Zephyr Teachout is an associate law professor at Fordham Law School. She writes about political law, with a focus on corruption: her book Corruption in America (Harvard University Press) is coming out in fall 2014. She is also known for her innovative work as director of online organizing for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, where she led the first technical team developing social media tools for supporters, many of which were used in Obama's 2008 online campaign. As the first national director of the Sunlight Foundation, she led several crowd-sourced investigative journalism projects, including a national campaign to expose the political connections behind earmarks. She was also a fellow at the New America Foundations Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency Initiative, where she worked on developing frameworks to understand the role of monopolistic companies in American political ecosystem.
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Our candidates dont have to be beggars at the feet of oligarchs.
Teachout and Youn discuss the effects of Citizen United.
The Supreme Court's campaign finance rulings have made Congress responsive to rich funders, not the public.
How we get from candidates raising all their money from one-percenters to candidates raising all their money from $50 donations.
Billion dollar companies that don’t pay taxes shouldn’t be able to have such a huge influence how our country is run.
The models suggest significant economies of scale in the production of political power, and therefore greater incentives for larger companies to spend money seeking wealth through changes in laws and regulations instead of innovation and development.
Politics has become dominated by policy priorities that serve certain business interests.
Her argument goes like this: Right now, the American economy is controlled by a fairly small number of mega-corporations. Those with great economic power hold corresponding amounts of political power.