PBS “Need to Know” on Campaign Financing

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The election was more than a week ago, but the debate continues about the extraordinary amount of money spent during the campaign season, an estimated $6 billion.

Of course the huge increase in campaign spending follows the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, that 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy said restrictions on independent spending by corporations and unions to support candidates violated their constitutional guarantees of free speech. In his dissent Justice John Paul Stevens warned then that the ruling threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation.

So has it? Will it? And are there other electoral reforms we should consider? That’s our focus this week.

Panelists include Monica Youn, David Keating, Richard Brookhiser and Scott Murphy.

Read the full show transcript.

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Hear more from our panel of experts: Richard Brookhiser, David Keating, Scott Murphy and Monica Youn.

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Anchor Ray Suarez speaks with a roundtable of experts on how big money and Citizen’s United may have impacted the 2012 election cycle.

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