STANFORD — In the new Hoover Institution Press volume Political Money: Deregulating American Politics, Annelise Anderson has brought together a noteworthy collection of articles, Supreme Court opinions, current and proposed laws, and various points of view concerning campaign finance reform.
Anderson, a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, edited this topical volume and contributed the introduction and an essay. The introduction points out that campaign finance reform proposals often generate controversy because they are viewed in some circles as censoring political activity.
In her essay, Anderson addresses whether an excessive amount of money is spent on political campaigns and whether limits on spending and contributions are effective. While Anderson recommends abolishing those limits, she also calls for real-time campaign finance reporting requirements that would provide up-to-date information on the Internet regarding who contributes to which campaigns.
Hoover Institution fellows Martin Anderson and Williamson Evers have also contributed essays to Political Money: Deregulating American Politics. Additional contributors include publisher Steve Forbes, Arizona senator John McCain, and several prominent writers, among them Tom Bethell, David Frum, the late Meg Greenfield, Charles Krauthammer, Jonathan Rauch and Robert J. Samuelson.
From 1981 to 1983, Annelise Anderson was an associate director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, where she was responsible for the budgets of five cabinet departments and more than 40 other government agencies. She has been affiliated with the Hoover Institution since 1983.