The cause of restoring American democracy demands more than just new laws or new norms — we need a new rationale, not only for legal purposes, but also for public understanding of the problem and solutions.
Good politics might be described as the art of cloaking your special interest in the general interest. But when you become the symbol of big money in politics, it is very hard to pull off this sleight of hand.
But Money Matters More Than Ever
Money is now an independent force, unaccountable to voters, candidates or parties. “I approve this message,” often adorned with “because” and a slogan, has become so familiar that it’s an easy joke, symbolizing the idea that the candidate is accountable for his campaign.
In a Google Hangout this week, New America’s Mark Schmitt and Katherine Mangu-Ward, Managing Editor at Reason, weighed in on tough issues ranging from dark money’s influence on elections to the real impact of Citizens United v F.E.C., and McCutcheon v F.E.C.. Don’t worry if you missed it the first time around: watch the full conversation to find out what these experts have to say about the future of campaign finance.
Experts at New America’s Political Reform Program and Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative have been closely following McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Following this morning’s Supreme Court ruling striking down overall limits on political campaign contributions, New America experts shared their thoughts.
Alan Wolfe Argues that Behavioral Economics is the Real Threat to Liberalism
Mark Schmitt, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and Executive Editor of The American Prospect, offers a response to Alan Wolfe's recent New American Contract Policy Paper critiquing libertarian paternalism.