The Watergate campaign finance scandals led to a landmark law designed to limit the influence of money in politics. Forty years later, some say the scandal isn’t what’s illegal, it’s what’s legal.

Campaign Finance from Watergate, to Soft Money and Citizens United

Watergate might be best known as the burglary that led to the downfall of a president. But it also exposed a network of secret fundraising and illegal campaign donations. A landmark law passed in the wake of the scandal cleaned up some of the worst abuses and imposed strict limits on how much could be given. But in the decades since, wealthy donors, corporations, and unions have always found a way for their money to back their candidate.

The Cost of Campaigns by Clyde Haberman

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