Despite all the divisions and distortions that dominated the 2012 election season, many Americans from across the political spectrum were able to see eye-to-eye on one thing: that the huge amount of money being spent by candidates for public office is undermining democracy. It’s a problem that can only be solved if approached with the seriousness and urgency it deserves.

Many people experience a deep level of despair after they’ve been through a campaign in which moneyed interests have played such a large role in both parties, supplying hundreds of millions of dollars to each side to ensure their future influence over the policies that both parties will pursue. That despair reinforces the powerlessness that many experience in our work lives and that then plays a role in limiting the fulfillment we get even in our personal lives, where we too often encounter people...

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