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The People Versus the Powers; or, On Money and Speech: The Continuing Saga of Campaign Finance Reform

Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Vol. 98, No. 1 (2015), pp. 17-37
DOI: 10.5325/soundings.98.1.0017
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The People Versus the Powers; or, On Money and Speech
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Two of the most significant threats to democratic governance at the national level are, first, the gerrymandering of congressional districts, which has tempted primary candidates in increasingly “safe” districts to present themselves as extremists unwilling to compromise, and, second, the Supreme Court decisions (Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC) that have effectively opened the electoral process to virtually unlimited campaign contributions from increasingly anonymous, and therefore unaccountable, donors and behind-the-scenes political actors. This article examines the particulars of the recent McCutcheon decision and uses a recent book by retired U.S. Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens to explore the possibility of constitutional reform aimed against these developments.

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