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Shifting Gears: State Party Strategies Post-BCRA

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Abstract:

An in-depth look at how state--evel party committees in 13 states raised and spent money in 2004 shows that many worked with far fewer dollars than they had in the past, after federal campaign reforms cut off the flow of soft money from their national counterparts. Lower budgets led to changes in spending patterns, as well. Many committees cut their advertising budgets or reduced their giving to candidates. This report examines party finances in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.