Texas Capitol Rally Against Citizens United
Campaign Finance Reform / Politics

Texas Capitol Rally Against Citizens United

On January 19, 2013, the people of Austin rallied on the South steps of our State’s Capitol to voice our displeasure with the state of our venal campaign finance system since the egregious Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, and supported proposed legislation in our State legislature to overturn Citizens United. My fellow … Continue reading

Buying Political Clout Across State Lines
Campaign Finance Reform / Politics

Buying Political Clout Across State Lines

While researching a list of campaign contributors from Austin, Texas on Fundrace, I stumbled upon one particularly interesting donor: John Ramsey, a 21-year-old college student at Stephen F. Austin University, who recently inherited a large sum of money from his grandfather, making Mr. Ramsey and his two siblings millionaires overnight. Mr. Ramsey and his two … Continue reading

‘Republic, Lost’
Campaign Finance Reform / Politics

‘Republic, Lost’

I recently spent a  weekend reading Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress by Lawrence Lessig. In “Republic, Lost”, Lessig addresses the issue of money’s influence in our political system, particularly Congress. Despite your political affiliation, one thing we all can agree on is a disconnect between the people and Congress. Lessig points to the influence campaign … Continue reading