his relationship with Gephardt, who will play a major role in fashioning any campaign finance legislation that comes to the House floor. Through these relationships, Gersh expects the NCEC to have an impact on campaign finance reform.
The NCEC has undergone major changes since its founding. Originally intended to be a funding organization for liberal candidates for the Senate, it has become a staunchly Democratic organization that works closely with Democratic candidates for both the House and the Senate and with Democratic party committees at the federal and state levels. In addition to abandoning its bipartisanship, the PAC has greatly reduced the level of cash it contributes and has become an important provider of campaign services to Democratic congressional candidates. It now works closely with Democratic party committees in formulating party strategy, identifying marginal districts, and helping to turn on the flow of PAC money to candidates involved in close races. In 1992, the NCEC was able to further expand its influence by playing a central role in the redistricting process. Just as ideology and campaign contributions once defined the NCEC, partisanship, pragmatism, and the provision of campaign services are its hallmarks today.