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Dollarocracy by Robert McChesney, John Nichols

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THE ARCHITECTS OF DOLLAROCRACY

Lewis Powell, John Roberts, and the Robber Baron Court

Elections are not to turn on the difference in the amounts of money that candidates have to spend. This seems an acceptable purpose and the means chosen a common sense way to achieve it. The Court nevertheless holds that a candidate has a constitutional right to spend unlimited amounts of money, mostly that of other people, in order to be elected. The holding perhaps is not that federal candidates have the constitutional right to purchase their election, but many will so interpret the Court’s conclusion in this case. I cannot join the Court in this respect.

JUSTICE BYRON WHITE, DISSENT FROMTHE SUPREME COURT’S BUCKLEY V. VALEO DECISION, 1976

In 1973, when ...

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