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Adam Skaggs

Entries by Adam Skaggs

Undoing the Damage of Citizens United

(8) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 5:25 PM

Next month marks the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in. But the burglary was the tip of the iceberg: the bigger scandal involved President Nixon's 1972 re-election campaign brazenly peddling government favors for millions of dollars of political donations.

In Watergate's aftermath and the decades since, Congress strengthened our...

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A Democracy of Voters, Not Dollars

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2011 | 6:32 PM

Last week, a campaign finance watchdog group blasted Rep. Mike Simpson, chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, for using his position to dole out major favors to big money campaign backers. Simpson's subcommittee rewarded agribusiness backers -- who have given his campaigns at least $643,000...

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The People's Business

(17) Comments | Posted June 16, 2011 | 2:19 PM

Secret spending in elections is toxic. The Obama administration's draft executive order to increase transparency in political spending is a big step in the right direction. It is time for the president to sign it.

Since the order leaked last month, the anti-reform movement has swung into attack...

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