9 Duke J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol'y [i] (2014)

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            DUKE JOURNAL OF


              & PUBLIC POLICY

VOLUME 9                                                  2014


   The right to elect our political representatives is the touchstone of
the American democratic system. Increasingly, however, people have
begun to question whether that right still carries any meaning-at a
time when ultra-wealthy individuals and corporations can funnel
extraordinary sums to support the candidates most aligned with their
interests. Since the Supreme Court, in Citizens United v. FEC, held
that corporations have a constitutional right to spend without limit in
political elections, we have seen government grow increasingly
responsive to the interests of big business and proportionately deaf to
the concerns of ordinary citizens. The more influence we give to the
one-percent, the further we erode the ability of the majority of
Americans to have a meaningful say in the political process. Despite
the seemingly intractable debate surrounding campaign finance
reform, one thing is certain: Money in politics raises fundamental
questions that go to the very heart of representative democracy. One
way or the other these questions must be answered, and we-together
as citizens-are the only ones who can decide them.
   During this year's annual spring symposium, The Future of
Campaign Finance Reform, the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law
and Public Policy addressed the practical effect of the Court's most
recent campaign finance decisions. Symposium participants offered an
array of perspectives as to how to dissect the issue-from considering
campaign finance as a consequence of America's deep-seated distrust
of monopolies, to reading Citizens United as a break from the Court's
traditional understanding of precedent.
   Since then, participants have continued to fight for an unbiased
election. Zephyr Teachout mounted a challenge against Governor
Andrew Cuomo in New York's Democratic primary to highlight the

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