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Buying American Elections?

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Money and politics. While some think these two should be like oil and water, the simple fact is they’re not. And in the wake of the 2012Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court, Americans have worried over whether money really should equal free speech. Join hosts Leticia Wiggins and Patrick Potyondy as they ask guests Paula Baker, Marc Horger, and Steven Conn about the influence of dollars on the ballot box in U.S. history. At the core of this intriguing discussion is this: do huge bags of money really affect national politics as much as many fear? The answer is more complicated than you might think.

1889 cartoon “The Bosses of the Senate” by Joseph Keppler published in Puck magazine shows the bloated fat-cats of “Coal,” “Standard Oil Trust,” and “Steel Beam Trust” overseeing the work of a Congress that is clearly theirs.

- Posted June 2015