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Unfree Speech:
The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform
Bradley A. Smith
With a new preface by the author

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ADDITIONAL REVIEWS:

"Mr. Smith is a member of the Federal Election Commission, an agency created for the sole purpose of enforcing the Federal Election Campaign Act. Mr. Smith believes not only that the act doesn't work, but that it also undermines democracy. Moreover, he's convinced that virtually all attempts to regulate campaign finances are bad for society. . . . Mr. Smith's fundamental argument, though, is that there is no way to limit the expenditure of money on politics without violating the free speech rights of those who want to spend it."--Gerald F. Seib, The Wall Street Journal

"Unfree Speech is an important and valuable contribution to the money and politics literature. . . . [A] well-argued and well-presented counterreformist argument."--David C. W. Parker, Congress and the Presidency

ENDORSEMENT:

"A wonderful, timely, and accessible book about one of the most pressing public questions of our time: the issue of campaign finance reform. Bedeviling our nation's political community for more than twenty-five years, the dispute over how best to regulate political campaign funding--and hence political campaign speech--has pitted free speech advocates against good government reformers, Democrats against Republicans, and courts against legislatures. Bradley Smith's highly readable book navigates all of these crosscurrents in a balanced way that informs the reader of the basic elements of the debates, while deftly skewering the key components of the conventional wisdom by arguing for the elimination of laws limiting campaign funding."--Joel Gora, Brooklyn Law School

"To date no one has written a sustained, book-length argument for the deregulation of campaign financing. Bradley Smith's Unfree Speech is a welcome step in filling that gap. He addresses numerous important themes, including the inroads on freedom of speech caused by campaign finance regulation, the tendency of reformers to exaggerate the harms of campaign finance and to seek increasing restrictions on speech, and the tendency for the burden of regulation to fall most heavily on everyday citizens."--Daniel Lowenstein, UCLA

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