Campaign Finance and American Democracy

Campaign Finance and American Democracy:

What the Public Really Thinks and Why It Matters

In recent decades, and particularly since the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, lawmakers and other elites have told Americans that stricter campaign finance laws are needed to improve faith in the elections process, increase trust in the government, and counter cynicism toward politics. Not surprisingly, the next administration and the new Congress will kick off with proposed legislation to regulate campaign finance.

David M. Primo and Jeffrey D. Milyo argue that politicians and the public alike should reconsider this conventional wisdom in light of surprising and comprehensive empirical evidence to the contrary. Please join: January 12 from noon to 1 p.m. for a refreshingly contrarian discussion of American politics and campaign finance.

Featuring David M. Primo, University of Rochester; Jeffrey D. Milyo, University of Missouri; moderated by John Samples, Cato Institute.

During the event, submit questions on Twitter using #CatoEvents, Facebook Live, or in the comment box on the event page.



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