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Campaign Finance Reform

Taxation Without Representation

Josh Silver | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Josh Silver

Today, millions of Americans will begrudgingly pay their taxes to a government that does not inspire confidence. With public trust in government at near historic lows, many Americans believe that their elected representatives don't care what the average citizen thinks. Unfortunately, they're right. But there is room for hope. More than a dozen new city and statewide anti-corruption campaigns are on the way in 2015 and 2016. There are more than 23,000 municipalities and 27 states where we can bypass entrenched local legislatures and put tough, new anti-corruption laws on the ballot, so citizens can vote on them directly, which means this movement isn't slowing down anytime soon.

Jason Linkins

'Testing The Waters': The Unseen Significance Of A Candidate Cliche

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

A few weeks ago, I had the occasion to write about the myriad steps that a human being takes along the way to becoming a presidential candidate -- fro...

Pope Francis Gets The Problem With Money In Politics Exactly Right

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics

Pope Francis succinctly summarized the corrupting influence that money can have in elections during an interview with a group of Argentine teenagers f...

The Presidential Nomination Process: The Voters Deserve Better

Terry Newell | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

What should inject constructive energy and useful ideas into the political system, producing a mandate for governing and a re-commitment to republican government, is once again on a course to disappoint us. Both parties are to blame -- and so are we.

Mr. President, It's Our Moment of Truth

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

From the heartlands of America to our city centers, there are too many folks who don't believe our system works. When citizens are under-served by their leaders, an apathy is fostered that enables corruption and prevents accountability.

Sick of Money Corrupting Politics? Take the Fight Local

Charlotte Hill | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Until now, perhaps the single greatest stumbling block for the reform movement has been that many Americans are convinced victory is impossible, especially in a post-Citizens United world. This notion is unequivocally false.

An Under-Examined Angle on Money-in-Politics: 'Winner-Take-All' Elections

Brian Boyko | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

There is a broad understanding among the American people that there's too much money in American politics and that the dependence on their donors to provide that money leaves elected officials without the autonomy to properly represent their constituents.

Chicago Voters Can Strike Blow Against Big Money in Politics

David Orr | Posted 02.20.2015 | Chicago
David Orr

Our democracy is built on the core principle of a government of the people, by the people and for the people, where all of us get an equal say over who gets elected and the government decisions that affect our lives.

"Corruption" vs. "Systemic Corruption" -- and Why the Latter Is Much, Much Worse

Brian Boyko | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

New Zealand -- like all democracies -- has corruption. But it doesn't have systemic corruption like the United States does. Systemic corruption is when politicians must give favors to the donors of their campaigns, but here the favors (if any) were due to personal connections.

It's Clear Now the Public Option Really Was Needed to Keep Insurers Honest

Wendell Potter | Posted 04.18.2015 | Politics
Wendell Potter

When members of Congress caved to demands from the insurance industry and ditched their plan to establish a "public option" health plan, the lawmakers also ditched one of their favorite talking points, that a government-run plan was necessary to "keep insurers honest."

Campaign-Finance System Is Broken

Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Sen. Daylin Leach

With the resignation and pending guilty plea of former Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord on charges of extortion, the public must understand the problem caused by our current campaign-finance system.

We Can't Wait for the Next Watergate Scandal

Ben Cohen  | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

In the 40 years since Congress established strict restrictions on campaign financing, the Chamber of Commerce and the Supreme Court have hacked away at government oversight with their First Amendment sickles.

A Meditation On Mitt Romney and Politics

Jeff Cannon | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Jeff Cannon

So, Mitt, I hope you take this time to reflect and perhaps even meditate on the road ahead. To the rest of you, the voters, forget about the candidates, they are unfortunately bought and sold many times over. Sadly you cannot get to this level of the game without being so. Look instead to their backers, follow the money to see where their true interests lie.

Congressman Can't Get Any Of His Colleagues To Stop Fundraising For 12 Days

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) has promised to forgo fundraising while the House is in session in February -- an effort he's dubbed "Fundraising Free Februa...

5 Years After Citizens United, Big Oil and Gas Money Spills Into Colorado State Elections

Peg Perl | Posted 03.23.2015 | Denver
Peg Perl

Colorado law has attempted to blunt the crushing effect of big money in politics through strong public disclosure laws that require spending by each of these groups in candidate elections to be reported online to Colorado voters.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Link Middle Class Woes To Need For Campaign Finance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, House and Senate Democrats aimed all the spotlights...

Paul Blumenthal

5 Years After Citizens United, Money Controls Politics More Than Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five years ago this Wednesday, the Supreme Court overturned two decades of precedent in a bitterly divided 5-4 decision to open the door...

Paul Blumenthal

Here's Where Campaign Finance Reform May Move Ahead As Congress Dithers

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly five years after the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United altered the landscape for money in politics, Congress has done not...

Congress Secretly Voted Themselves a Cromnibus Luxury Car Perk

Erik Ose | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Erik Ose

It's good for the rich, the powerful, and D.C.'s luxury car rental companies. But the Cromnibus is bad for America, and President Obama needs to step up with his veto pen and do the right thing.

Ironically, the Group Citizens United Opposes New Campaign Spending Increases

John A. Tures | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

If conservatives really want citizens in control or prefer to reduce the power and influence of a few individuals and groups, they could team up with liberals who have pushed this for years.

The High Cost to Democracy of the Budget Bill

Lawrence Noble | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Noble

Those supporting this Faustian bargain are feeding us myths about the changes in the law in an effort to sell us on being sold-out. Here are just a few of myths we are hearing and the reality.

The Best Government Wall Street and the Billionaires Can Buy

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The past few days have provided vivid evidence that the U.S. government has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wall Street and other wealthy special interests and no longer a government of, by, and for the people.

Sam Stein

No One Wants To Take The Blame For The Omnibus Campaign Finance Rider

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facing a tough election landscape this year, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had to go deep in the red, ending the electora...

Tell Congress to Reject Deal Allowing Rich to Buy More Elections

Erik Ose | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Erik Ose

Not content with the loosened campaign finance rules made possible by Citizens United, the GOP is attempting to pass a stealth provision that would open the big money floodgates even further.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Seek To Strip Big Hug For Rich Donors From Omnibus

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers expressed outrage at a provision slipped into the omnibus government funding bill that would expand the amount weal...