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Money and Politics

In a country with more than 300 million people, approximately 1% of “the 1%” contributed over a quarter of all disclosed political campaign contributions in the 2012 election cycle, according to the Sunlight Foundation. How is public policy impacted when such a small percentage of donors dominate our campaign finance system? As concerns about inequalities in political influence and government corruption grow, there are increasing calls to reform our system of campaign finance across the political spectrum. Are these concerns warranted?

To help us understand the complex world of campaign finance and its implications for policy making on the Central Coast host Fred Munroe is joined by William Ostrander, Director with  the Citizens’ Congress and Dr. Michael Latner, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy with Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Cory Black with Public Policy Solutions, Inc.

Central Coast Voices is sponsored by ACTION for Healthy Communities in collaboration with KCBX.