INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Berkeley High School’s Arts & Humanities Academy Senior Interdisciplinary Project for the fall semester aims to explore a variety of socio-political issues and the multiple narratives around these topics , with particular attention to how these narratives are developed, articulated, and perpetuated through mass media – and why. THE TASK: Working in groups of four, students are responsible…

A Good Guy With A Gun

By Jackson Tobes The NRA states that gun control would not help prevent mass shootings in schools, but putting armed guards within schools, rebuilding the psychiatric program, and arming more citizens with guns in order for them to protect themselves will. The NRA also supports for more criminal charges for those trying to buy guns,…

Billion Dollar Babies: Artist Statement

By Bryan Morris We focused on three different aspects of Campaign Finance. One topic was around Campaign Finance in Congress and how Citizens United has affected it, focusing on power play between corporations and congress people. Another topic focuses on ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council) and how they work around campaign finance regulations, as…

ALEC: Magician with a Revealed Secret

By Barry O’Neal Castillo The U.S. Government creates bills and passes them by voting through Congress. In this process, there are certain checks to assure that only bills that rightfully navigate this Democratic process will become law. Although the system should ideally be fair, many people believe that certain organizations have acquired the power to…

A Government of the people, by the Corporations, for the Profit

By Georgia Steinheimer Campaign finance is the funding of candidates in electoral campaigns at local, state, and national levels. Because of the five to four majority 2010 US Supreme Court landmark decision Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, current campaign finance regulations allow for rampant influence on legislators. So much so in fact, that at…

The 2016 Presidential Race: Why is it So Different?

By Lucy Rosenthal The most readily observable process of political campaigning in the United States of America are the presidential elections. There have always been issues surrounding the use of private money in campaign finance. We fundamentally worry about the quid pro quo circumstances that arise. After 1976, following the Watergate scandal where Nixon used…

Works Cited

Campaign Finance: Works Cited ALEC: Magician with a Revealed Secret “ALEC – The American Legislative Exchange Council – Explained in 5 Minutes.” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 07 Jan. 2016. This is a short but detailed explanation of ALEC, which explains that it is a corporation that gets lobbyists and legislators together to make ‘model’ bills…

Have a Koch and a Smile!

Artist’s Statement Barry O’Neal Castillo, Bryan Morris, Georgia Steinheimer, and Lucy Rosenthal Campaign finance has long been a source of contention in American politics. Since 1907, bills have been proposed and passed to help regulate and monitor the ebbs and flows of campaign finance and the corresponding effects on American elections. In 2010, Citizens United…