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Rice University junior Neeraj Salhotra blogs about the negative effect he believes that special interests are having on public policy. He writes that:

"Given that special interests, lobbyists, and money in politics are current realities, politicians have two options -- they can either pass ineffective legislation that does not address the country"s problems, or enact meaningful legislation that reforms campaign finance laws and limits the power of special interests and lobbies. For the U.S. to maintain its exceptionalism, we should all hope and pray that our elected officials chose the latter."