Members of Congress have been investigated, prosecuted and sent to prison this year for converting special interest contributions into public policy. Nevertheless, there's more money in this year's mid-term election campaigns – perhaps as high as $3.1 billion -- than there was in the presidential races two years ago. New records are being set at the state level, too. Where does the money come from, where does it go, and what's the return on investment? Corporate America contributes to both parties, but it's difficult to establish a quid pro quo even when votes go their way. Can the corrupting influence of money be stamped out, or is it the cost of democracy, American style?
Leo Kivijarv, Vice President of Research for PQ Media
Ed Bender, Executive Director of the National Institute on Money in State Politics
Massie Ritsch, Communications Director, Center for Responsive Politics
Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch (@TomFitton)
Jeffrey Birnbaum, National Correspondent and columnist for the Washington Post