Candidate Spending in State Legislative Races

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In 1992 Frank Sorauf, one of the leading authorities on campaign financing in the United States, wrote a book entitled, Inside Campaign Finance. The subtitle was "Myths and Realities". Another leading authority, Herbert Alexander, had published in 1991 Reform and Reality, a book on financing state and local political campaigns. It is significant that the term reality appears in both titles. The issue of campaign financing is so complex, so illusory, and increasingly emotive that we often talk above, below, or past each other on the subject. In part this is because we do not agree on what is the "reality" of campaign finance.

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