Political Equality, the Internet, and Campaign Finance Regulation

Forum, Vol. 61, Article 7, 2008

Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2008-11

Posted: 6 Apr 2008 Last revised: 18 May 2014

See all articles by Richard L. Hasen

Richard L. Hasen

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Abstract

Despite signs from the 2004 presidential election contest pointing to a larger role for "big money" in the 2008 season, the indicia so far suggest that there is much for egalitarians to cheer. Egalitarians believe that unequal distribution of wealth should play less of a role in determining presidential election outcomes and/or the policies of the president once elected. At this point in the 2008 election season, it appears that big money is beginning to matter less, rather than more, thanks in large part to the enhanced role of the Internet in campaigning and fundraising, and especially thanks to the viability of campaigns funded substantially by small donors. Such a shift is especially important given that the United States Supreme Court has grown increasingly hostile to campaign finance regulation. The promise of small donors, rather than regulation, stands the best chance of countering the role of big money in future presidential elections.

Suggested Citation

Hasen, Richard L., Political Equality, the Internet, and Campaign Finance Regulation. Forum, Vol. 61, Article 7, 2008; Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2008-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1116774

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