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Quote of the Day: 'the Real Players' in Politics

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 3 2011

There was a sense that the rules on the books applied only to the naive and that the real ‘players’ worked with a different system.

— Bob Biersack, a pioneer in electronic record-keeping for campaign finance and friend to many a frustrated journalist trying to make sense of money in politics, describing the state of play in U.S. politics in the 1980s — at the advent of "soft money." Biersack left the Federal Election Commission last week after first joining it in 1981; his quote could be just as true of today, as candidates for president run full-tilt at November 2012 in the first post-Citizens United presidential campaign. At Roll Call, Ambreen Ali has the exit interview.