Posted on 10 Jun
I began teaching U.S. Government and Politics to high school seniors in the fall of 1995. I was naïve to say the least about the corrupting influence of money on the body politic. It all changed with the October 28th, 1996 Newsweek cover story on campaign finance titled “Candidates for Sale”. Shortly after that, I began to seek out organizations that were fighting “the corrupting influence of money”. It wasn’t long before I stumbled across Common Cause and have been using Common Cause as a resource ever since. Common Cause has influenced my teaching and outlook on U.S. Government and Politics in a profound manner over the course of nearly 20 years. I may not reach every student on every topic and I am sure I have “left a few behind”, but I am confident everyone of them understand the corrupting influence of money in politics when they are finished with my course. I owe Common Cause a debt of gratitude.