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Campaign Finance Reform

A Challenge to Americans Elect to Comply With Tax Laws and Campaign Finance Disclosure Laws

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Americans Elect is an organization whose stated goal is "to nominate a presidential ticket that answers directly to voters -- not the political syste...

Hayley Miller

Constitutional Amendment Targets Citizens United Ruling | Hayley Miller | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court may treat corporations like people who can spend whatever they want on elections, but the American people don't have t...

The Art of the Shakedown, From the Nile to the Potomac

Lawrence Weschler | Posted 01.01.2012 | World
Lawrence Weschler

In Uganda, corruption often arises out of desperation. In America, more typically, its wellsprings are greed, pure and simple. And it's hard to decide which is the more dismaying, the more disfiguring, the more disgusting.

Occupied America: Bridging the Divide

Annabel Park | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Annabel Park

How do we define ourselves as a nation and how do we fix what isn't working in America today? This is what has motivated so many Americans to occupy Wall Street and Main Street from coast to coast.

Occupy's Cause

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

The people have lost control of their government. Wall Street, the big banks, and Corporate America are the biggest contributors to the re-election of the Congress, and their lobbyists have seized control.

Occupy Wall Street: Bending the Arc

Pam Spritzer | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Pam Spritzer

After ignoring Occupy Wall Street in its early days, last week the New York Times saw fit to print a front-page story identifying anger as the defin...

Let's Get Money Out And Give America Its Government Back

Jimmy Williams | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics
Jimmy Williams

The Supreme Court continues to insist that corporations are people and that money is speech. I just don't agree. I don't think the Tea Party movement agrees. And I definitely don't think the Occupy Wall Street movement agrees that Exxon is a person.

How to Regain Our Democracy

Cenk Uygur | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Our politicians are bought. The Democrats are bought and the Republicans even more so. Everyone knows it. There is one answer though. It is the one thing that is above Congress and the Supreme Court.

Dan Froomkin

Occupy Wall Street Represents New Hope for Washington Reformers | Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Progressive and public interest groups that have been advocating for years, if not decades, on behalf of the issues now animating the Oc...

Defense: Bloomberg Campaign Operative Gave Slipshod Budget

AP | SAMANTHA GROSS | Posted 12.18.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — A political operative accused of cheating Mayor Michael Bloomberg out of $1.1 million slapped together a slipshod budget for the bill...

Posted Prices and the Capitol Hill Stalemate Machine

Thomas Ferguson | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Thomas Ferguson

The rivers of political money that now swirl 24/7 around Capitol Hill surely play a role in producing the great D.C. stalemate machine. But tired recitations of astronomical campaign-finance spending totals don't tell the full story.

The "Occupiers"

Jay Mandle | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

The Occupy Wall Street slogan that represents the movement at its best is a play on the Supreme Court's 2010 outrageous decision allowing unlimited corporate political spending. The banner that declares "This is Citizen's United."

Boomshakalakah! 100k in One Week as the Wave Surges

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

One hundred thousand of us have decided to get money out of politics once and for all. This is a monumental task that we can only achieve with a single shared long-term goal: To force debate and passage of a Constitutional amendment to ban all private money in politics.

Occupy K Street

Marty Kaplan | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

Without campaign finance reform, the future belongs to the big dogs in the money game. I wish Occupy Wall Street would connect the dots between whatever their issues are and the mother of all issues.

Today's Student Activism

Jay Mandle | Posted 11.29.2011 | College
Jay Mandle

Progressive and engaged students perpetually are faced with a dilemma. The logic of their commitments points to political participation, but entry into the system feels like a betrayal of their values.

Paul Blumenthal

The Counter-Reformation: The Fall of Campaign Finance Reform | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

This article is part of a collaboration with MSNBC's "The Dylan Ratigan Show" for the series "Mad As Hell: Get Money Out," that aired Monday and conti...

Jimmy Carter Blasts Supreme Court For 'One Of The Stupidest Rulings Ever'

The Huffington Post | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

At the 30th annual Carter Town Hall on Wednesday, former President Jimmy Carter told his audience he thought the Supreme Court decision to roll back r...

Why the Solyndra Solar Bankruptcy Scandal Is a Big Deal, but Not the Big Deal Republicans are Making of It

Andy Wilson | Posted 11.13.2011 | Green
Andy Wilson

Solyndra had its offices raided last week by federal agents. Some critics have cried foul; others have tried to disparage solar energy itself. These allegations couldn't be further from the truth.

We Have the Power -- A Constitutional Amendment to Take Back Our Government

Ed Koch | Posted 10.30.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

Money has taken over our political system in a way that is simply horrifying. Special interest groups, in particular corporations, unions, Wall Streeters and bankers, dominate our politics. But we are not helpless.

A Bold New Proposal by Howard Schultz to Boycott Campaign Donations

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 10.14.2011 | Business
Fred Wertheimer

Democracy 21 wholeheartedly supports the Schultz proposal to boycott campaign donations to federal officeholders.

Change (We Can Believe in) or Business (as Usual)?

Steve Malkenson | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Steve Malkenson

Perhaps in these extraordinary times it may seem like campaign finance reform is far down the list of priorities, but an argument can be made its at the root of our government's evils.

Democratic Shame: The Supreme Court's View of Corruption Doesn't Ring True

Liz Kennedy | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Liz Kennedy

The 2012 elections are expected to be the most expensive ever, and awash in the secret spending should our leaders fail to enact reforms.

The Opportunity Provided by the "Deal" Debacle

Jay Mandle | Posted 10.04.2011 | Business
Jay Mandle

The right's success rests on one very solid foundation. The American people do not trust their government to serve their interests.

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold Expands Progressives United | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold is expanding his Progressives United operation, launching a 501(c)(4) and a new website on Monday...

Paul Blumenthal

House Democrats Call On White House To Sign Campaign Transparency Order | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of 60 House Democrats led by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) is urging the White House to sign a draft executive order that would req...