Raymond J. La Raja is an associate professor in political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and founding editor of The Forum, an electronic journal of applied research in contemporary American politics. His research focuses on political parties, interest groups, elections and campaign finance. He is the author of Small Change: Money, Political Parties and Campaign Finance Reform (U. Michigan Press), which explains how campaign finance laws shaped political parties and elections through American history. He has a forthcoming book, Do Campaign Finance Laws Matter? Money and Politics in the American States (U. Michigan Press, 2013), and an edited volume, New Directions in American Politics (Routledge, 2013). He serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Campaign Finance Institute in Washington, DC. He received his B.A. and M.P.P. from Harvard University and his doctorate in political science from UC Berkeley.