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campaign finance, corruption, political participation, elections

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American Politics | Election Law | Law


This Commentary, forthcoming in the California Law Review, is a response to Larry Lessig's Jorde Lecture, forthcoming in the same journal. I suggest that corruption is not the proper conceptual vehicle for thinking about the problems that Lessig wants us to think about. I argue that Lessig’s real concern is that, for the vast majority of citizens, wealth presents a significant barrier to political participation in the funding of campaigns. Lessig ought to discuss the wealth problem directly. I conclude with three reasons why the corruption temptation ought to be resisted.