"Campaign finance expert Mutch surveys an incendiary and timeless subject with considerable finesse." --Publishers Weekly
"[Mutch] contributes a broad perspective to the heated controversy provoked by the current Supreme Court and its decision that corporations can use their financial power to influence electoral outcomes-putting corporations on par with individual people... An excellent discussion of election finance reform." --Kirkus Reviews
"Mutch's book supplies the crucial context that is missing in today's campaign finance debate." --American Constitution Society for Law and Policy Blog
"Buying the Vote examines the evolution of the financing of presidential elections, the adoption and impact of federal campaign-finance laws, and the Supreme Court's campaign-finance cases... Mutch is surely correct that the Court's decisions, rooted in a controversial legal theory, 'have had a substantial effect on political reality' and have sharply narrowed the range of possible reforms." -Journal of Interdisciplinary History
About the Author
Robert E. Mutch is an independent scholar who specializes in the history of campaign finance.