Episode 873: The Seattle Experiment
It's no secret how elections work: A winning campaign costs a lotof money, so candidates court people who have the money to spend. Say, business interests. Then, when a politician takes office, their powerful donors have more influence than the average citizen. It's not a great system.
So Seattleites decided to tear it all up and try something radical: Fighting big money by flooding elections with even moremoney. The experiment... did not necessarily go as planned.
This episode is a collaboration with Vox's The Impact podcast.
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