Campaign Finance Reform

Date: 29 Mar 2012 | posted in: governance | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The impact of money on politics has become increasingly pronounced as a 2012 chart by Mother Jones makes clear

States, cities and the federal government have tried in various ways to curb the corrupting influence of money on political elections and political decision making.  But these laws have almost always been overturned by the US Supreme Court, beginning with its famous 1976 decision in Buckley v. Valleo that money is speech and therefore curbs on campaign spending violate the First Amendment.

Nevertheless, states and some cities continue to try to defend the foundation of democracy—one person, one vote–by curbing the power of money on elections.

David Morris
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David Morris is co-founder of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and currently ILSR's distinguished fellow. His five non-fiction books range from an analysis of Chilean development to the future of electric power to the transformation of cities and neighborhoods.  For 14 years he was a regular columnist for the Saint Paul Pioneer Press. His essays on public policy have appeared in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, Washington PostSalonAlternetCommon Dreams, and the Huffington Post.