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Andrew Mayersohn

Andrew Mayersohn is a PhD student in Harvard University's Department of Government, studying activism and participation in politics. Twitter: @andymayers

But do transparency and smarter government have the power to effect major changes?

Andrew Mayersohn
An email inbox full of political campaign emails.

Raising money is still the first and most vital task of a campaign, so the hysteria conveyed by these emails is based on real desperation.

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An old white man wearing a navy jacket and light blue tie sits, with his fingertips touching, in front of a teal backdrop.

Why don’t Democratic efforts in state and local politics stick?

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The cover of the book "Groundbreakers: How Obama's 2.2 Million Volunteers Transformed Campaigning in America" by Elizabeth McKenna and Hahrie Han.

Han and McKenna have written a history of the Obama campaign in which the candidate himself has little more than a cameo.

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A graphic of three blue Twitter-logo-like birds, each chirping "!?," against a light blue background.

Outrage tactics such as the ‘hate retweet’ have value, even if they risk elevating the worst voices.

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A group of protesters with a long sign reading "Money Corrupts" stand in front of a courthouse. The words "Money [unequal sign] Speech" is projected on the buidling.

Rates of participation in politics are still at or near historic lows after decades of skyrocketing campaign spending.

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The "independent" expenditures in the midterm elections are record-breaking 

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A man in a grey collared shirt dumps a bucket of water over his head, while standing in a grassy field.

The interesting thing about the Challenge is that most of the participants do not seem particularly motivated by empathy.

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Investigating money in politics is a little like studying dark matter.

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Sports are an excellent tool for thinking through tricky ethical and political questions.

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A response to Archon Fung and Anthony Fowler.

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Data can give a sense of scale to political debate.

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The most consequential and controversial questions in politics are not amenable to fact-checking.

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Lawrence Lessig walked across New Hampshire to put campaign finance reform back on the national agenda.

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The problem is that it is not anybody else’s responsibility, either.

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