Big Money Buys Big Influence

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
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1. Hans Noel at Mischiefs of Faction on closed primaries and party choice. I don’t disagree with his point that Democrats are more likely to support Hillary Clinton for the nomination, but I’m not sure her success within the party needs much explanation. It’s consistent with the idea that party voters follow cues from their party -- but then again, even her large advantage over Bernie Sanders among Democrats is still not particularly impressive. On the other hand, I do hope Noel is correct.

2. Rick Hasen at the Los Angeles Times on Clinton, Sanders and how money works in politics. I agree with much of what he says, but I will note that it’s hardly surprising -- nor simply a function of campaign finance rules -- that large interests have influence within the political system. Which is not to say it isn’t a problem, just perhaps not one that can be fixed by campaign finance reform.

3. Jessica Green at the Monkey Cage on the new United Nations treaty for the oceans.

4. Don’t miss my View colleague Francis Wilkinson reporting from coal -- and Donald Trump -- country.

5. Pema Levy on the rule Republicans passed in 2012 that really does matter in 2016. Unless, of course, they abandon it.

6. Greg Sargent at Plum Line on how Sanders is approaching the end game.

7. And at Bloomberg Politics, everything you want to know about Trump suing and getting sued.

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