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Master's Professional Reports Abstract



Why not Try Free Television Time for Candidates?: An Idea that has Come and Gone and Come and Gone Again

This report explores the option of providing free television advertising to candidates for federal elective office as a means of reducing the cost and increasing the substance of campaigns. First, the role of television in United States elections is examined. Second, the policies of other industrialized democracies that provide or are contemplating providing free television time to candidates are explored. Third, the constitutional ramifications of providing free television time to candidates are explored. Fourth, current proposals for providing free time are outlined and their political progress is tracked. Finally, this report makes recommendations as to whether and how free television time should be made available in the United States.

--Author's foreword.