for the way in which it operates. In recent years, some scholars have spoken of the need for campaign finance reform or term limitations to restore public confidence in Congress. According to Rennert, one of the most significant aspects of the recent election is that it proved that term limitations are unnecessary. The power of incumbents is easily checked by the will of the electorate. Rennert does believe, however, that campaign finance reform is both necessary and inevitable, but that the reform package should emphasize total spending limits rather than limits on individual contributions. She points out that although the public may believe PACs are involved in "influence peddling," this suspicion holds no merit for the activities of the AAP-PAC. No one buys votes for the sum of $500 to $1,000, and the PAC is a mechanism by which even a small contributor can be heard.
Although the democratic character of a PAC that does not involve constituents in its decisionmaking could be called into question, Rennert emphasizes that in a PAC structured like the AAP-PAC the publishers have the opportunity to become more involved. The PAC's constituents are kept fully informed of its activities, and although they are not specifically involved in the funding choices, the constituents' preferences, if expressed, are taken into account.