The Supreme Court Justices and the scramble for cash

By Lee Hamilton.

Over many years both inside and outside Congress, I saw very little outright corruption. But frequently I saw money’s disproportionate influence on the decisions of government.
Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government, the accumulation of power in the presidency, and the impact of money on the overall political process. Recently, the Supreme Court’s five-member majority declared that it’s unconstitutional to limit the aggregate amount an individual can give to candidates, political parties, and political action committees.
 
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