NEWS BLOG: What I’m reading – Campaign finance from TR to Citizens United


The idea that the wealthy buy elections is nothing new. It’s been an issue since America’s earliest contests.

But that doesn’t make it right.

So it was with great interest that I read a recent Mother Jones article, “Follow the Dark Money,” that analyzes the history of campaign finance reform. It pays particular attention to influence peddling, anonymous spending, and the rise of independent SuperPAC’s.

Campaign finance is an important subject that voters really ought to pay attention to. Money in elections is all about influence. An accompanying piece in the magazine, written by Mother Jones’ co-editors, sums up the issue up in one sentence:

“In other words, no matter what you care about—climate change, abortion, taxes, net neutrality—it all comes back to who pays for our elections.”



  1. There’s more to it than that. The incumbant has a huge advantage and some abuse this privaldge by using government property and time that rightfully should be devoted to their employer–the taxpayer.

    Additionally, what about kind of a reverse abuse. Promising that in return for helping the politition get elected, said politition will then shower the voter with cash, food, housing, etc, all paid for by someone else.

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