Publisher description for Plutocrats united : campaign money, the Supreme Court, and the distortion of American elections / Richard L. Hasen.

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From a leading expert on election law, a compelling answer to the dilemmas of campaign finance reform

Campaign financing is one of today's most divisive political issues. The left asserts that the electoral process is rife with corruption. The right protests that the real aim of campaign limits is to suppress political activity and protect incumbents. Meanwhile, money flows freely on both sides. In Plutocrats United, Richard Hasen argues that both left and right avoid the key issue of the new Citizens United era: balancing political inequality with free speech.
The Supreme Court has long held that corruption and its appearance are the only reasons to constitutionally restrict campaign funds. Progressives often agree but have a much broader view of corruption. Hasen argues for a new focus and way forward: if the government is to ensure robust political debate, the Supreme Court should allow limits on money in politics to prevent those with great economic power from distorting the political process._

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Campaign funds -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Political campaigns -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Campaign management -- United States.
Political corruption -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-
Campaign funds -- Law and legislation. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00844852
Campaign management. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst00844867
Political campaigns -- Law and legislation. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01069216
Political corruption. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01069240
Politics and government. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01919741
United States. -- fast -- (OCoLC)fst01204155