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Campaign Finance Reform: Is Grassroots Democracy The Solution?

Distribution of contributions made to President Barack Obama in election cycle 2012 (through October 17). He totaled over $482 million individual contributions. (Federal Election Commission)

Distribution of contributions made to President Barack Obama in election cycle 2012 (through October 17). He totaled over $482 million in individual contributions. (Federal Election Commission)

We’ve just experienced the most expensive election in U.S. history.

Rep. John Sarbanes, left, and Lawrence Lessig at WBUR (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Rep. John Sarbanes, left, and Lawrence Lessig at WBUR (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Rep. John Sarbanes and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig say that, regardless of the outcomes of election night, all that money in politics is bad for the country.

They join us to talk about a new campaign finance proposal — and if it’s even possible to get the money genie back in the bottle.

Sarbanes will give a public lecture, “Building A Grassroots Democracy,” Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Harvard Law School.

Both Lessig and Sarbanes will be part of a panel discussion, “Grassroots Democracy: How would it work?” Friday at noon at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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