Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Policy and Management (PPM)


Public Policy and Management


campaign finance reform, soft money, Muskie School of Public Service


The issue of campaign finance reform presents a complex problem for policy analysis; fortunately an understanding can be developed through statistical analysis of the variables involved in campaign spending. Multivariate statistical analyses are often a crucial element for use by a policy analyst to evaluate the relationship among variables affecting the particular problem being addressed. This study uses multiple regression techniques to look at what effect spending (as well as selected other variables) may have on the outcome of a U.S. House of Representatives election. The following sections include a brief literature review, a summary of the research design, along with any changes required during the implementation of the research project, the results of the regression analysis, and the conclusions of this evaluation.