Money Isn’t Corrupting American Politics

But Loose Campaign Finance Laws Are Even More Dangerous and Subtle Than We Think, Says Legal Scholar Richard L. Hasen

Money alone can’t win an election—but that doesn’t mean it’s not a huge problem in American politics.

That was the main message of Zócalo’s first event of 2016, a talk by Richard L. Hasen, the Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, and the author of Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections. In front of a full house at Los Angeles’s Grand Central Market, Hasen broke down the nuances and complexities that are often missed in discussions of …

Do We Really Need Campaign Finance Reform?

Some Political Analysts See Corruption in Unrestricted Spending. Others See an Equal Playing Field.

By the time America’s next president is named this November, campaign spending for all the candidates who ran in the election is projected to total about $4.4 billion—on television ads …

Don’t Blame The Candidates—Blame Yourself

Americans Are Finally Getting Political Contenders as Extreme as Our Rhetoric

We may finally be getting the presidential candidates we deserve.

Forget all that talk about the wisdom of voters, and the great American people. We are the problem, with our shrill, …

I’d Like a Politician With Values and a Steakhouse With Outdoor Seating

Yelp Allows Us to Rank Restaurants and Doctors and Spas. Why Not Use it to Rank Elected Officials?

Yelp is a wildly popular web service that allows customers to offer public reviews of the companies and professionals they patronize. Diners rate restaurants, patients rate their doctors, dentists, and …

Money, the Media, and Mexico

Lawrence Lessig on Remixes and Election Corruption, and Andrew Selee on How the Press Depicts Our Southern Neighbor

Harvard Law School’s Lawrence Lessig, author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It and Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, talks …

Campaign Finance Expert Richard L. Hasen

The Law Professor Who Was Nearly a Law School Dropout

Campaign finance expert Richard L. Hasen is author of The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown, writer of the Election Law Blog, and a professor of law …