Trump's former personal lawyer broke two laws that control political spending, both passed after major election scandals. President Roosevelt survived his campaign's misdeeds. Nixon did not.
Citizen activists can influence the policy positions of their elected representatives. Their activism might well counter the advantages of the wealthy in America.
As the rest of the world watches the circus that has been the 2016 US presidential campaign, questions about how the elections and candidates are being financed continue to be raised.
Every reform politicians suggest for Australia's political donations regime needs to be motivated solely by the desire to enhance the public interest.
The Clintons have assembled a globally influential humanitarian behemoth. But is it just a colossal liability?
Australia’s political finance system is corrupt – but not because of bribery, or indeed any substantial quid pro quo.