Looser Campaign Finance Laws Won't Help Parties

More political money won't fix gridlock. 
More cash won't make things smoother. Photographer: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rick Hasenand Bob Bauer are fighting about the possible effects of a further loosening of the campaign finance regime in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Hasen believes that ending contribution limits might strengthen parties, and thereby strengthen party leaders, and thus alleviate congressional gridlock. Bauer disagrees. But both believe, with Richard Pildes, that parties are (in Hasen's words) "relatively weak" right now.

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