"A very readable book containing the best arguments thus far
opposing campaign finance reform."
"Martin Redish's accomplishment is that he not only has written
a strong critique of te proposals to extend governmental regulation
of free speech, but he has also given First Amendment defenders a
base from which to attack existing restrictions on communication.
Money Talks illustrates and upholds why the Founders prohibited
Congress from making any law thta abridges the freedom of
Many have argued that soft money and special interests are
destroying the American electoral system. And yet the clarion call
for campaign finance reform only touches on the more general belief
that money and economic power have a disastrous impact on both free
expression and American democracy. The nation's primary sources of
communication, the argument goes, are increasingly controlled by
vast corporate empires whose primary, or even exclusive motive is
the maximization of profit. And these conglomerates should simply
not be granted the same constitutional protection as, say, an
And yet neither the expenditure of money for expressive purposes
nor an underlying motive of profit maximization detracts from the
values fostered by such activity, claims Martin H. Redish. In fact,
given the modern economic realities that dictate that effective
expression virtually requires the expenditure of capital, any
restriction of such capital for expressive purposes will
necessarily reduce the sum total of available expression. Further,
Redish here illustrates, the underlying motive of those who wish to
restrict corporate expression is disagreement with thenature of the
views they express.
Confronting head-on one of the sacred cows of American reformist
politics, Martin H. Redish here once again lives up to his
reputation as one of America's most original and counterintuitive
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