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Governing or fundraising: What's the duty of elected officials?

Jul 26, 2016

As you watch the political conventions and decide which candidates will get your vote, here's something you'll want to think about: Who helped to pay for all of that campaigning? And what happens when that newly elected or re-elected member of Congress gets back to Washington?

According to the group Issue One, members of Congress spend more than half of their time raising money, not governing.

And in 2010, just .26% of the population accounted for over two-thirds of contributions to congressional campaigns.

How can we fix America's campaign finance system?

Former congressman Joe Schwarz joined us today. Schwarz is now a lecturer in public policy at the Ford School at the University of Michigan and a member of Issue One's ReFormers Caucus.

Their mission: to reduce the influence of money in politics.

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Joe Schwarz is a member of Issue One's ReFormers Caucus. He's also a physician, former congressman and former member of the Michigan Senate.

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