What if you had as much political influence as a billionaire?

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Media Outlet: CNN

The traditional approach to reducing the influence of economic inequality on democracy has been to limit those fat checks, by capping individual contributions, the total amount one person can give to campaigns, or outside spending intended to influence elections. It is those limits -- enacted into law after Watergate, and after the "soft money" scandals of the late 1990s -- that have been weakened by recent Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United and McCutcheon.


Mark Schmitt is director of the program on Political Reform at New America.