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Buying American Elections?


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.

illustration of senators during a senate session - entitled the bosses of the senate by joseph keppler

Posted June 2015

Check out a lesson plan based on this article: Voting Restrictions in a “Democratic” United States