Margaret Chase Smith commitment to limited campaign spending, 1972

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Senator Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995) thanked Edward I. Bernstein (1923-2000) in the wake of her 1972 Republican primary victory over Robert A. G. Monks (b. 1933). Smith highlighted her commitment to limited campaign spending at a time when money in politics was part of the national conversation.

In response to concerns that large campaign contributions gave corporations, unions, and wealthy individuals too much influence on lawmaking, Congress passed the Federal Election Campaign Act in 1971. It required that candidates for federal office disclose their campaign finances and be subject to limits on fundraising.

Smith’s sentiments to Bernstein set her apart from the trend towards increasingly expensive political campaigning.

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  • Title: Margaret Chase Smith commitment to limited campaign spending, 1972
  • Creator: Margaret Chase Smith
  • Creation Date: 1972-07-12
  • Subject Date: 1972-07-12
  • Locations:
    • Portland, Cumberland County, ME
    • Washington, DC
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 26.5 cm x 20.25 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 2809, Box 2/6
  • Collection: Edward I. Bernstein collection
  • Object Type: Text

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