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The Inevitable PartyWhy Attempts to Kill the Party System Fail and How they Weaken Democracy$
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Seth Masket

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190220839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190220839.001.0001

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“Somebody’s Gotta Go”

“Somebody’s Gotta Go”

Campaign Finance in Colorado

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The Inevitable Party

Seth E. Masket

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how one state party—Colorado’s Democratic Party—adapted to a reform in the early 2000s designed to starve the parties of money. The larger party network, including a handful of very wealthy liberals who coordinated with party officials and campaign consultants, developed a series of funding organizations that stealthily aided Democratic candidates in swing districts. As a result of their creative adaptation—responding to the external shock of reform more quickly than the Republicans—not only did the party withstand the reform, but it managed to take control of the statehouse in the same year that Republicans won the state’s presidential contest.

Keywords:   Colorado, parties, Gang of Four, Roundtable, Democratic Party, Amendment 27, McCain-Feingold, Blueprint, 527s

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