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Self-Financed Candidates in Congressional Elections
by Jennifer A. Steen
University of Michigan Press, 2006
Paper: 978-0-472-06903-3 | eISBN: 978-0-472-02255-7 | Cloth: 978-0-472-09903-0
Library of Congress Classification JK1991.S72 2006
Dewey Decimal Classification 324.780973

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Are our elections for sale? Americans have long asked this question in the face of skyrocketing campaign spending by candidates and parties. Then, in the 1990s, came a wave of wealthy individuals whose deep pockets seemed to be buying political offices across the country. Our worst suspicions were confirmed. Or were they? What effect do self-financers really have on electoral outcomes? Jennifer Steen's authoritative empirical study of self-financed candidates is a landmark in American politics. Steen thoroughly dispels the notion that self-funded candidates can buy legislative seats, proving that the vast majority of self-financers do not win their elections. Her book gives us a truer understanding of self-financers' actual influence on campaign competition and rhetoric.


Jennifer A. Steen is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Boston College and a former political consultant. She is one of the nation's leading authorities on self-financed candidates.




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