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On Campaign Finance, Republicans and Democrats Could Not Be Further Apart

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics

CLEVELAND ― Donald Trump may have fought his way to the Republican presidential nomination attacking his own party’s donor class, but the 2016 Rep...

4. How The Flaw In Elections Foisted Prohibition On America

Ted Wachtel | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Ted Wachtel

In 1920, on the first day of Prohibition, people must have looked around and thought, "How the hell did this happen?" Wayne Wheeler, leader of the National Anti Saloon League, knew exactly how it happened.

Hillary Clinton Pledges Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United In Her First 30 Days

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 07.16.2016 | Politics

Hillary Clinton announced on Saturday that she would introduce a constitutional amendment within the first 30 days of her presidency to overturn the S...

Trump Has Extended An Olive Branch To Progressives. Clinton Hasn't.

Brian Boyko | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Brian Boyko

Ultimately, I don't think Bernie Sanders will endorse Clinton's candidacy. I really don't. I think Sanders wants to endorse Clinton. I even understand the view of some in the Democratic party that he needs to endorse Clinton to promote party unity.

My Message to the DNC's Platform Drafting Committee

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

The goal for all working families remains a secure, sustainable job and a real improvement in our standard of living. Here's how we get there.

And You Call This an Election Campaign? Aussie vs. U.S. Politics 2016

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 06.03.2016 | World
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

A small item in The Age last week caught my attention. It was at the bottom of one of the three or four pages The Age carries every day on the Austra...

These States Are Stepping Up To Reform Money In Politics In 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The next front in the battle for campaign finance and lobbying reforms will likely be on the ballot in Washington state and South Dakota...

Clinton and Trump: Sadly, It's Politics as Usual

Terry Newell | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

In the film Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman plays a struggling actor. After an audition, the casting director tells him they need someone shorter. "I can be...

No, Bernie Sanders Has Not Pushed Hillary Clinton To The Left

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics

Different people run for president for different reasons. Some want to publicize important issues or influence political party platforms. Some want to...

This Group Raised $11 Million To Defeat Citizens United. So Why Do People Hate Them?

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In March 2015, a new group showed up on the political scene, seemingly out of thin air. It called itself End Citizens United PAC and sai...

A Cure for a Political Disaster: Fixing the Presidential Public Financing System

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

A repaired presidential public financing system would dramatically increase the amount of clean resources available to participating candidates and thereby greatly dilute the importance and impact of outside spending groups and their mega-donors.

Protesters Invade Capitol To Protest Corrupt Money In Politics

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics

Thirteen activists zip-tied themselves to the scaffolding in the Capitol rotunda Friday as part of a weeklong civil disobedience action protesting the...

Protest Shows Movement Against Corrupt Campaign Finance Is Growing

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a 140-mile march from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., police arrested more than 400 protesters on the steps of the Capitol build...

The Problem Of Money In Politics Goes Way Beyond Citizens United

Nick Penniman | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Nick Penniman

Even if we abolished super PACs tomorrow we would do nothing to incentivize our elected leaders to talk to anyone other than the very wealthy. They'll still need donors who can "max out," and that probably doesn't include me, or you or anyone you know.

Here's Why Bernie Sanders Is Polling So Well

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

A popular issue that Senator Sanders has made his own is reform of the minimum wage. The current federal minimum wage is set at $7.25. Americans instinctively know that it is no longer possible for individuals to live on such a wage.

No Last Hurrah for Big Money in Politics

Steve Early | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Steve Early

For Richmond residents whose recollections are fading, we now have a fascinating 90-minute video history of that campaign. Entitled Nate Bates for Mayor, it provides a timely reminder of the stakes involved in a key Left Coast battle against big money in politics that resonated nationally.

The Elders Are All Right: Why Hundreds of Seniors Plan to Risk Arrest This April in Washington

Joseph Huff-Hannon | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Joseph Huff-Hannon

Lynne Iser has plans to get arrested next month, and she wants hundreds of other elders by her side when she does. The campaign has been endorsed by over 100 organizations (including the one I work for, Avaaz), and counts a number of celebrities and public figures among those pledging to risk arrest in nonviolent civil disobedience.

Oil And Gas Industry Has Pumped Millions Into Republican Campaigns

The Guardian | Casey Williams | Posted 03.03.2016 | Business

Fossil fuel millionaires collectively pumped more than $100m into Republican presidential contenders’ efforts last year – in an unprecedented inve...

Bernie or Hillary, the Difference Is YUGE

D. C. Rutledge | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics
D. C. Rutledge

Where a candidate stands on the issues should be of utmost importance when deciding who to give your vote to, and, because of that, I am happy to expound on some of those crucial differences here.

An Open Letter to My Fellow Young Americans: We're Getting Screwed

Ben Brown | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Ben Brown

Young Americans are fighting an uphill battle against a huge list of social, financial, and political issues that must be solved.

Maybe It IS a Single-Issue Election

Michael Winship | Posted 02.20.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Ultimately, deep down, no matter the candidate, the fact is there is only one true issue here in these United States. As a banker says in The Mark and the Void, Paul Murray's recent novel, "What's the one reliable area of growth in the twenty-first century? Inequality." Now let the booing commence.

Clintons Press Panic Button With Sanders at Their Nevada 'Firewall'

William Bradley | Posted 02.14.2016 | Media
William Bradley

An inconclusive Thursday night debate and trouble in the next contest state have led Hillary Clinton to a sharp change in her once dominant presidential campaign. Her media image of inevitability has rapidly diminished, turning her campaign into a war of attrition.

Democrats Are Fuming About Hillary Clinton's 'Smear' Line

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are fuming over presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's defense of the millions of dollars she made giving speeches to Wall Str...

Hillary Clinton Goes Rogue about Political Contributions

Cody Cain | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

I thought I knew what Hillary Clinton stood for. But after her debate with Bernie Sanders, I'm not so sure. I could hardly believe my own ears when ...

Jeb Bush Raised $100 Million, But Now He's Mad About Citizens United

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush wants to get rid of the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, but it's not because h...