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As was mentioned by Fred Wilson, Principal of Union Square Venture, Professor Larry Lessig submitted a brief to the United States Supreme Court in response to a case on limiting large political contributions. For the first time, the brief included a Tumblr with 325 citations from the Framers.

As the Tumblr clearly illustrates, the Framers had a broad understanding of corruption. And, debates about the subject of corruption or political contributions did not end with the Framers. In the last thirty years we find many statements on campaign reform from Congressional Hearings. We found these examples in ProQuest Congressional.

During the summer of 1982, Robert C. Heckman, Chairman, Fund for a Conservative Majority, cites James Madison to argue against campaign finance regulation.

Jumping ahead to the spring of 2000, James Bopp, Jr., General Counsel, James Madison Center for Free Speech, testifies against greater regulation by quoting James Madison.

On the other side of the aisle we find call for greater regulation to prevent corruption and reform campaign finance. In 1996, Archibald Cox, Professor, Harvard Law School cites Buckley v. Valero, which upheld contribution limits.

In 1987, Franklin Greer, Democratic Media Consultant testifies on the high cost of running for office and how it shifts a candidate’s focus from the issues to raising money.

Find more Congressional Hearings with insights on campaign finance reform and related issues in ProQuest Congressional.

30 Sep 2013 | Posted by Shannon Janeczek

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