Why Campaign Finance Laws Make Things Worse

Under current constitutional doctrine -- and, really, this has been true since the 1970s, well before Citizens United and other recent court cases -- regulations are generally incapable of preventing big money from ending up wherever it wants to go. 

Yesterday's fascinating New York Times deep dive into partisan money networks, state legislative elections, and the resulting policy outcomes really underlines the sometimes-complex relationship between campaign finance regulations and effective disclosure:

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