'Rhetoric and Reality': Testing the Harm of Campaign Spending
37 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2015 Last revised: 2 Apr 2015
Date Written: March 23, 2015
This is an empirical piece prepared for a conference entitled Testing the Constitution, held at the University of Chicago Law School. Brown and Martin collaborated to design a survey experiment aimed at testing some of the factual claims made by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. FEC. The paper shows that there is a demonstrable harm to the electorate's faith in democracy, and argues that these findings supply a government interest, separate from prevention of corruption, in regulating campaign spending.
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