Handbook of Political Party Funding
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Handbook of Political Party Funding

Edited by Jonathan Mendilow and Eric Phélippeau

Scrutinizing a relatively new field of study, the Handbook of Political Party Funding assesses the basic assumptions underlying the research, presenting an unequalled variety of case studies from diverse political finance systems.
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Chapter 12: Party funding in the United States

Robert G. Boatright


American political parties have always been weaker than the political parties of other nations, and U.S. campaign finance regulations have tended to favor candidates and groups, not parties. This has particularly been the case since the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. This decision, which sanctioned the creation of ‘Super PACs’, has led to a system in which the distinction between party organizations and party-allied interest groups has become difficult to make. This chapter explores the consequences of this development for party accountability, political corruption, and political polarization.

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