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Jeanne Cummings

The Pope v. Citizens United

And it just so happens that six justices on the U.S. Supreme Court are Catholic.
Campaigner.

Campaigner.

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Campaign finance reformers have been on a steady losing streak in the courts and Congress. But they may finally have found a champion who can elevate their cause: Pope Francis. "We must achieve a free sort of election campaign, not financed," the Pope told an Argentine magazine in an interview released this week. "Because many interests come into play in financing of an election campaign and then they ask you to pay back. So, the election campaign should be independent from anyone who may finance it."

To drive his point home, the Pontiff added: "Perhaps public financing would allow for me, the citizen, to know that I'm financing each candidate with a given amount of money."