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'Rhetoric and Reality': Testing the Harm of Campaign Spending

37 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2015 Last revised: 2 Apr 2015

Rebecca L. Brown

USC Gould School of Law

Andrew D. Martin

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Date Written: March 23, 2015

Abstract

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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Brown, Rebecca L. and Martin, Andrew D., 'Rhetoric and Reality': Testing the Harm of Campaign Spending (March 23, 2015). 90 New York University Law Review, 2015 Forthcoming; USC CLASS Research Paper No. 15-11; USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 15-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2584069

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