The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections

Source: Daniel P. Tokaji & Renata E. B. Strause, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, Election Law @ Moritz, 2014

From the summary:
In the years since Citizens United, there has been a torrent of outside money flood election campaigns. While there has been considerable attention to raw numbers, much less was known about the real-world effects of such spending — until now.

Tokaji and Strause have written the most comprehensive report to date on the impact of independent spending, as told by those in the best position to know. Based on over 40 interviews with political players across the ideological spectrum, their report The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections, paints a vivid picture of how outside spending affects contemporary elections and politics.

The New Soft Money addresses these questions:
– What kinds of outside groups engage in outside spending, and what are their objectives?
– How has outside spending changed congressional campaigns, including candidates’ attempt to maintain message discipline?
– Is independent spending used or perceived as a threat to congressional candidates who refuse to toe the line of outside groups?
– Do outside groups and candidate campaigns cooperate? Do they engage in illegal coordination?
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