The California State Assembly: Where the People Don’t Matter - On the Campaign Financing of Assembly Candidates and the Puzzling Lack of Public Outcry

18 Pages Posted: 31 May 2011

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Brian Russ

University of the Pacific (UOP), McGeorge School of Law, Students

Date Written: May 22, 2011

Abstract

This paper explores why electoral competitiveness is so low in California State Assembly races by examining the nature of campaign contributions, and the public’s engagement with the Assembly. Once the engaged electorate elects their candidate of choice, that candidate is then freed from the burden of voter-accountability and does not rely as heavily on the engaged electorate’s support for reelection. The intent of this paper is to show that the unremarkable electorate composed of everyday citizens has a shrinking impact on successive campaign races, yet that same unremarkable electorate is ambivalent to the dubious nature of this predicament.

Keywords: California State Assembly, Campaign Finance

Suggested Citation

Russ, Brian, The California State Assembly: Where the People Don’t Matter - On the Campaign Financing of Assembly Candidates and the Puzzling Lack of Public Outcry (May 22, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1850107 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1850107

Brian Russ (Contact Author)

University of the Pacific (UOP), McGeorge School of Law, Students ( email )

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Sacremento, CA 95817
United States

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