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Campaign Finance Reform

Republicans Are About To Gut Campaign Finance Rules Even Further

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are trying yet again to use the appropriations process to roll back campaign finance regulations. This time t...

Politicians Spend Half Their Time Fundraising -- And A Growing Group of Former Politicians Has Had Enough

Nick Penniman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Nick Penniman

The money race causes politicians to lose touch with the people they were elected to represent and to push for policies that serve only their campaign donors. We all know that our democracy functions best when our laws are written by the best people for the job, not the ones who can raise the most money.

Jason Linkins

The 'Firewall' Between Campaigns And Super PACs Is Not A Thing

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

It's early days yet in the post-Citizens United era, and most of the nation is still in a very naive place. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who once warne...

The Campaign Everyone Should Be Talking About - No, Not Hilary's

Cameron Fegers | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Cameron Fegers

A republic which remains unchecked by the people it was intended to represent is in no form a republic. Because of the people of Maine, in November, America will witness a decision handed down not by the government or special interests, but by the people.

Corporations Are People, FEC Commissioners Are Not

The Huffington Post | Christine Conetta | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, appearing on HuffPost Live Monday, expressed frustration that the FEC considers corporations people, bu...

Maine Leading the Way on Government of, for and by the People

Benjamin T. Brickner | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Benjamin T. Brickner

Public campaign financing has encouraged more diverse candidates to run, kept campaign costs under control, and enabled candidates to spend more time with voters, instead of the wealthy donors, corporations and PACs who fund traditional campaigns.

Democracy Demoralized

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Americans know the ugly truth about money in politics. Though the wealthy conceal payoffs through dark money deposits into political pockets, it's no secret to the American public that the rich are buying the government.

Movement to Reform Campaign Finance Keeps Growing

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Reform rarely arrives as a silver bullet, clearing danger in a single shot. The way reform takes hold is more gradual and disparate, like ivy or tree branches growing, until one day you notice all the leaves you are surrounded by.

Clinton Would Only Nominate Justices Who Favor Overturning Citizens United: Report

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics

In a private meeting with fundraisers on Thursday, Hillary Clinton said that she would nominate justices to the Supreme Court who support overturning ...

Corporate Disclosure Benefits Both Businesses and Democracy

Steve Roth | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Steve Roth

Investors need information about political spending so that they can make informed decisions. Political activity creates risk for companies, as Target discovered in 2010 when it saw boycotts in response to political spending in favor of a gubernatorial candidate who opposed same-sex marriage.

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Puts America's Corporate Elites On Notice

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

(Photo: Andrew Burton via Getty Images) This article is part of a Huffington Post series, on the occasion of the site's 10th anniversary, look...

Paul Blumenthal

John Roberts Basically Thinks It's OK When Politicians Just Do What Wealthy Donors Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to campaign finance law, Chief Justice John Roberts taketh away even as he giveth. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court uphe...

Paul Blumenthal

How Government Works To Help The Rich And Not You

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

The issue of big money in politics is receiving increased attention as the country barrels toward a presidential election cycle where all spending rec...

Money, Money, Money

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

There is an old saying, "Money is the root of all evil." While money may not cause evil in all circumstances, it certainly can sway some people toward the path of corruption and bad behavior.

Hillary's "Fix"

Jay Mandle | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Jay Mandle

What significance should be attached to Hillary Clinton's recent statement that we should "fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if it takes a constitutional amendment?"

Paul Blumenthal

Wealthy Donors Are Throwing Way More Money At The Republican Party This Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party is taking full advantage of the new campaign contribution accounts and limits slipped into the omnibus budget bill ...

Jason Linkins

Hot Trend For 2016: Even More Extravagant Super PAC Lies And Corruption!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

According to the Associated Press, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is poised to "give [the] traditional campaign a makeover." Which sounds exciting! ...

Taxation Without Representation

Josh Silver | Posted 06.15.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 05.03.2015 | 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 04.25.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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.