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Campaign Finance Reform

Illegal Dark Money In Wisconsin

Jay Mandle | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Jay Mandle

On September 14th, The Guardian newspaper published 1,500 leaked documents collected by the Wisconsin prosecutors who were investigating suspected cam...

California Makes Major Campaign Finance Reform Move

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation on Thursday freeing the state and local governments to provide for the public fundin...

The Definition of Insanity

Tom Allon | Posted 09.28.2016 | New York
Tom Allon

If you do the same thing over and over and over again and expect a different result each time, that is called insanity. Our city and state government...

Larry Lessig Takes His Plan To Congress

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Lawrence Lessig's plea to members of Congress wasn't exactly diplomatic. The Harvard law professor was referring to the outside role fundraising plays in lawmakers' schedules, and surveys showing that the most people believe the current system keeps them from being heard.

Campaign Finance Reformers Endorse Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The campaign finance reform organization Every Voice made its first endorsement in a presidential election on Friday, backing Democrati...

To Endorse, Or Not To Endorse--That Is The (Wrong) Question

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

What if "endorsement" is a political red herring? "Endorsing" suggests approval, but for a lot of us that option is closed. But, hey, we still have to choose--we must choose because democracy itself is at stake today.

Clinton And Trump Are The Byproduct Of Crony Capitalism Run Amok

Michael Winship | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

The recipe could not be simpler. Mix cynicism with greed, quickly stir and voila! American politics and government served up on a platter to the highest bidder

Why This Congressional Candidate Doesn't Want You To Pay Attention To Her TV Ad

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics

Zephyr Teachout wants to change the way politicians treat voters when targeting them with ads. “You know how most political ads don’t say anything...

Donald Trump's Latest Hire Shows He's No Different Than His Old Republican Foes

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump once denounced his Republican primary opponents as being “totally in cahoots” with the unlimited-money super PACs supp...

Former Chief White House Ethics Lawyer: Clinton Foundation Controversy Is Just A Distraction From Bigger Issue

The Conversation US | Posted 09.01.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Hillary Clinton's critics claim that federal ethics laws were broken when her subordinates at the State Department arranged meetings and other favors for donors to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation.

Miami-Dade Elected Leaders Will Be Tested This November. But Will They Listen to the Wishes of Voters?

Center for Community Change Action | Posted 08.30.2016 | Miami
Center for Community Change Action

Credit: Damian Gadal via Flickr Creative Commons By Thomas Kennedy Miami Dade County has for too long been a place where money means political influ...

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.