Incumbents, Money, and Apathy: Barriers to Effective Campaign Finance Reform
Gaty, Edward W.
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There are three parts to my Senior Individualized Project, each distinct and deliberate with the conclusion in mind. The problem in undertaking a project such as this is the scope and focus by which it is done; I hope that I have included everything. The first part looks at the pros and cons of campaign finance reform and also looks at a historical perspective of past campaign finance reform blunders. We will see that all is not right in the world of politics because incumbents win too easily. The second part studies the Sharon Miller for Senate campaign. I worked as the assistant campaign manager for Mrs. Miller from September 2 to November 8 of 1994. She ran as a Republican against incumbent Democrat James Berryman of Adrian and lost. My two months of work exposed me to the underside of politics -- most of which I hope are conveyed here. Mrs. Miller lost because she was outspent by an incredible amount and this is detailed graphically in this section. The third part attempts to solve the problem of incumbency power, looking first at possible supply-side shifts and then concluding that this is impossible. Thus, the real solution lies in artificially limiting incumbents' power through the use of term limits.