A Note on Election Financing in Canada and the United States

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Some Canadian provinces were well ahead of most American state legislatures in enacting campaign finance laws. Because of the relative importance of political parties in the Canadian political system, most of the research on campaign financing concentrates on the contribution and expenditure patterns of the parties. This article focuses instead on the candidates' expenditures, and compares the situation to that in several American states. Among other things, it asks whether incumbents enjoy a financial advantage in electoral campaigns.

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