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Campaign Finance Reform

Money Is Corrupting Our Elections -- It Can Be Stopped

Ed Koch | Posted 06.24.2012 | New York
Ed Koch

When the New York Leadership for Accountable Government committee meets, I will provide it with all my energy and experience to help bring to the state of New York what New York City has already adopted.

'Piercing The Veil' In Front Of Major Political Donors

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Posted 04.20.2012 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtes of California Watch. By Will Evans After recent court rulings struck down significant campaign finance limits, the next...

The French Presidency Is a Bargain

Sophie Meunier | Posted 06.19.2012 | World
Sophie Meunier

Money is a good thing to have in a French electoral campaign, to be sure, but there is not that much money can buy.

Paul Blumenthal

Grassroots Effort To Overturn Citizens United Comes To Capitol | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday morning, dozens of activists and more than a dozen members of Congress gathered in a Capitol Visitor Center hearing room to...

Paul Blumenthal

Obama Omits Citizens United, Calls For Further Campaign Finance Reforms | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama signed the STOCK Act, a bill meant to curb potential insider trading of stocks by members o...

Spending Spotlight

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

A company's political spending is relevant information to current and potential shareholders who are deciding where to invest their money.

We Don't Need a Constitutional Amendment

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Jay Mandle

The trend to political oligarchy can be reversed. But the strategy to do so must be one that posits the objective of greater political equality and at the same time provides the basis for building a coalition that can win.

Paul Blumenthal

SEC Pushed To Demand Corporations Reveal Political Spending | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of reform groups gathered Monday morning to urge the Securities and Exchange Commission to require publicly traded companies...

What Goldman's Whistleblower Teaches Us About Washington

David Donnelly | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
David Donnelly

Perhaps we need more Greg Smith-type truth-telling from those who have lived in the belly of the beast on Wall Street and in Washington. That'd be a good start. But while one person leaving with a kiss-and-tell story salves his or her conscience, it doesn't alter structural imbalances.

Citizens United Decision Could Lead to Foreign Interests Influencing US Elections

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Citizens United created an environment in which it is perfectly legal for a shell non-profit corporation to engage in election-related spending on behalf of a hidden interest. And there is nothing to ensure that the hidden interest is not a foreign national, a foreign company or a foreign government.

GOP Group Who Funded 'Citizens United' Cause Now Fighting Against Special Interest Money

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Posted 03.13.2013 | Los Angeles

Story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Lance Williams The Lincoln Club of Orange County had a big hand in the landmark Supreme Court deci...

Dan Froomkin

No More Secrets: Reform Groups Launch Attacks on Sneaky Corporate Donations | Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- CEOs may think twice before making what they intend to be secret campaign donations from their corporate treasuries, now that a progress...

Why Republicans Weren't Excited on Super PAC Tuesday

Blair Bowie | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Blair Bowie

The equivalent of 0.000351% of the population of the United States (or just 35 of every 10 million Americans) has given 96% of the money determining who stays and who goes in the Republican primary.

Paul Blumenthal

Tribes Doubt Jack Abramoff's Conversion | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Monday night, the National Press Club played host to the country's most infamous lobbyist, Jack Abramoff. Sitting in the front row we...

Constitution Check: Did the Supreme Court Give Us Super PACs?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

In the midst of a lively political campaign, with big spending a big issue, even the media can get the Constitution wrong. There is a link, but it is only indirect, between the Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and the rise of super PACs.

Romney Has Some Great Friends Who Are For-Profit College Owners

David Halperin | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
David Halperin

Large donations are troublesome because they suggest the donor will have outsized influence on the politician if elected. It's more troublesome when these great friends own businesses that seek to avoid government accountability for harms to the American people.

It's Not Just Citizens United

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

For those who think that our election system is fundamentally on the wrong track, the only option is to amend the Constitution to allow Congress and the States to do what is necessary to restore some level of sanity to campaign finance rules.

Super Tuesday? More Like Super PAC Tuesday

Rep. John Sarbanes | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Rep. John Sarbanes

Today, voters in ten states will voice their preferences in the GOP's presidential nomination battle. But this year, the so-called Super Tuesday primary is shaping up to be just another act in the new blockbuster, Attack of the Super PACs.


Rep. Ted Deutch | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Rep. Ted Deutch

The factors that would typically lead to a campaign's demise -- the absence of popular support, too few donors -- have become irrelevant in an era where a few billionaires can resurrect campaigns from the dead through Super PACs.

Democracy For Sale

Rachel Lewis | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics
Rachel Lewis

As campaign season heats up, and the eyes of more and more people are focused on the money-fueled circus that our elections are becoming, social media will be a key outlet for exposing excessive corporate influence to one another and building up solutions.

Lawrence Lessig on Campaign Finance Reform: Overturning Citizens United Isn't Enough

Corbin Hiar | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Corbin Hiar

In contrast with many other campaign finance reformers, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig believes fixing the U.S. election system will require more than just overturning the Citizens United ruling, which removed many restrictions on independent political spending.

How the Obama Administration Can Help Montana Get the Supreme Court to Consider Reversing Citizens United

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 04.28.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

This is a chance for President Obama to put his money where his mouth is. An amicus brief from the United States Justice Department would be a powerful statement to the Supreme Court.

Citizens United Revisited? Buckle Up, Chief Justice Roberts

Josh Silver | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

If our current campaign finance system isn't corrupt, what is? A handful of billionaires can decide who the next president will be. If our Supreme Court doesn't find that corrupt, then they are using a very different dictionary than the rest of America.

Is the Stage Set for Citizens United, Round Two?

Thom Hartmann | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Thom Hartmann

Last December, the Montana Supreme Court ignored Citizens United and continued its ban on corporate election spending, upholding the Montana Corrupt Practices Act. But those corporate interests that were upset by this law are now petitioning the Supreme Court to have it reversed.

How Corporate Lobbyists Stole the Conservative Brand

Josh Silver | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

Real conservative Americans should be seriously irked after the Heartland document leak. Think tanks like Heartland falsely brand themselves as conservative while blindly espousing a free market free-for-all that history proves as untenable.