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Lessig: The case for publicly financed campaigns

On Wednesday, the full Senate is expected to consider a wide-ranging ethics, public records and government reform package.

Some Republicans oppose a provision in the bill that would expand taxpayer-financed elections, arguing it often forces taxpayers to pay for speech they may not agree with.

But Larry Lessig, co-founder of the group Change Congress, argues public campaign financing will actually give voice to a broader range of candidates while reducing the influence of special interest money at the state and national level.

Lessig was in Raleigh Tuesday as part of the Clean Elections Lobby Day at the General Assembly. For a preview of his radio interview with Chis Fitzsimon,  please click below:

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