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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Hawaii Campaign Finance Laws

AP | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear a challenge to Hawaii campaign finance laws that require a private company buying campaign ads t...

Lila Shapiro

Leading Anti-Gay Organization Dealt Huge Blow | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

The National Organization for Marriage, a leader in the campaign to ban same-sex marriage in the U.S., sustained a blow to its five-year effort to kee...

Dems Challenge State's Campaign Finance Law

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics

By Scott Malone April 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Democratic Governors' Association on Wednesday sued the state of Connecticut, saying it...

McCutcheon Lays Groundwork for Ruination of Democracy

David Earley | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
David Earley

With McCutcheon, the Supreme Court laid the groundwork for eliminating the remaining "remnant" of our campaign finance laws in two specific ways.

New Koch Brothers-Backed Group To Begin Airing Ads In Key Senate Races

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

A political nonprofit associated with conservative funders Charles and David Koch will begin airing TV ads in Colorado and Iowa, according to televisi...

Paul Blumenthal

IRS Sued Over Rule That Lets Dark Money Flood Elections | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced on Wednesday a lawsuit challenging the Internal Revenue Service's rules for certain tax-exempt n...

The Frightening Future of Campaign Finance Laws

Jason Kander | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Jason Kander

We've had a virtually lawless campaign finance system in Missouri for more than four years. Here's what it looks like.

Another State Backs Effort To Overturn Citizens United

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

Richard Woodbury, an Independent Maine state senator, introduced a measure Tuesday asking his state's delegation to support a constitutional amendment...

Political Spending Reaches Record Highs

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

BOSTON -- Operating with few rules and limited oversight, outside groups spent a record $1 billion to influence last year's election. Politicians of ...

Gingrich Blasts 'Fundamentally, Profoundly Wrong' Citizens United Effect

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 11.14.2012 | Politics

Former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert on Tuesday and appeared to suggest that he, like the comedian, was ...

Time to Repeal Campaign Contribution Limits

Bruce Ledewitz | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics
Bruce Ledewitz

The regime of campaign finance limits has been a failure. The only part of the effort that remains -- contribution limits -- is now responsible for increasing, rather than limiting, the power of money in elections.

Does Campaign Finance In The United States Need To Be Fixed?

Posted 09.06.2012 | College

Editor's Note: HuffPost College teamed with the International Debate Education Association to produce the following debate. Since the 1976 Buckley ...

Bad Laws Make Bad Politics

Diane Dimond | Posted 08.17.2012 | Crime
Diane Dimond

You want to know exactly where a candidate has gotten money to stage their expensive campaign? I sure do. Election campaign laws were written and passed by members of Congress -- the very people who would be held accountable to them. No wonder it's such a muddle.

How the Romney Campaign Is Eluding Campaign Contribution Limits

John R. Talbott | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
John R. Talbott

Before you write your big check to Idaho, Mr. Banker, please understand that you may be part of a ploy to stealthily violate donation limits and move funds secretly in the dark of night to the more contested states.

Obama Appointee Bucks Citizens United Trend

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A judge has turned aside a request to temporarily lift a long-standing ban on contributions by federal contractors to political campaign...

The Insufficient Influence of the Wealthy

David Donnelly | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
David Donnelly

We won't solve our economic problems with more influence from people who are able to hire lobbyists or write checks to candidates or super PACs. We'll solve them with more influence from more everyday Americans.

Boehner: Obama Super PAC Decision 'Just Another Broken Promise'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

Hours after President Barack Obama's campaign decided to soften its stance toward super PACs, House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) slammed the ...

You're Needed Now for Direct, Immediate Political Impact

Wendy Block | Posted 03.31.2012 | Politics
Wendy Block

We have about two days to save a groundbreaking bill that will make corporations and big-spending one percenters who buy political ads reveal their identities in their commercials so you'll know who's trying to manipulate your vote.

When Corporate Speech Jeopardizes Equality We Can't Just "Shut It Off" -- Women Must Pursue Citizens United Reform

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

In the past two years, Citizens United has allowed corporations to flood the airwaves and the corridors of power with anti-women legislation restricting women's health, worker's rights, and voting rights. We must fight back.

End the Obscene Amounts of Money in Campaigns

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

By limiting incumbents to raising money in their own districts and limiting challengers to specific matching amounts maybe we would finally get to where people in a particular district actually make their own decisions on who will represent them.

Congressman To Refund Campaign Cash Used On Eyebrow-Raising Expense

AP | By KEVIN FREKING | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A New Jersey congressman said Tuesday that he will refund and then donate to a charity all the expenses associated with his trip to a do...

Dan Froomkin

IRS Petition Alleges Crossroads GPS, Priorities USA Violate Tax Laws | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service should crack down on organizations that are soliciting anonymous tax-free donations for blatantly political...

Citizens United Is Number One -- What Are the Other 9 Top Money-in-Politics Stories of 2010?

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

One of the most striking examples of money in politics this year was the extent to which some lawmakers blatantly stated their fealty to big corporate interests, from apologizing to BP to offering to "serve the banks."

Ryan Grim

Pelosi Taps Task Force To Counter Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats are forming a Citizens United task force to decide on the best set of legislative push back against the Supreme Court decision that up...

Arthur Delaney

Alan Grayson Petitioning Against Looming Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In response to news that the Supreme Court will hold a special public session on Thursday, which some expect could bring a highly-anticipated campaign...