“Hillary Clinton’s Bad Campaign Finance Ideas; She’s right that money in politics is a problem. But suggesting a constitutional amendment is foolish.”

I have written this piece for Slate.  It begins:

People are deservedly angry about the unprecedented flow of money into our elections. On Wednesday a postal worker literally risked his life to land a gyrocopter near the U.S. Capitol to protest the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. The group 99Rise keeps risking jail time by sneaking into the Supreme Court and surreptitiously filming protesters’ outbursts in open court against decisions that have construed the First Amendment to prohibit most limits on money in politics.

So it is understandable that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is trying to harness some of that progressive energy by announcing that campaign finance reform is one of the “four big fights” that her campaign will emphasize. But Clinton’s early call for a constitutional amendment to fix campaign finance problems is counterproductive and will only make things worse

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