Jen Heerwig

Jennifer Heerwig — Money and Power in American Politics

The November 6, 2013, Lab seminar was led by Edmond J. Safra Lab fellow, Dr. Jennifer Heerwig. Heerwig is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University where she serves as a faculty advisor for the University's interdisciplinary computational social science initiative. During her fellowship, Heerwig plans to write a book on the evolution of donation strategies among elite individual campaign contributors using an original, longitudinal dataset. Titled...

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McCutcheon v. FEC: Murky Money and the Rise of (More) Mega-Donors?

by Jen Heerwig & Kate Shaw

The Supreme Court will hear arguments today in McCutcheon v. FEC, a case that could seriously undermine the substantive limits on the flow of money into federal elections.  Although Citizens United dramatically changed the campaign finance landscape, its direct impact was limited to independent spending; the case did not touch the scheme that regulates the money individuals give directly to candidates, party committees, and other political committees.  McCutcheon represents the first time the post-Citizens United Court will consider any aspect of the limitations scheme that has governed federal elections for nearly forty years.

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