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Can Money Buy Elections?

John Samples joins us on the show for a discussion on the relationship between money and political speech.

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John Samples joins Aaron and Trevor in looking at the relationship between money and political speech. Campaign finance is a perennial issue, but much of the argument about it rests on often unexamined assumptions. Is money speech? If it is, can we still restrict its role in politics? If it isn’t, what’s its relation to political speech? What does it mean to say elections can be corrupted by too much speech?

Samples is director of Cato’s Center for Representative Government, and author of “The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform.”