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Elections, Pressure Groups, Unit 3

“The Best Democracy Money can buy”

Mark Twain’s description of the American system remains as pertinent today as it was when he uttered in the nineteenth century. This piece in today’s Guardian is absolutely packed with interesting figures about campaign finance, the role of SCOTUS in regulating campaign finance and the contribution of Pressure Groups to campaigns. All in all it is the perfect piece for anyone looking at the elections or pressure group topics of Unit 3.


Perhaps the most interesting is its analysis of the impact of the Citizens United decision. Gary Younge describes this in his usuaul inimitable style:
“Money in American politics was already an elephant in the room. Now the supreme court has given it a laxative, taken away the shovel, and asked us to ignore both the sight and the stench.”

During his analysis he includes a link to Timothy Egan in the NY Times- I suggest you have a look at this too for more detail on the issue.



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