The Latest: Our Democracy
Mo’ Money, Less Democracy: Washington D.C.’s Quest for Fair Elections
• April 16, 2018 12:00 PM
Evan Tucker, William & Mary Election Law Society
“[T]he notion that we have all the democracy that money can buy strays so far from what our democracy is supposed to be.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was clear when queried about Citizens United: large spending in elections by a few eviscerates the essence of democracy. Government in America is “by the People, for the People;” it is not “by the few, for the few.”
Facebook a big contributor to the committees in Congress that will question Mark Zuckerberg
• April 04, 2018 12:00 PM
Herb Jackson, USA Today
Members of the House and Senate committees that will question Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about user privacy protection next week are also some of the biggest recipients of campaign contributions from Facebook employees directly and the political action committee funded by employees.
Don’t let big and dark money ‘drown out the truth and drown out your voice'
• April 03, 2018 12:00 PM
Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Washington Post
Despite the tantalizing prospect of a wave election in November, Democrats face major structural obstacles to winning majorities in Congress. Recently, the potential impact of partisan gerrymandering has received needed attention, but one issue that is flying largely under the radar is the sheer amount of special-interest money that progressive candidates will have working against them.