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The Appearance of Corruption: Testing the Supreme Court's Assumptions about Campaign Finance Reform

Daron R. Shaw, Brian E. Roberts, and Mijeong Baek


The sanctity of political speech is a key element of the U.S. Constitution and a cornerstone of the American republic. When the Supreme Court linked political speech to campaign finance in its landmark Buckley v. Valeo (1976) decision, the modern era of campaign finance regulation was born. In practical terms, this decision meant that in order to pass constitutional muster, any laws limiting money in politics must be narrowly tailored and serve a compelling state interest. The lone state interest the Court was willing to entertain was the mitigation of corruption. In order to reach this argume ... More

Keywords: campaign finance laws, political participation, corruption, trust in government, money in politics, Buckley v. Valeo (1976), Citizens United (2010), political knowledge

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197548417
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197548417.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daron R. Shaw, author
University Distinguished Teaching Professor & Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Chair of State Politics, University of Texas at Austin

Brian E. Roberts, author
Professor, Department of Government, University of Texas at Austin

Mijeong Baek, author
Senior Researcher, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles