Category Archives: Overton, Spencer

Spencer Overton (George Washington University Law School)

Political Law

 Spencer Overton, Political Law, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1783 (2013). Abstract:  Traditional “election law” or “the law of democracy” concentrated largely on constitutional analysis by judicial actors. That narrow focus, however, distorted scholars’ understanding of the problems confronting democracy and … Continue reading

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Voting Rights Disclosure

Spencer Overton, Voting Rights Disclosure, 127 Harv. L. Rev. F. 19 (2013). Abstract:  In “Beyond the Discrimination Model On Voting,” 127 Harvard Law Review 95 (2013), Professor Samuel Issacharoff proposes that Congress turn away from what he considers the outdated and … Continue reading

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The Participation Interest

Spencer Overton, The Participation Interest, 100 Geo. L.J. 1259 (2012). Abstract:  Lack of participation is a primary problem with money in politics. Relatively few people make political contributions — less than one-half of one percent of the population provides the bulk of … Continue reading

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Matching Political Contributions

Spencer Overton, Matching Political Contributions, 96 Minn. L. Rev. 1694 (2012). Abstract:  Traditional public financing of campaigns is in trouble. Successful candidates have increasingly rejected public financing because it provides inadequate funding and limits candidate spending. November 2012 was the first … Continue reading

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Voter Identification

Spencer Overton, Voter Identification, 105 Mich. L. Rev. 631 (2007). Abstract:  In the wake of closely contested elections, calls for laws that require voters to present photo identification as a condition to cast a ballot have become pervasive. Advocates tend to … Continue reading

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Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression

Spencer Overton, Stealing Democracy: The New Politics of Voter Suppression (2006). Book Summary:  Politicians spew shallow words describing a self-governing American people, who select their representatives. In reality, politicians maintain power by selecting voters. Elected officials and bureaucrats control thousands of … Continue reading

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The Donor Class: Campaign Finance, Democracy, and Participation

Spencer Overton, The Donor Class: Campaign Finance, Democracy, and Participation, 153 U. Pa. L. Rev. 73 (2004). Abstract:  This Article uses the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent opinion in McConnell v. FEC to argue that the law should play a central role … Continue reading

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