Beyond Sticker Shock: What's Really Changed in Money in Politics in 2012?

A research agenda for journalists, activists, and reformers

Author: Mark Schmitt

Published: October 2, 2012

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This paper highlights the biggest issues regarding how money really works in our political system, what its effects are, and how that's changing in the post-Citizens United era aside from the soaring top-line numbers.

Key Questions:

  • Has money affected competition?
  • Does money affect polarization?
  • Do broadcast ads matter as much as they used to?
  • Have corporations changed their behavior?
  • Are there downsides to SuperPACs and other outside-money vehicles?
  • Do small donors still matter?
  • Can small-donor reforms withstand outside money?
  • Is reform finished as a bipartisan project?
  • Does the public care? 

Beyond Sticker Shock: What's Really Changed in Money in Politics in 2012?

 

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