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Campaign Finance Reform

New Tax Documents Show How Secret Money Infects Campaigns on Both Sides

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

New tax documents released last week confirm what we've known for years: sophisticated political operatives on the right and the left continue to use phony social welfare organizations to pump tens of millions of anonymous dollars into our elections.

My Letter To Bernie Sanders' Campaign

Pearl Korn | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Solutions are the overarching issue that need to be detailed and presented to the American people. Can you tell me how this is being addressed by Bernie? Without addressing "da money," there can be no 12-point Bernie platform that can be delivered and become a reality.

Clinton Campaign Defends 9/11 Remark By Pointing To 9/11

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton incited a broad backlash during the most recent Democratic presidential debate by suggesting that her popularity among Wall Street do...

For Progressives, the Choice Is Clear: Lindsey Graham. Wait, what?!

Brian Boyko | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

It may seem like cognitive dissonance, but I like Graham. Graham respects the separation of powers and has logical, internally consistent (wrong) decisions that he sticks to out of principle.

College Student Makes Winning Video Calling for Campaign Finance Reform

Rio Tazewell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Rio Tazewell

No matter whether you identify as progressive, conservative, or somewhere in between, it's likely you agree with a majority of Americans on at least one thing: there is too much money in politics.

Blueprints For Renovating Democracy

Nick Penniman | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Nick Penniman

For too long the models for reducing corruption in America have only been known by a small group of good-government reformers. It's like ancient medicine that you have to find a shaman in some remote part of the globe to be able to get.

Harry Reid Joins Call For Obama To Take Action On Dark Money

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers, joined for the first time by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), have a message for President Barack Obam...

Why Donald Trump Is Terrible For Campaign Finance Reform

Geng Ngarmboonanant | Posted 11.09.2015 | Entertainment
Geng Ngarmboonanant

Even if we believe that self-funded campaigns are less prone to quid pro quo transactions between candidate and donor, surely a system where billionaire politicians hold extraordinary advantages over regular politicians is just as corrupt.

Learning From History How to Curb Corruption

Richard L. McCormick | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Richard L. McCormick

Americans are heirs to a long tradition of fighting to abolish political practices that stand corruptly in the way of solutions to the country's most serious problems.

Campaign Finance Reform Brings Former Lawmakers Together

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan coalition of more than 100 former members of Congress, governors and cabinet secretaries joined together on Thursday to an...

In Maine, Lessons for Money in Politics Activists

Marc Caplan | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Marc Caplan

Mainers sent the nation a message on Tuesday, strongly approving a money in politics ballot initiative that puts control of elections back in the voters' hands and reduces the power of big money.

A Social Justice Case for Campaign Finance Reform

Talmon J. Smith | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Talmon J. Smith

In the Jim Crow South, before blacks had their turn to vote, states often held a white primary -- so that even in districts where blacks were the majority, black political priorities were nullified and black voters were subjected to picking from a crop of 'general election' candidates preselected by the white population.

Maine, Seattle Pave Next Path For Campaign Finance Reform

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voters in Seattle and Maine went to the polls Tuesday night and supported ballot initiatives to reform their campaign finance laws a...

Anthony Kennedy's Citizens United Disclosure Salve 'Not Working'

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy penned the 2010 Citizens United decision allowing corporations and unions to spend unlimited...

Glass-Steagall's Political Firewall

Adam Levitin | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Adam Levitin

Until the political importance of Glass-Steagall is recognized, financial reform is doomed. Captured regulators will implement milquetoast versions of reform laws, and Congress will entertain amendments to slowly repeal the reforms.

What It's Like To Be A 24-Year-Old Woman Running For Congress

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women

Sometime late last winter, I sat across from Lindy Li at a Manhattan hotel and asked her to repeat herself when she told me she was running for C...

The Biden Scenario

Jeff Wald | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Jeff Wald

The Answer to Trump, Fiorina, Carson & Sanders: Draft Joe Biden & Team

Campaign Finance Reformers Want Details At Democratic Debate

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Campaign finance reformers don’t want to just hear denunciations of the rising role of big money in politics from the Democratic ...

Marco Rubio ISO Billionaires For Heavy Campaign Petting

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

Even as the Democratic candidates gather in Las Vegas for the first of their party's primary debates, some consequential news is emerging from S...

Hmm, This Dark Money Org Seems To Exist Just To Help Marco Rubio

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

For a long time, I've been pointing out that the rumors of a "firewall" between the activities of political candidates and the activities of the dark...

Martin O'Malley Proposes Overhaul Of Campaign Finance System

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the two leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination released their eye-popping fundraising totals for the la...

Seattle Could Create An Entirely New Way To Fund Elections

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a little over a month, Seattle voters will go to the polls with the opportunity to create a brand new, first-in-the-country sys...

Americans Agree On One Thing: Citizens United Is Terrible

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of Chief Justice John Roberts taking the helm of the Supreme Court, and as academics and journalists loo...

Millennials Feel the Bern

GVH Live | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
GVH Live

Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop in Manassas, Virginia just hours after speaking at a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Liberty University was founded by the late-pastor, Jerry Falwell, and is considered to be one of the most conservative academic institutions in the country.

Campaign Finance Reform: How Can Change Actually Happen?

Alex Law | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Alex Law

In my campaign, one of the biggest issues I discuss is campaign finance reform because I believe it to be the most fundamentally important reform that America needs right now. Without a change in how money is raised for political campaigns, it will make honest discussions about other reforms incredibly difficult.