Money in politics: the BFF project


Another great one from Cathy O’Neil

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This is a guest post by Peter Darche, an engineer at DataKind and recent graduate of NYU’s ITP program.  At ITP he focused primarily on using personal data to improve personal social and environmental impact.  Prior to graduate school he taught in NYC public schools with Teach for America and Uncommon Schools.

We all ‘know’ that money influences the way congressmen and women legislate; at least we certainly believe it does.  According to poll conducted by law professor Larry Lessig for his book Republic Lost, 75% of respondents (Republican and Democrat) said that ‘money buys results in Congress.’

And we have good reason to believe so. With astronomical sums of campaign money flowing into the system and costly, public-welfare reducing legislation coming out, it’s the obvious explanation.

But what does that explanation really tell us? Yes, a congresswoman’s receiving millions dollars from an industry then voting with that…

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