“The other problem with these grants is that there’s no real metric attached to them. The Brennan Center recently published an excellent overview of this problem, with some smart proposals for reform.”
The rise of powerful independent organizations has weakened political parties, leading to circumvention of campaign finance regulation and fewer points of entry into the political process by the party faithful.
A chunk of the electorate remains willing to swap constitutional rights and privacy for protection against terrorism. The only chance to break this pattern is if the 2016 elections offer a definitive political verdict on restoring the privacy of electronic communications.
“In a recent report, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law calls this a "bet on success ... instead of using the typical model of privatization, in which private prisons generally bet on failure (i.e. the more prisoners, the better)."
We lack participatory institutions that enable average Americans to engage in politics and governance, and a conception of the First Amendment broad enough to encourage and protect such collective efforts.
By placing the activities of voting and contributing in a common matrix of participation, the McCutcheon Court has demoted the right to vote from its usual position as the most fundamental democratic right.