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Campaign Finance Reform

Why Do Americans Hate Politics? Follow the Money

Roy D. Cho | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Roy D. Cho

If you really want to know why ordinary Americans are being turned off by politics in record numbers, run for Congress. More than likely, you'll find out, as I have, that what's wrong with Washington has a common root: money.

Paul Blumenthal

Cuomo Under Fire For Meddling In Anti-Corruption Panel He Created

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is under fire from good government groups and his potential Democratic primary opponent after a New York ...

No, Less Disclosure Will Not Reduce Dark Money

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

The basic lifeblood of a democracy is information. And in a system of privately funded elections, it is essential to have real-time information on where candidates are getting their money. Knowing this tells us something about what they stand for, and whom they are spending their time with.

Influence Peddling and Inequality in London: Nobody Expects a Monty Python Fourth of July

Michael Winship | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

In the face of heavy opposition from the moneyed classes on either shore, both the United States and the United Kingdom are desperately in need of campaign finance reform. No joke.

The Super PAC To End All Super PACs Reaches Major Fundraising Goal

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

The "super PAC to end all super PACs" reached a major fundraising goal on Friday in its quest to reduce the influence of money in politics. In an I...

Shedding New Light on Dark Money

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Timothy Karr

While its not likely to stifle the flood of money being spent on political ads, the FCC's online file will help shed light on the groups that are spending so much -- giving voters more clarity on who's trying to influence their choices at the ballot box.

Michael McAuliff

Democrats Launch New Bid To Unmask Secret Campaign Donors

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats announced a new effort Tuesday to unmask secretive election spending, floating a bill that would require so-called dark...

California Lawmakers Back Amendment Overturning Citizens United

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

California's state Senate voted Monday in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to curb the influence of money in politics. Assembly Joint Resolu...

How to Tell If Your Member of Congress Is a Crony Capitalist

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Timothy Karr

First, find who his or her biggest corporate donors are. Then check his or her record on policies that may impact the bottom lines of those companies. Does she support or oppose financial-sector reform? Has he recently signed a letter or released a statement opposing EPA curbs to coal-plant emissions?

Cuomo Has Raised Millions Through Loophole He Pledged to Close

ProPublica | Theodoric Meyer | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

By Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica When he ran for office four years ago, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo pledged to close a loophole in the state's cam...

Money Isn't Everything

Dan Glickman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

To see a candidate taking on an incumbent with an astronomical cash advantage, running on a platform in part opposed to money's influence in the political system, and win is an amazing thing in this day and age. Maybe this is the beginning of a trend in both parties.

The Bold Plan To Save American Democracy

The New Republic | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

In theory, there are a variety of ways to rein in the power of Super PACs and the political influence of the ultra-rich who fund them. Starting your o...

Paul Blumenthal

Tech Titans From Both Parties Get Behind Super PAC To End All Super PACs

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Big-name technology titans from different ideological backgrounds are backing a super PAC formed by Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig to...

How Much Does Your Vote Cost?

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

How is it that two states with such important primary campaigns in which large amounts of money were spent failed to attract more voters? How much are campaigns spending to get voters to the polls these days?

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans File Suit To End McCain-Feingold Reform Law, Raise Unlimited Funds

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee and the Louisiana Republican Party filed suit in federal court Friday to overturn the decadeslong ban ...

Friday Talking Points -- Brain Damage

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Karl Rove successfully manipulated the entire news media this week. Rove's specialty is to take what could be considered a reasonable idea, and then twist it beyond recognition while dragging it through the swampiest mud he can dream up.

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC To End All Super PACs Has Super Start

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On May 1, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig launched what he calls a "super PAC to end all super PACs." Lessig, one of a new breed of ca...

Star Wars Unveiling: Our Next Amendment

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

It is a dark time for the republic. Imperialist forces have colluded to make a mockery of our democratic process, not unlike Palpatine's maneuverings ...

The Paper Chase, Starring James Bopp

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Through countless courts from numerous districts in states across the country, James Bopp has argued against limitations on spending in elections, fought against donors' names being public, and ushered in two of the most transformative Supreme Court decisions of our time.

Friday Talking Points -- Give America a Raise!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Unemployment has now fallen to 6.3 percent, the lowest it has been since 2008. The rate dropped four-tenths of a point in a single month -- the biggest drop in two years -- showing that after the lag of this year's brutal winter, employers are hiring.

McCutcheon's Contradictions

Jay Mandle | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Jay Mandle

A democratic political system must do precisely what the Roberts' majority rules against: balance both free speech and responsiveness to what the majority, not just the elite, seek to achieve politically.

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Will Vote On Constitutional Amendment To Roll Back Campaign Finance Decisions

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will vote in 2014 on a constitutional amendment to reverse Supreme Court rulings that prevent limitations on campaign spendin...

Former Justice To Testify On 'Really Wrong' Practice

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is among those urging Congress to rein in the ever-increasing spending on elections....

Paul Blumenthal

Wall Street, War Hawks Fund Challenger To Only Anti-War, Anti-Wall Street Republican

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wall Street billionaires, financial industry lobbyists and neoconservative hawks are throwing money behind a primary challenge to Rep. W...

Jack Abramoff: Supreme Court Justices 'Just Don't Get' How Money Influences Politics

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.18.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff disagrees with the Supreme Court's April 2 ruling on campaign finance limits, which knocked down the overall limits on w...