The Buying of the President January 10, 2008 3:07 PM
About This Project
The Center for Public Integrity’s Buying of the President series made its debut in 1996, with subsequent editions published in 2000 and again in 2004, when the book made The New York Times best-seller list. Like its three predecessors, the 2008 edition will explore the roles that money and special interests play in presidential politics — a behind-the-scenes examination of everything from how the major candidates and their parties raise money to the ins and outs of opposition research and the spoils that go with a term in the Oval Office.
Unlike previous editions, which offered profiles and career-patron tallies for both front-runners and avowed also-rans, The Buying of the President 2008 will be a top-to-bottom examination of how big money influences the presidential election process. It will be published, in hardcover, in the fall of 2008 by Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA). An updated trade paperback edition will follow in the summer of 2009.
This website is a companion to The Buying of the President 2008. Like the book, this site explores the roles that money and special interests play in presidential politics. But unlike the book, which will provide a behind-the-scenes examination of how big money influences the presidential election process, this site is a work in progress — a continually updated window into the 2008 race that’s also richly supplemented with details, insights, and revelations from previous campaigns and, where feasible, those who engineered them.
In addition to details about the 2008 candidates and their political benefactors, for example, the site includes everything from a history of money in presidential politics to in-depth, on-the-record interviews with current and former presidential candidates, consultants and strategists, donors and fundraisers, and academics who have studied the intricacies of the political system. What’s more, the site offers the Center for Public Integrity’s complete body of work on presidential elections, most notably cover-to-cover, full-text-searchable copies of the three previous books in the Buying of the President series.
There are other features, as well, all of which collectively aim to eliminate the mystery of how presidential campaigns are financed. Ultimately, we hope, the insights and revelations offered here will help readers puzzle through an increasingly central question of our democracy: Is the presidential campaign more election or auction?
The Buying of the President 2008 site was launched in 2007 with grants from the Arca Foundation and the Education Foundation of America.
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