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Money, Politics, and Corruption

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Hour 1:           Is there any practical way to mitigate the influence of money on American politics? We’ll talk this hour with Lawrence Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and author of the new book “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It” (Twelve, 2011).

  • Jonathan Gal

    The biggest source of money in politics is taxation.    Every year, the federal government forcibly collects $ Trillions of dollars from American citizens and businesses; and it redistributes the money – via the political system – to other Americans.     Campaign finance is a drop in the bucket compared to taxation.     Any effort to remove money from politics must include the reduction of taxation.

    • Climatebites

      Yes, but — unlike campaign contributions — Treasury dollars don’t go directly into the campaign coffers of policymakers.    It’s like saying bribes by the mafia don’t matter, because they are a drop in the bucket compared to total GNP

  • jlglex99

    The biggest source of money in politics is taxation.    Every year, the federal government forcibly collects $ Trillions of dollars from American citizens and businesses; and it redistributes the money – via the political system – to other Americans.     Campaign finance is a drop in the bucket compared to taxation.     Any effort to remove money from politics must include the reduction of taxation.

    • Climatebites

      Yes, but — unlike campaign contributions — Treasury dollars don’t go directly into the campaign coffers of policymakers.    It’s like saying bribes by the mafia don’t matter, because they are a drop in the bucket compared to total GNP

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