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“Dark Money” Didn’t Decide the Election

Political Reform

Money is now an independent force, unaccountable to voters, candidates or parties. “I approve this message,” often adorned with “because” and a slogan, has become so familiar that it’s an easy joke, symbolizing the idea that the candidate is accountable for his campaign.

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article | October 16, 2014 | Political Reform
The Future of Campaign Finance

The Future of Campaign Finance

New America

In a Google Hangout this week, New America’s Mark Schmitt and Katherine Mangu-Ward, Managing Editor at Reason, weighed in on tough issues ranging from dark money’s influence on elections to the real impact of Citizens United v F.E.C., and McCutcheon v F.E.C.. Don’t worry if you missed it the first time around: watch the full conversation to find out what these experts have to say about the future of campaign finance.

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policy paper | December 17, 2009 | Political Reform

How Oppressive Can A Nudge Be?

Alan Wolfe Argues that Behavioral Economics is the Real Threat to Liberalism

Mark Schmitt, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and Executive Editor of The American Prospect, offers a response to Alan Wolfe's recent New American Contract Policy Paper critiquing libertarian paternalism.