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May 29, 2013 10:17 AM No Available Fix for Politician Paranoia

I highly recommend a post by Ezra Klein about money in politics. He's following up on an earlier item he did about money in the 2012 election cycle being overhyped; today he's taking on criticisms of that one. It's excellent:...

By Jonathan Bernstein

May 10, 2013 11:00 AM Campaign Money Isn't the Root of All Evil

The Brennan Center's Jonathan Backer gets upset with Ezra Klein's recent post in which he concluded that money in the 2012 elections turned out to be rather less of a threat to democracy than many had feared in the post-Citizens...

By Jonathan Bernstein

May 09, 2013 9:30 AM Small Donors May Make Politics Even Worse

Can small money overwhelm big money? Faced with a hostile Supreme Court and a gridlocked Congress offering little chance of passing legislation, today’s campaign-finance reformers sure hope so. The notion is alluring. Online fundraising has made it easy to collect...

By Ezra Klein

December 26, 2012 8:08 AM Money and the 2012 Elections

Thomas Ferguson, Paul Jorgensen, and Jie Chen write: Only hours after polls closed on Election Day, a revisionist wave began building that downplayed the role of big money. Analysts asked if the costly Republican failure to retake the White House...

By Andrew Gelman

November 28, 2012 9:44 AM Time to Stop A Spuddering Analogy: The Difference Between Campaign Finance and Potato Chips

If you open this week’s Economist, you will find what is becoming a familiar line about spending on US elections: The election cycle that has just limped to its exhausted conclusion cost around $6 billion—a new record, as in every...

By Joshua Tucker