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Election day loser: Big money

Americans across party lines all have at least one thing to celebrate after this election: candidates supported by small donors won a David-and-Goliath battle in a campaign flooded with special interest money.

But it would be a mistake to think that this victory means special interest or secret money will not continue to influence our politics. Campaign contributions are not a one-time gift but rather an investment, with the expected return being high-level access to our politicians.

This year's victory of small donors over big money should be seen as a rejection of a system that equates money with speech and corporations with people. It is nothing less than a mandate for reform.

Laura Muth, Baltimore

The writer is an associate with Maryland PIRG.

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