics in the Twenty-First Century. His research articles have appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, and other research journals in political science. He is a former Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association.
Patterson and his wife, Jeanene, live in Salt Lake City with their two children, Andrew and Kate.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Issues and Campaign Finance in the Battle for Control of Congress
David B. Magleby and Kelly D. Patterson

Chapter 2: Rules of Engagement: BCRA and Unanswered Questions
David B. Magleby and Kelly D. Patterson

Chapter 3: Volatility and Volition: The Pendulum Swings High and Hard in Colorado’s Seventh District
Kyle L. Saunders and Robert J. Duffy

Chapter 4: Independent Actors and Coordinated Campaigns: The Indiana Ninth Congressional District
Marjorie Randon Hershey and Nicholas J. Clark

Chapter 5: The Minnesota U.S. Senate Race and the Sixth Congressional District Race
William H. Flanigan, Kathryn Pearson, and Nancy H. Zingale

Chapter 6: The 2006 Montana Senate Race
Craig Wilson

Chapter 7: Close, but Not Close Enough: Democrats Lose Again by the Slimmest of Margins in New Mexico’s First Congressional District
Lonna Rae Atkeson and Lorraine Tafoya

Chapter 8: The Battle for Ohio 2006: The Democrats Strike Back
Stephen Brooks, Michael John Burton, David B. Cohen, Daniel Coffey, Anne C. Hanson, Stephen T. Mockabee, and John C. Green

Chapter 9: The 2006 Pennsylvania Senate Race
Robin Kolodny, Kyle Kreider, Stephen Medvic, and Daniel Shea

Chapter 10: Pennsylvania’s Sixth Congressional District
Robin Kolodny and Stephen Medvic

Chapter 11: Conclusion
David B. Magleby and Kelly D. Patterson

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