The Recusal Alternative to Campaign Finance Reform

37 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2007


Typical campaign finance proposals focus on limiting the amount of money that can be contributed to candidates and the amount of money that candidates can spend. This article suggests an alternative proposal that places no restrictions on contributions or spending, but rather targets the corrupting influence of contributions. Under the proposals, legislators would be required to recuse themselves from voting on issues directly affecting contributors. I contend that this proposal would prevent corruption and the appearance of corruption while remedying the first amendment objections to the regulation of money in campaigns.

Keywords: recusal, campaign finance, corruption, election, legislator, Congress, contributions

Suggested Citation

Nagle, John Copeland, The Recusal Alternative to Campaign Finance Reform. Harvard Journal on Legislation, Vol. 37, p. 69, 2000; Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper No. 07-10. Available at SSRN:

John Copeland Nagle (Contact Author)

Notre Dame Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
United States

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