Big Money in Politics: The Debate About Campaign Finance Reform

Nov 10, 2015

Recent polling shows that many Americans in both political parties agree that it’s a serious problem. But while they are unhappy with the influx of big money donors into elections made possible by the Citizens United ruling, they also seem pessimistic about changing the system. Still, some have made this a top priority, claiming that meaningful campaign finance reform is essential to a healthy democracy.


  • John Pudner - executive director of Take Back Our Republic, a group focusing on conservative solutions to campaign finance
  • Dan Weeks - executive director of Open Democracy, an advocacy group working to get money out of politics


  • Stephen Mistler - Statehouse reporter for the Portland Press Herald
  • Brian Wallstin - NHPR's digital reporter