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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
Money in Politics To help our members and others understand the legal and political underpinnings of the rise of independent political actors a reading list has been compiled. The list represents differing points of view and different aspects of the general topic so that the reader is exposed to a broad range of viewpoints. The material is intended to be educational in nature and does not represent the viewpoints of the League of Women Voters.


La Raja, Raymond J. 2008. Small Change: Money, Political Parties, and Campaign Finance Reform. Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan Press.

Lessig, Lawrence. 2011. Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress + and a Plan to Stop It. New York. Twelve Hatchette Book Group.

Magleby, David B., Editor. 2014. Financing the 2012 Election. Washington, D.C. The Brookings Institution.

Powell, Lynda W. 2012. The Influence of Campaign Contributions in State Legislatures: The Effects of Institutions and Politics. Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan Press.

Samples, John. 2006. The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform. Chicago and London. The University of Chicago Press.

Tokaji, Daniel P. & Strause, Renata E. B. 2014. The New Soft Money: Outside Spending in Congressional Elections. The Ohio State University Moritz School of Law.

Vogel, Kenneth P. 2014. Big Money. New York. Public Affairs Perseus Book Group.

Chapters in Books:

Levy, Robert A. & Mellor, William H. 2008. "Campaign Finance Reform and Free Speech." Ch. 5 in The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom. New York. Penguin Group, pp. 89-106.

Stevens, John Paul. 2014. "Campaign Finance." Ch. 3 in Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. New York. Little, Brown, pp. 57-79.

Other Sources

American Civil Liberties Union. 2012. "Taking Back Our Democracy: Responding to Citizens United and the Rise of Super PACs." Testimony submitted to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, July 24. Available at: