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How SCOTUS Campaign Finance Rulings 'Distorted' US Democracy

Common Dreams

Published by public policy organization Demos, Court Cash: 2016 Election Money Resulting Directly from Supreme Court Rulings quantifies for the first time the direct impact of the Supreme Court's four most significant money-in-politics cases, using the highly competitive presidential race, as well as the 22 congressional races won by 5 percentage points or fewer, as the study's focal point. [...]

Lead author Adam Lioz, counsel with Demos' Policy and Outreach, wrote Tuesday that the study "demonstrates the profound impact of four decades of flawed Supreme Court rulings on the role of money in American politics."

"By striking basic protections against big money dominating our elections," he continued, "the Supreme Court has shifted the balance of power towards the wealthy and special interests and away from ordinary Americans." [...]