The amount of money in the American political system has reached unprecedented levels. Increasingly, running for office requires immense personal wealth or support from the very wealthiest, which is a barrier to regular Americans being elected to office or having their interests otherwise represented in Washington. Although money does not guarantee election outcomes, it can have pernicious effects on our democracy. In addition to limiting who can run a viable campaign, money can determine who elected officials listen to, who influences policies, and ultimately who benefits from government action.
Brennan Center research documents the troubling developments in money in politics, from the explosion in outside spending to the increasing reliance on a few wealthy interests. We provide solutions through in-depth policy analysis and advocacy.