By Barton Swaim | The Nerve
There’s a line making its way around the internet — a kind of online cliché at this point — that nonetheless captures an important truth about politics. It goes something like this: “Want to get money out of politics? Get politics out of money.”
The idea that we should get money out of politics is, of course, and old one, dating at least as far back as President Theodore Roosevelt’s efforts to prevent the practice of buying elections. In its modern form, the idea is usually termed campaign finance reform. Campaign finance laws cap the amounts electoral candidates may accept for their campaigns; regulate the gifts candidates receive; and regulate what kinds of groups may spend money to influence elections.
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