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Season 12, Episode 36 of 99

The influence of big money in elections has been a point of contention in the US for decades--especially since the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case opened the doors for unlimited corporate donations to political action groups. That money goes--not just to big national races--but local ones as well. But the city of Seattle is trying to combat that influence with a new program called "Democracy Vouchers". Since 2017, during city council elections, all eligible Seattle voters receive taxpayer-funded vouchers that they can use to donate to the council candidates they choose. The program's aim is to reduce the influence of big money in politics and get candidates to engage more directly with their constituents.

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