This project would not
have been possible without the cooperation and support of countless
activists and public officials around the country, who took
time out of their busy schedules to answer my questions. In
particular I would like to mention Ed Davis of Common Cause
and Janice Fine of Northeast Citizen Action who helped steer
me to many of their associates and contacts.
I would like to extend special thanks to my thesis
advisor, Professor Richard Boyd, who provided insightful comments
and support throughout this inquiry.
I would also like to note two professors, David
Morgan and Peter Rutland, who played a significant role in shaping
my intellectual development during my time at Wesleyan. In addition,
my appreciation goes out to Professors Richard Adelstein, Barbara
Craig, Marc Eisner, Giulio Gallorotti, and Peter Kilby, whose
inspiring courses expanded my knowledge of politics, law, economics,
and history, and gave me tools important to the success of this
I would like to thank my fiancee, Allison Rodman,
for providing emotional support throughout my years at Wesleyan
and for insisting that sometimes I take time to have fun, even
when deadlines loom large. I am also grateful to my parents,
who taught me to value the thrill of discovery.
Finally, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to
Randy Kehler, who first steered my interests toward Campaign
Finance Reform many years ago. Little did he suspect then that
he had awoken a lifelong passion.
For all the others who have provided answers,
questions, advice, and encouragement during my four years at
Wesleyan, I thank you all.