So what can be done? Retreating from campaign reform would only entrench the court majority's view that managing our democracy is its job, not ours. Instead, concerned citizens should make their voices heard — by supporting advocacy groups and candidates that back meaningful campaign reform, and by demanding that Congress and the states enact reform legislation within the space left open by the court's recent decisions.
The proposed federal Fair Elections Now Act is a good model; that statute would match small private campaign donations with larger amounts of public funds. Other promising federal initiatives include the U.S. Shareholder Protection Act, which would require disclosure and shareholder approval of much corporate political spending, and the DISCLOSE Act, which would close loopholes that allow undisclosed campaign spending by third parties.