Johnson's thesis is that while interests at stake with small political contributions in the U.S. are different from interests with large contributions, it is still 'interested' money, which should make us concerned about its effects on representation, especially the fact that small contributions may be contributing to more extreme elected officials and thus more party polarization.
Bert Johnson is assistant professor of political science at Middlebury College. He joined the faculty in 2004 and teaches courses in American politics, money in politics, the media as a political institution, and federalism, state, and local politics.
Johnson is a co-author of “America’s New Democracy, 5th Edition." His research interests include intergovernmental relations, state and local politics, interest groups, and campaign finance.