Michael J. MalbinCo-founder and Executive Director of the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI), and Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany (SUNY)
Michael J. Malbin, co-founder and the Executive Director of the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI), is also a Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany (SUNY). CFI is the nation’s pre-eminent think tank for objective, non-partisan research on money in politics in federal and state elections. Its recent work has focused on the role of small donors, political parties, and independent spending in federal and state elections. The author of many books and articles in the field, Prof. Malbin’s recent sole-authored or co-authored works include: Small Donors: Incentives, Economies of Scale, and Effects (2013); Independent Spending in State Elections after Citizens United (2014); Political Parties after McCutcheon (2014); Citizen Funding for Elections: What Do We Know, What are the Effects and What are the Options (2015); and Independent Spending in Congressional Primaries (2016). Works in progress include a biennially updated historical database of state campaign finance laws since 1976, and a project comparing the effects of campaign finance laws in a variety of paired states and localities.