This book is concerned with how the system of congressional campaign financing and proposals for its reform affect key values. It focuses on specific problems with the sources of campaign funds, undesirable consequences of the campaign finance system, and difficulties with reforming the system.
1. Introduction: What Is at Stake? 2. Up for Bid: A Common Cause View Part I: Problems with Funding 3. Contributing as Participation 4. Loose Cannons: Independent Expenditures 5. Loopholes and Abuses 6. The Unaccountability of Political Money Part II: Problematic Consequences 7. The Incumbency Advantage 8. Money and Congressional Behavior 9. Member to Member Giving 10. PACs and Parties Part III: Problems with Reform 11. Public Opinion on Campaign Finance 12. Enhancing Enforcement 13. Weakness of the FEC 14. Prospects for Reform 15. Conclusion: Reforms and Values