Panel 3: Political Money and Economic Inequality

February 12, 2014

Political money long has warped policymaking and limited policy choices. It appears to also worsen dysfunction, but reform options are rarely seen through this lens. How do big donors and the flood of outside money drive polarization? How does the threat of independent spending affect legislative behavior? Given constitutional curbs, what reforms might make a difference? Have previous changes helped create this dystopian system — and what can we do to avoid those mistakes going forward? What approaches would bring the axis of the political system in line with voter preferences? Recorded at the Brennan Center conference Democratic Dysfunction: Exploring Solutions.



Mark Schmitt, Political Reform Program Director, New America Foundation



Michael J. Malbin, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Campaign Finance Institute

Heather C. McGhee, President-elect, Demos

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Assistant Professor, Stetson University College of Law, Fellow, Brennan Center for Justice