On January 20, while the country was focused on the presidential inauguration, the Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could upend the big money systems that have come to fund the nation’s elections. It’s time for the rest of the country to pay attention.
The case comes from Lawrence Lessig, a law professor at Harvard and founder of the organization EqualCitizens, who spent Inauguration Day on Zoom arguing against super PACs.
A super PAC (political action committee) is a way for big money donors to ignore federal, state, or local political campaign contribution limits. The big donors give money to these slush funds that in turn spend big on elections, but (supposedly) don’t coordinate their spending with politicians. Since 2010, corporations and mega-wealthy donors have used these super PACs to bypass legal limits on contributions to political candidates and dump unlimited amounts of money into politics.
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