Chapter 1:
An Introduction to Public Financing
Chapter 2:
Factors Affecting the Adoption of Public Financing
Chapter 3:
The Story of Public Financing in the States
Chapter 4:
Conclusions and Predictions Stemming from this Study
Addendum 1:
A Comprehensive Database of State Public Financing Systems
Addendum 2:
Interview Questions Used in the Public Financing Survey



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 project.

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.

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