Trends in State Campaign Financing

The regulation of political money continues to rank high on most states’ list of priorities. Experimentation continues in many areas as reform measures have been adopted both by state legislatures and statewide initiatives. Some discernable trends are clear, including more emphasis on public-funding programs (the “clean elections” movement); regulating the scope, nature and use of contributions; disclosure of political advertisements; stronger enforcement of existing laws and concern regarding independent expenditures.

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About the Author
Ronald D. Michaelson is executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections and an adjunct professor of public affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College, an M.A. in political science from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in government from Southern Illinois University. He is the author of numerous articles on government and is a frequent speaker at national conferences on election administration and campaign finance. He currently holds an appointment to the Advisory Committee of the Federal Election Commission and is past national chairman of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws.

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