Rethinking Campaign Finance Prohibitions

May 1, 2005

Allison R. Hayward

Modern politicians and activists face a sea of complex and contradictory campaign finance regulations. Every step is governed by limits, prohibitions, reporting requirements — all run through with a maze of exceptions. The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) as it has evolved is simultaneously complex, restrictive and porous. The confusion and doubt created by such complicated laws seem to serve the interests of no one, certainly not the voters and citizens who they are intended to benefit....

Rethinking Campaign Finance Prohibitions