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The “corruption” at issue here is not bribery or any criminal corruption. It is better described as the system of corruption created by the way we fund campaigns. See http://nhrebellion.org/about.

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The NHRebellion walk was inspired by Granny D — who, at the age of 88, walked from LA to DC with a sign that said “campaign finance reform” on her chest — and Aaron Swartz. The walk began on January 11, 2014, the 1 year anniversary of Aaron’s suicide. It ended on January 24, what would have been Granny D’s 104th birthday.

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The case was Buckley v. Valeo which said the First Amendment says you can restrict speech only to limit “corruption” or the “appearance of corruption.” Contribution limits (saying you can give candidate X only $Y) were upheld, but limits on expenditures were struck down. So (1) a candidate can spend as much of his own money as s/he wants, (2) a campaign can spend as much money as they can raise, and (3) individuals can spend as much money independent of a campaign (“independent expenditures”) as they want.

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The Nixon campaign’s committee (Committee to Re-Elect the President) (yep, that’s right; CREEP) was famous for taking tons of illegal contributions — cash in suitcases — which was eventually uncovered by the Watergate hearings.

There were plenty of examples of alleged payback, but the most colorful was the American Milk Producers who gave $2 million to Nixon, and Nixon reversed a promise to deregulate milk prices, and thus gave the milk industry $100 million in higher prices. The story is told well by NPR:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/11/16/142314581/illegal-during-watergate-unlimited-campaign-contributions-now-fair-game

The new law was the Federal Campaign Act of 1974.

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Scott Gilly
January 23rd, 2014

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