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Campaign Finance Reform

Wall Street Was a Slave Market Before It Was a Financial Center

Alan Singer | Posted 03.18.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

December 13, 2011 was the three hundredth anniversary of the law passed by the New York City Common Council that made Wall Street the city's official slave market.

New Yorkers Want a More Accountable Government

Nick Nyhart | Posted 03.18.2012 | New York
Nick Nyhart

As we watch the federal campaign finance system move further and further into the hands of an elite few wealthy Americans, New York will hopefully move in a different direction.

Dan Froomkin

Hate Citizens United? Here's An Idea | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- What do you do when people are growing increasingly angry about the influence of money on the political system -- but that very same pol...

Paul Blumenthal

Stephen Colbert's Super PAC Puts Comedy Central Host In Big Leagues (Part 2) | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics

This is part two of a five-part series by The Huffington Post about Stephen Colbert's ongoing exploration of the nation's campaign finance laws. Read ...

Paul Blumenthal

Colbert's War: Only A Comedian Can Explain Country's Campaign Finance Laws | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.20.2012 | Politics

This is the first part of a five-part series by The Huffington Post about Stephen Colbert's ongoing explanation of the nation's campaign finance laws....

Occupy DC Passes Corporate Personhood Resolution

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 01.15.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Occupy DC's General Assembly passed a "corporate personhood resolution" on Saturday calling for a constitutional amendment ending the "j...

Citizens United or Not -- We Aren't Helpless

Carl Pope | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Carl Pope

Congress has the power to fix our campaign finance system, Supreme Court or no. This Congress won't. But if progressives and the anti-corruption wing of the Tea Party joined forces this fall to demand it, the next Congress could. The solution lies in tax cuts.

How to Invest in a Better World

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Charitable donations aren't enough to keep a society functioning fully. Even in my wealthy suburban town, the painful ramifications of an anemic national and state tax base are painfully evident.

Limiting Real People from Politics Hurts Us All

Sharon Bonner | Posted 03.11.2012 | Denver
Sharon Bonner

The U.S. Constitution mentions voting rights more than any other right. But both locally and nationally, we are witnessing organized efforts to limit eligible voters from casting their ballots.

Dan Froomkin

Citizens United Seen As Root Of Evils By Editorial Writers Across Country | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

The New York Times editorial board has been on a tear lately about the deluge of money overwhelming the 2012 election campaign. In the last several...

End the Obscene Amounts of Money in Campaigns

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.07.2012 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

By limiting incumbents to raising money in their own districts and limiting challengers to specific matching amounts maybe we would finally get to where people in a particular district actually make their own decisions on who will represent them.

Armed With Naïvete

Bill McKibben | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Bill McKibben

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, front outfit for a consortium of corporations, has bragged on its website about outspending everyone in Washington, which is easy to do when Chevron, Goldman Sachs, and News Corp are writing you seven-figure checks.

The Rich Are Different From You and Me: They Don't Care About Jobs and Their Money Buys Politicians

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The rich use their money to legally bribe politicians to support policies that favor themselves over the middle class in the auction that we call elections. And the policies they support are different from those supported by the majority of middle class Americans voters.

On Our Way to Climbing Everest

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

The most critical thing Occupy Wall Street achieved is this: they lit the match that reignited a national conversation about the link between global inequality and government corruption.

How to Turn Election Year Into Election Life

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's clear enough -- or should be by now -- that the electoral process has been occupied by the 1%. They are making money off, and electing a president via, you. Which means that you -- that all of us -- are occupied, too.

Teddy Roosevelt and His 1910 "New Nationalism" Speech, A Call to Arms Against Corporate Money in Federal Elections

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama traveled to Osawatomie, Kansas to make a major speech on his economic policies. According to today's Washington Po...

Saving Our Democracy

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The Constitution of this country has served us well. But when the Supreme Court says that attempts by the federal government and states to impose reasonable restrictions on campaign ads are unconstitutional, our democracy is in grave danger.

City of Angels Becomes First Major Metropolis to Back Getting Money Out of Politics

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

In a symbolic, but significant boost to the movement, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to make L.A. the first major city to endorse a constitutional amendment to overturn Supreme Court decisions that corporations are people and money is speech.

Occupy Needs Lobbyist

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Even if Occupy could agree on one purpose, Occupy wouldn't work because Congress no longer responds to the needs of the people. It only responds to the needs of the lobbyists. The people have lost control of their government.

Social Equality; Economic Inequality

Jay Mandle | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Since the 1960s, a contradictory dynamic has been at work in the United States. The country has become socially more inclusive even as economic inequality has increased.

Shame of Fools

Thomas F. Miller | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Thomas F. Miller

Serious reform in a democracy requires looking in the mirror. As long as money rules the process, your studies and your debates, and even your votes, will make no difference at all.

Hip-Hop Legend Russell Simmons, Member of the 1%, on Why He Supports the 99% and OWS

Democracy Now! | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Democracy Now!

"We don't want Wall Street to control our future, and that's why we're on Wall Street," Russell Simmons said, describing the constitutional amendment he is supporting that would ban private donations for U.S. politicians running for federal office.

The Super Committee Punts, and the Odds Are Stacked Against Small Business

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 01.22.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

What's it going to take for small businesses to finally have a voice in Washington?

Campaign Finance Reform -- Now More Than Ever

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Now is one of those genuine turning points in electoral politics, and this time we as a nation will decide just how much influence we're going to let corporations have over our political system.

Michigan Legislature Sides With DIBC's Money, Not Citizens' Best Interests

Rashida Tlaib | Posted 01.16.2012 | Detroit
Rashida Tlaib

Detroit International Bridge Company's money and influence has manipulated our elected legislative body in such a way that it has completely warped the perceptions of a bill that would have benefited everyone.