Whatever It Takes: The Real Struggle for Political Power in America

Whatever It Takes: The Real Struggle for Political Power in America

by Elizabeth Drew
     
 
Elizabeth Drew’s book on campaign finance reform has been referred to throughout the Congressional committee investigation of campaign finance abuses. This "bible" of campaign reform not only has been instrumental in issuing subpoenas to people and groups at the hearings, but has single-handedly informed the electorate of the dark and hidden places in our political

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Elizabeth Drew’s book on campaign finance reform has been referred to throughout the Congressional committee investigation of campaign finance abuses. This "bible" of campaign reform not only has been instrumental in issuing subpoenas to people and groups at the hearings, but has single-handedly informed the electorate of the dark and hidden places in our political system. In this provocative account of the real political clash of 1996—the fight for the House of Representatives—Drew introduces us to a set of characters who had a huge impact on our politics and on the outcome of the election. With her access to back rooms and secret meetings she reveals the strategies conservative groups were willing to take to ensure victory in the House, and demonstrates conclusively that the revelations of abuses of the finance laws by the Clinton team cost the Democrats the House.

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Library Journal
Political commentator Drew has written the book for all Americans concerned about campaign finance improprieties. She tells the story of how political interest groups, in conjunction with both the major political parties, influenced the raising and spending of campaign monies in the 1996 presidential and congressional campaigns. Focusing primarily on Republican efforts (though also alluding to the Democrats), Drew discusses these groups (Christian Coalition, National Beer Wholesalers Association, National Rifle Association, etc.) that mobilize their membership for candidates in local, state, and, in particular, federal races. Relying on interviews with these groups' leaders and party insiders, Drew reveals how "hard" money (which can be legally used on behalf of candidates) and "soft" money (which can be raised and spent on "issues" instead of candidates but are run in races against vulnerable opponents) can circumvent current campaign finance laws. Highly recommended for all collections.Patricia Hatch, Insurance Inst. for Property Loss Reduction, Boston

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140268584
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
05/01/1998
Edition description:
UPDATED
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.56(d)

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