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Big Money Drowns Out Citizen Speech

End legalized bribery.

End legalized bribery.

By Georgia Platts, John Fioretta and Derek Cressman

Money talks, and big money in politics is drowning out the speech of ordinary citizens.

When wealthy interests give large campaign contributions they let politicians know what they want. And they usually get it.

It may not be formal bribery but it sure looks like it.

Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page are political scientists from Princeton and Northwestern University who in 2014 compared the preferences of ordinary voters and economic elites with 1,779 actual policy outcomes.  Read the rest of this entry

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