If you haven't had the chance yet, you should really check out Lawrence Lessig's new TED talk on the corrupting influence of money in our political system. Titled "We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim", this presentation explores how our democratic process has been distorted by large donors making up 0.05% of the population. Lawrence Lessig is a lawyer and activist who has founded Rootstrikers, an organization working to dismantle the impact of money on congress.
Despite the complexities of the issues around campaign finance and the various reform efforts, Mr. Lessig gives a dynamic, informative and accessible presentation. He explains how any issue that is important to any individual cannot and will not be solved until the role of money in politics is curbed. These issues could range from tax reform to financial reform, from immigration reform to environmental reform. Since returning the decision-making in elections to all Americans is so critical for our democracy, we would highly recommend checking out this 18-minute video!