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The Cost of Campaigns

The Watergate campaign finance scandals led to a landmark law designed to limit the influence of money in politics. Forty years later, some say the scandal isn’t what’s illegal, it’s what’s legal. VIA The New York Times

Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labora and visiting professor at the UC, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy, talks about the inequality of income, wealth and opportunity in the United States and asks his audience to speculate on what will happen if these trends continue.

Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic We Must Reclaim

There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That’s the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a rallying bipartisan cry that will resonate with many in the U.S. and beyond.

TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more.

Featuring guest speakers:
Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig
Washington D.C. Attorney Trevor Potter
Pulitzer Prize winning author Hedrick Smith

Citizens Congress Director William Ostrander

San Luis Obispo Tribune

A featured column written by Director William Ostrander.

Director Bill Ostrander

On the first national gathering of legislators, scholars, and public advocacy groups combating the corruptive influence of money in our political system.
Money is Speech: A Musical History of Campaign Finance


Welcome to our new national website and portal! Citizens Congress has been working hard to create this space as a platform for campaign finance reform information and news. Americans overwhelmingly believe it is important to reduce the influence of money in politics—more than 90 percent, according to a recent poll by the Global Strategy Group. However few politicians actually run on the issue or are even vocal about their stance.We have created a state by state map where you can learn more about initiatives and events in your locale. Our groundbreaking data makes it easy for you to quickly learn  who is running in the upcoming midterms and where they stand on campaign finance reform. We invite you to join the CITIZENS congress and participate in discussions on this blog and through social media. If you have ideas or content, we hope you will share them with us!

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