Overview of Political Reform

A persistent concern with the U.S. political process involves the massive amounts of money that are spent on political campaigns. The donors to the campaigns constitute less than 1% of voting adults and policy outcomes are often shaped by the views of the donors.

Another concern is the relatively low level of voter turnout in the U.S. compared to other world democracies which suggests a lack of civic engagement by large segments of the American public.

The public has a low opinion of politicians in general. There is a perception that politicians are overpaid even though their compensation is far less than high level corporate officials.