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Yale L. & Pol'y Rev
This Essay seeks to provide a theoretical framework for conceptualizing this relationship and considering reforms. Part I traces the variation of campaign finance regimes across several political eras and several jurisdictional scales. Strikingly, although similar six-figure campaign finance scandals prompted the reforms of each era, federal lawmakers in each era have drawn progressively lower one-size-fits-all contribution limits and disclosure thresholds. Meanwhile, state campaign finance laws have been more carefully calibrated to reflect the electoral and financial circumstances of particular electoral contests. Part II considers the currently permissible means and ends of campaign finance law and how they constrain the calibration of contribution limits and disclosure thresholds. Part III explains how a recalibration of campaign finance laws in some jurisdictions might bring these regulations into alignment with the constitutional justifications for-and policy goals of-our system of campaign finance laws. Recalibration offers an important opportunity for both opponents and proponents of regulation to ensure a better fit between the means and ends of campaign finance law.
Johnstone, Anthony, "Recalibrating Campaign Finance Law" (2013). Faculty Journal Articles & Other Writings. 98.