Campaign Finance Red Tape: Strangling Free Speech and Political Debate

by Jeffrey Milyo

Oct 1, 2007

This report examines the effects of the bureaucratic red tape created by disclosure regulations on ordinary citizens through a large-scale experiment with 255 participants. They were asked to complete the actual disclosure forms for California, Colorado or Missouri based on a simple scenario typical of grassroots political activity—one modeled after a real group sued for violating campaign finance disclosure laws.

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