This article published in Press Progress is by Andrea Reimer:
Raucous elections, naked self-interest, and controversial policy announcements get the headlines in politics but the reality is that the health of a democracy is rarely decided in the loud moments.
These things are like the storm battering a building. Whether or not the building will remain standing comes down to the quiet, mundane electoral and governance processes that lay the foundations for a robust democracy.
Amongst the most critical of these processes is the question of whose money funds elections in the first place and what rules they are governed by, a process referred to as campaign finance. Campaign finance rules are critical ways of ensuring that ordinary voters have the power in a democracy as opposed to corporations or institutions with the resources to pay for election outcomes.