Bradley Smith is an American jurist and legal scholar, currently the Josiah H. Blackmore II/​Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law at Capital University Law School, and was Commissioner, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Federal Election Commission between 2000 and 2005.

Should we worry when money and politics mix? Common wisdom suggests that large campaign contributions can corrupt politicians and disenfranchise regular voters.

However, Prof. Brad Smith argues that the real result of campaign finance regulation has been to turn elections into “a specialized game for an elite group of people who know the ropes and can manipulate them to their advantage.”

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