Public Financing of Campaigns
Curious, I checked the Statistical Abstract of the United States to see what successful presidential candidates had received in public money for their campaigns. In 1980, Carter received $29.4 million and Reagan $29.2 million. Eight years later, Bush 41 and Dukakis each received $46.1 million. In 1992, Bush and Clinton received $55.2 million while Clinton and Dole received $61.8 million in 1996. In the next two presidential races, Gore and Bush 43 received $67.6 million each in 2000 while in 2004 Bush and Kerry each received $74.6 million. This year McCain will get about $81 million while Obama has opted out of public financing.
Back to Congress for a moment, the last time the House of Representatives was in session for more than 300 days was 1981-82, the 97th Congress. And the 98th Congress was the last in which members introduced more than 10,000 bills for consideration.
In 2007, of the 9,227 bills and resolutions introduced, 1.5% became law.