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Summing Up Election 2014, and Examining Campaign Finance


We look at regional results from the 2014 election. Then we discuss campaign finance, the impact of Super Pac money and what it might mean for the future of our political system and democracy.

We hear a portion of a This American Life program: "Take the Money and Run for Office". Click here for a link to the entire program. Next, An interview with Timothy Kuhner, associate professor of law at Georgia State University, and the author of Capitalism versus Democracy, Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution. According to data from the Federal Elections Commission, in the latest national elections it cost approximately one billion dollars to become president, ten million dollars to become a senator, and one million dollars to become a member of the House of Representatives.  What does it this mean for the future of our political system and democracy?


Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.