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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.

Here's Why Bernie Sanders Is Polling So Well

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

A popular issue that Senator Sanders has made his own is reform of the minimum wage. The current federal minimum wage is set at $7.25. Americans instinctively know that it is no longer possible for individuals to live on such a wage.

No Last Hurrah for Big Money in Politics

Steve Early | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Steve Early

For Richmond residents whose recollections are fading, we now have a fascinating 90-minute video history of that campaign. Entitled Nate Bates for Mayor, it provides a timely reminder of the stakes involved in a key Left Coast battle against big money in politics that resonated nationally.

The Elders Are All Right: Why Hundreds of Seniors Plan to Risk Arrest This April in Washington

Joseph Huff-Hannon | Posted 03.14.2017 | Politics
Joseph Huff-Hannon

Lynne Iser has plans to get arrested next month, and she wants hundreds of other elders by her side when she does. The campaign has been endorsed by over 100 organizations (including the one I work for, Avaaz), and counts a number of celebrities and public figures among those pledging to risk arrest in nonviolent civil disobedience.

Oil And Gas Industry Has Pumped Millions Into Republican Campaigns

The Guardian | Casey Williams | Posted 03.03.2016 | Business

Fossil fuel millionaires collectively pumped more than $100m into Republican presidential contenders’ efforts last year – in an unprecedented inve...

Bernie or Hillary, the Difference Is YUGE

D. C. Rutledge | Posted 03.02.2017 | Politics
D. C. Rutledge

Where a candidate stands on the issues should be of utmost importance when deciding who to give your vote to, and, because of that, I am happy to expound on some of those crucial differences here.

An Open Letter to My Fellow Young Americans: We're Getting Screwed

Ben Brown | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics
Ben Brown

Young Americans are fighting an uphill battle against a huge list of social, financial, and political issues that must be solved.

Maybe It IS a Single-Issue Election

Michael Winship | Posted 02.20.2017 | Politics
Michael Winship

Ultimately, deep down, no matter the candidate, the fact is there is only one true issue here in these United States. As a banker says in The Mark and the Void, Paul Murray's recent novel, "What's the one reliable area of growth in the twenty-first century? Inequality." Now let the booing commence.

Clintons Press Panic Button With Sanders at Their Nevada 'Firewall'

William Bradley | Posted 02.14.2016 | Media
William Bradley

An inconclusive Thursday night debate and trouble in the next contest state have led Hillary Clinton to a sharp change in her once dominant presidential campaign. Her media image of inevitability has rapidly diminished, turning her campaign into a war of attrition.

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 Str...

Hillary Clinton Goes Rogue about Political Contributions

Cody Cain | Posted 02.07.2017 | 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 h...

Baring It All for Campaign Finance Reform

The Heller School | Posted 02.08.2017 | 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 02.02.2017 | 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 f...

Let's Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.28.2017 | 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.

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 gave...

Ohio Should Send a Campaign Finance Reform Champion to the Senate

Jessica Adair | Posted 01.21.2017 | 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

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) really doesn't like idea that President Barack Obama could use executive power to make mo...

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

The Huffington Post | Mariam Baksh | Posted 01.06.2017 | 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 more important...

We Need a Revolution

Walker Bragman | Posted 01.19.2017 | 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 01.05.2017 | 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.