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For two centuries, the Framers’ ideas about political corruption flourished in the courts, even in the absence of clear rules governing voters, civil officers, and elected officials. In the 1970s, the US Supreme Court began to narrow the definition of corruption, and the meaning has since changed dramatically. No case makes that clearer than Citizens United.

In 2010, one of the most consequential court decisions in American political history gave wealthy corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion treated corruption as nothing more than explicit bribery. With unlimited spending transforming American politics for the worse, Citizens United was not just bad law but bad history.

Corruption in America clearly shows that, if the American experiment in self-government is to have a future, then we must revive the traditional meaning of corruption and embrace an old ideal.

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  • “At last someone has written a book that puts a name to what is perhaps the most significant factor shaping American politics today: corruption. In a masterly work of scholarship, Zephyr Teachout…traces the history of American approaches to what was long considered a mortal threat to the republic… [and] calls for a return to the Framers’ preference for across-the-board rules to help prevent corrupt acts before they are perpetrated, rather than relying on punishment after the fact.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “You have probably heard pundits say we are living in an age of ‘legalized bribery;’ Corruption in America is the book that makes their case in careful detail.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Democrats who will be looking for a fresh agenda in 2016 should read Teachout’s book carefully.”

    Washington Post

  • “Jo Anna Perrin narrates this timely, fascinating commentary/history, with its sometimes necessarily legalistic-sounding prose and concepts, with great clarity and a keen sense of purpose. Perrin’s voice reflects the urgency in the author’s persuasive argument.”

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