Kelly Patterson is Professor of Political Science and a former chair of the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He is a co-investigator on the 2004 and 2006 CSED projects monitoring soft money and issue advocacy in competitive federal elections. He is the author or co-author of Political Parties and the Maintenance of Liberal Democracy; Electing Congress: New Rules for an Old Game; Dancing without Partners: How Candidates, Parties and Interest Groups Interact in the Presidential Campaign; The Battle for Congress: Iraq, Scandal, and Campaign Finance in the 2006 Election; and Financing the 2004 Election. His research articles have appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Behavior, and other research journals in political science. He is a former Congressional Fellow with the American Political Science Association. His research interests include public opinion and congressional elections.