Modern political campaigns in the United States are prohibitively expensive and, especially after Citizens United, much of the fighting is done in the dark. A recent Senate hearing highlighted one of the solutions to the problem of money in politics — public campaign financing.
As a New Yorker, I’m used to perpetual sticker shock, but we can't have a democracy that's priced like Madison Square Garden, where even the lowest priced ticket is out of reach for the average New Yorker. We need new campaign finance laws in our fair state.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued an order that can only be described as irresponsible. About two months from the primary election and five months from the general, the Court blocked the state of Arizona from providing its publicly-funded candidates with so-called trigger funds – additional public grants triggered by the high spending of nonparticipating opponents or hostile third parties.
The American Constitution Society asked Brennan Center Counsel Monica Youn to provide them with an issue brief explaining the political impact of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The brief explores potential responses that "would buttress existing campaign finance safeguards from further attacks and mitigate some of the harmful effects of [the decision]."