Michael J. Malbin
Michael J. Malbin is the executive director of the Campaign Finance Institute in Washington DC, which he helped found in 1999, and professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, The State University of New York. Recent co-authored books include The Election after Reform: Money, Politics and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (2006), Life after Reform: When the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act Meets Politics (2003) and Vital Statistics on Congress, which he co-authors with Norman Ornstein and Thomas E. Mann.
During 1997–98, Malbin was a guest scholar at The Brookings Institution, where he finished The Day after Reform: Sobering Campaign Finance Lessons from the American States (co-authored by Thomas L. Gais.) From 1990–1998 he was director of the Center for Legislative and Political Studies at SUNY's Rockefeller Institute, where he was the principal investigator for Presidential-Congressional Relations for a collaborative, multi-university project funded by the National Science Foundation to create a congressional history database. Earlier books include Limiting Legislative Terms (1992), Money and Politics in the United States (1984), Parties, Interest Groups and Campaign Finance Laws (1980), Unelected Representatives: Congressional Staff and the Future of Representative Government (1980), and Religion and Politics: The Intentions of the Authors of the First Amendment (1978).
Before joining the University at Albany's faculty in 1990, Malbin worked for the joint U.S. House and Senate Iran-Contra Committee (1987), the House Republican Conference (1988) and as speech writer to Secretary of Defense Richard B. Cheney (1989–90). He has also been a presidential appointee to the National Humanities Council from 1990–94 and a visiting professor at Yale University (1996). Before government service, he was a resident fellow at The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (1977–86) and a reporter for National Journal (1973–77).
Malbin was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 9, 1943. He has an A.B. from Cornell University in philosophy, began his graduate studies in political science at the University of Chicago (1964–66) and received a Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University (1973). He is married and has three children.
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