Corruption in America

From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff Box to Citizens United

"Teachout’s beautifully written and powerful book exposes a simple but profound error at the core of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. FEC decision. The originalists on the Court forgot their history. This is that history―and eventually it will provide the basis for reversing the Court’s critical error."

By Lawrence Lessig, author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress―and a Plan to Stop It

“Corruption in America” shows that it is possible to establish and maintain governmental institutions that shield us from our worst instincts. This was the goal of Madison and his peers, and it could still be achieved with a better public-election finance system, which could be constitutional under Citizens United if the system did not restrict private donations."

By Max Ehrenfreund, reporter for the Washington Post

"A book that merits the large readership it may get ... Teachout’s narrative spans the history of the United States from its beginnings through Chief Justice John Roberts’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, less than six months ago."

By Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed


Author:

Zephyr Teachout was a senior fellow in New America's Open Markets program. She is an Associate Law Professor, a former gubernatorial and Congressional candidate in New York, and the author of Corruption in America