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How do we get money out of politics?

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On this edition of Your Call, we talk about getting money out of politics.

More than $5 billion – a record – was spent on the 2018 midterm elections. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, super PAC spending more than doubled from the previous midterm cycle. Groups that don’t disclose their donors and shell corporations gave more than $176 million to super PACs and outside spending hybrid PACs. Over the years, several studies have shown that because of money in politics, the wealthy few move policies, while average citizens have little power. What will it take to reform the system and pass real campaign finance reform?


Trent Lange, executive director of the California Clean Money Campaign

Anna Massoglia, researcher with the Center for Responsive Politics 


Web Resources:

NPR: House Democrats Introduce Anti-Corruption Bill As Symbolic 1st Act

California Clean Money Campaign: The Solution

Demos: Public Funding For Electoral Campaigns


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.