Turns Out Citizens United Only Changed the Volume
Tod Kelly rightfully points out that last night’s losers were ” the well-off Republicans that paid billions of dollars into Super PACs such as Rove’s American Crossroads. Billions of dollars collected, spent, and it bought them nothing.”
I’ve long thought that the hysteria over Citizens United was unjustified—it makes for a great bogey man when we talk about money and politics, but like the ads those Super PACs buy, it creates more heat than light.
The real problem with campaign finance isn’t money, it’s transparency. I don’t believe that we should clamp down on money spent on electioneering, because money—regardless of how much of it you have—is still a speech issue. But the great leveler is transparency.
Going forward, campaign finance reform advocates need laser-like focus on making transparency the key goal.
Oh, and by the way, I’ve started blogging regularly at the MoJo politics blog at Mother Jones alongside some very talented writers so you can check out more of my political writing there.