Financing the 2016 Election

Financing the 2016 Election

by David B. Magleby (Editor)


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Money and politics in an election that broke the mold

Beginning with the 1960 election, readers could turn to one book for an authoritative and comprehensive examination of campaign finance at the federal level. Now, the latest in this respected series, Financing the 2016 Election, explores the role of money in one of the most unconventional elections in modern American history. A team of leading scholars has dug into the roles played by political parties and special interest groups (including their “Super PACS”) in the presidential and congressional elections of 2016.

David Magleby and his team of experts examined Federal Elections Commission reports and interviewed dozens of key participants, including representatives of virtually all the major interest groups active in the 2016 election cycle. They place that election in the context of how U.S. elections have been financed during recent decades—a context that illustrates how dramatically different campaign finance is today from the past. Among the most important changes has been the growth of so-called Super PACS, which have become increasingly important both in the financing they provide candidates and in their ability to act independently, both for and against candidates. Overall, Super PACS doubled their spending in 2016 from four years earlier.

Taking a comprehensive approach, this book helps readers understand how the financing of elections—including the increasing reliance by candidates on outside special interest groups—ultimately affects politics and public policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780815736592
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 391
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

David B. Magleby is a distinguished professor of political science at Brigham Young University. He has published thirteen books on campaign finance, including five in this series. He is also known for his work on direct democracy and party identification and is a coauthor of a leading text on the American government, Government by the People.

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments

1. Change and Continuity in the Financing of the 2016 U.S. Federal Election

David B. Magleby

2. The Regulatory Environment of the 2016 Election

Anthony Corrado

3. Interest Groups in the 2016 Election

David B. Magleby and Jay Goodliffe

4. Financing the 2016 Presidential Nomination Campaigns

John C. Green

5. Financing the 2016 Presidential General Election

David A. Hopkins

6. Financing the 2016 Congressional Election

Molly E. Reynolds and Richard L. Hall

7. Party Money in the 2016 Election

Diana Dwyre and Robin Kolodny

8. Political and Policy Implications following the 2016 Election

David B. Magleby

Appendix: List of Interviews



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