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Campaign Finance Reform

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 St...

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 ...

Baring It All for Campaign Finance Reform

The Heller School | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
The Heller School

A candidate who believes that campaign finance reform is critical to the future of our democracy should step forward to set a new standard. Every ad, website and social media communication should include the names of the candidate's top three donors.

Liberals and Conservatives United for Money-in-Politics Reform

Nick Penniman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics
Nick Penniman

Outside of the beltway, it's not really controversial to assert that money in politics has reached a crisis level. But in Washington, a town where naming a post office might set off a filibuster, it's hard to overstate the value of consensus.

Zephyr Teachout Already Has Thousands Of Campaign Contributors

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

Progressive law professor Zephyr Teachout declared her congressional candidacy less than a week ago, but has already received campaign contributions ...

Let's Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Americans of every stripe know money corrodes our politics. In a poll last year, the New York Times and CBS found that 85 percent of us think the system for funding political campaigns should be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt.

Billionaire Donors Boosted Ted Cruz's Rise In GOP Race

AP | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four of America's wealthiest businessmen laid the foundation for Ted Cruz's now-surging Republican presidential campaign and ...

Noam Chomsky's First Campaign Contribution Was To Bernie Sanders*

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

Radical intellectual Noam Chomsky has supported just two federal political candidates with campaign contributions over the past 18 years. Chomsky gav...

Ohio Should Send a Campaign Finance Reform Champion to the Senate

Jessica Adair | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Jessica Adair

A recent poll showed that 78 percent of Americans -- Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike -- want to overturn Citizens United. This year, let's make sure that the 78 percent support candidates who will work for us. Let's support a candidate like Ted Strickland.

Mitch McConnell Freaks At Obama's Latest Idea

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

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GOP Congressman Says He Personally Won't Ask Donors For Money Anymore

The Huffington Post | Mariam Baksh | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) has stopped personally asking donors to contribute to his 2016 Senate campaign. He wants to focus his time on mor...

We Need a Revolution

Walker Bragman | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Walker Bragman


The Big Thing Obama Probably Won't Do In His Last SOTU Speech

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every year since 2012, campaign finance reform advocates have cautiously anticipated whether President Barack Obama would use his State...

Harry Reid Makes Disturbing Request

Cameron Fegers | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Cameron Fegers

In the post-Citizens United era, where campaign fundraising involves pandering to corporate lobbyists and wealthy, special interests, requests like Reid's -- someone who is viewed as a leader in the Democratic party -- only further the appearance of corruption in our democracy.

Joy to the Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In keeping with the figgy-pudding and potato latke traditions of the holidays, here's a recipe for delivering joy to workers so that they can spread holiday merriment.

Campaign Finance Reformers Use The Force To Gain New Supporters

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

With the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" imminent, there is high expectation that political and policy campaigns will use the Force ...

The Public Should Pay for Elections So Politicians Can't Be Bought

Dave Palmer | Posted 12.17.2015 | New York
Dave Palmer

Until election campaigns in New York State are publicly funded, getting rid of bad-apple politicians won't do much. The whole tree is rotten.

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...