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A Watergate Lesson: Secret Money Means Payoffs, Bribes and Extortion

Barry Sussman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barry Sussman

The newest wave of massive, secret campaign financing is being likened to the illegal corporate campaign contributions of the Watergate era. The comparison is apt, but the problem actually seems much worse today.

Wall Street Hopes to Use Republicans to Re-Purchase Congress

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The same people whose recklessness caused so many everyday working class families to lose their jobs are now stoking the anger caused by their own actions and directing it toward Democrats who have brought them to account.

Big Insurance, Pharma, Wall Street and John Boehner

Richard Trumka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Trumka

The man Wall Street wants to make speaker of the House supports raising the retirement age for Social Security. This is just one of the extreme positions John Boehner holds.

Fundrace: Powering Campaign Transparency

John Aristotle Phillips | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Aristotle Phillips

While celebrities are known to contribute big bucks in political support, what about your neighbors or your boss? Starting today, Huffington Post visitors have access to this information in just a few clicks.

GM Has No Business Using Our Money on Campaign Contributions

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

We taxpayers are paying some people (GM executives) to tell us how we should vote for another group of people (House and Senate candidates) who will decide how our taxes will be used in the future. What's wrong with this picture?

Politicians Ignoring Poor Americans

Washington Post | Michael A. Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The reluctance of political leaders on both sides of the aisle to directly confront the fact that growing numbers of Americans are slipping into pover...

A Nation of Rent-Seekers?

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Kolb

The congressional midterm elections are less than 100 days away, and our political elites are debating whether we need more government intervention in the economy or less government and less regulated market activity.

It's Not Just Rangel -- It's the Whole System

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

Members of Congress spend their days regulating the industries they take cash from at night. Rep. Rangel may be the one in the spotlight today, but it's the whole system that's guilty.

Corporate Control of Our Democracy: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Radhika Balakrishnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Radhika Balakrishnan

This January the U.S. Supreme Court issued a shattering ruling that will intensify corporate influence in our democracy to an unprecedented degree. In...

Weekly Mulch: Slick of Oil Industry Cash Gummed up Regulatory Works

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is worse than anyone thought, and the crisis will lik...

Democratic Campaign Committees Losing Big Wall Street Donors

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

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Arthur Delaney

Bill To Ban Members Of Congress From Becoming Lobbyists Wins Cosponsor In Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A long-shot proposal to ban former members of Congress from K Street for life won a cosponsor on Monday in Montana Democrat Sen. Jon Tester. "From an...

BP's Oily Political Connections, From the Bush to Obama Era

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

BP contributed $1.1 million to candidates in the 2000 election, most of which went to Republicans. Yet beneath the rhetoric and Obama does not emerge as any less oily than the GOP.

Goldman Sachs Fraud Case Is a Distraction From the Real Issue of Substantial Financial Reform

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Paul

The SEC charges against Goldman may or may not stick, but it should be clear to all that the system has gone badly awry and needs massive reform.

Cleaning up Our Politics as We Clean up the Gulf

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

The tough questions deservedly piled on BP's CEO at today's hearing will ring hollow if committee members don't also ask this tough question of themselves: Whose interests are they serving? The public's or Big Oil's?

Justice John Paul Stevens: Corporate Persons Everywhere Salute You!

Murray Hill Inc. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Hill Inc.

As the first corporation to run for federal office, Murray Hill Inc. took up the challenge as outlined by Justice Stevens and filed a voter registration with the Maryland Board of Elections.

Hedge Funds Finance Campaigns

politico.com | Manu Raju | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

According to a review of Federal Election Commission records, the nation's 10 richest hedge fund managers have dumped nearly $1 million into campaign ...

Jason Linkins

Media vs. Money: What Is The Biggest Problem In Politics?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Andy Barr at Politico makes note of a Rasmussen poll that asked whether "media bias" or "the money that flows into campaigns" is a "bigger problem in ...

One Year Later, Fair Elections Matter Now More Than Ever

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

With our nation facing critical problems -- an economy still in distress, an uncertain energy future, and an unregulated Wall Street -- we should not wait one minute longer to end the debilitating campaign money chase.

Myths and Realities

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

There is a persistent and pernicious myth that maintains that "Jewish money" is the determinant factor shaping all aspects of U.S. Middle East policy. And with Netanyahu's upcoming visit to the U.S., that myth is now front and center.

Paul Ryan: The GOP's Smooth Talker on Health Care

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

If you don't like the ingredients listed on the cereal box, you can buy something else. With private health insurance, you and your medical record essentially lock you into the company that provides your policy.

The DC Investment

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Let's thank the Washington Post and reporters T.W. Farnam and Carol Leonnig for an comment that speaks volumes about a political system in the United ...

BP and Wall Street Join Forces on Derivatives

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nick Nyhart

After years of fighting off oil industry regulations that might have prevented the disaster in the gulf coast, now BP is fighting off financial industry regulations that might have prevented the economic collapse we're all still suffering through.

Petition to Kill California's Anti-Pollution Legislation Is Off to a Rocky, Slimy Start

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Kim

With only a month to get almost 434,000 signatures, the anti-AB 32 petition drive is off to a rocky start. But one thing that's for sure is that you should never, ever count the Republicans out.

Sallie Mae's Jets: Bank Shills Use "Socialism" Scare to Shaft Students, Serve the Wealthy

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Richard (RJ) Eskow

"School loan socialism" is the new Death Panel. But, hey, somebody's gotta keep Sallie Mae's corporate jets flying.