Campaign Finance Ethics - It's Not an Oxymoron

Ryan Wold, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University


When it comes to campaign finance discussions many people are concerned that democracy is being sold. The media regularly covers stories about spooky anonymous donations, greedy super PACs, and evil millionaires. In this presentation I discuss the real philosophical issues at stake that evoke these strong emotions in people. These real issues include the merging of economic and political inequality, and how campaign finance regulations approach a paradox as they aim to protect free speech by limiting it. I also touch on how perceptions of campaign finance differ dramatically as some view it as certain corruption and others see it as noble civic duty.