donor class

Last Wednesday a mass shooting in San Bernardino, the 355th this year, prompted a debate about the need for gun control. In an incredibly rare decision, the New York Times ran a front-page editorial calling for gun control. Why, after hundreds of mass shootings, and an epidemic of other forms of...
12/07/2015
Blog
Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton will release the names of her top bundlers, wealthy people who have reached the individual contribution limit and therefore volunteer to collect checks from their rich friends to give to candidates in a “bundle.” Many bundlers bring in millions—in 2008, bundlers who...
07/14/2015
Blog
The last two weeks have further intensified the pernicious effect of the dominance of the donor class on the interests of most Americans. In McCutcheon v. FEC, the Roberts Court continued the trajectory of Citizens United and struck down aggregate contribution limits of $123,200 (already more than...
04/03/2014
Blog
In his column today, Ezra Klein makes a very strange, and untrue, assertion. In talking about campaign finance reform, Klein claims that small donors are as problematic as big money. Klein writes: Just as big money is corrupting, small money is polarizing. And it’s polarization that probably...
05/09/2013
Blog
Demos Policy Analyst Mijin Cha sits down with Northwestern University Professor Benjamin Page to discuss his recent study on the policy preferences and political participation levels of the wealthy in the United States. Read the Demos study Stacked Deck: http://demos.io/stacked-deck Read...
04/12/2013
Video
Cutting Social Security is unpopular, bad policy, and bad economics. But the president’s 2014 budget, released today, acquiesces to conservative demands for entitlement reform by adopting the innocuously titled chained CPI growth measure for Social Security, a proposal that would hurt the already...
04/10/2013
Blog
You know the old saying, “He who pays the piper calls the tune?” Well, today in New York politics, the already-wealthy and powerful are paying to run state campaigns, and once candidates get into office, these donors get to call the tune. While not all of our elected officials are swayed by the...
03/19/2013
News/Resource
If there is one idea that nearly all Americans can agree on, it is that everyone should have a chance to improve themselves and do better in life. At the same time, Americans strongly believe in political equality—the view that civic life should be a level playing field and everyone should have a...
03/05/2013
Data Byte
Despite broad citizen opposition to the idea of lowering taxes on the wealthy, Congress has taken repeated action to lower the capital gains tax rate. It lowered taxes on capital gains in 1997, again in 2001, and once more in 2003. (Congress also sharply cut the top rate on dividend income in 2003...
02/28/2013
Data Byte
Poorer Americans have the least influence over elected officials even though their basic financial security and opportunities for advancement are highly contingent on government policies, such as the quality of public education and availability of college grants, rules on collective bargaining,...
02/28/2013
Data Byte
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