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April 5, 2014

Shribman: Let loose the purse strings

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Nobody can accurately predict how this Supreme Court decision will reconfigure American politics, just as no one thought the post-Watergate laws would create political action committees that would come to dominate the politics that followed. That is why careful commentators never refer to campaign finance “reform” — and why commentaries like this one are dangerous.

Supreme Court decisions are sometimes like rafts on a river. You think they are drifting in one direction — and then ripples and rapids change their course entirely.

North Shore native and Pulitzer Prize winner David M. Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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