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Campaign Finance Reform

In The Public Interest: In the Nick of Time for Democracy

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

The DISCLOSE Act, the core legislative reaction to the overwhelmingly unpopular Citizens United decision, comes in the nick of time. If it passes, it ...

'Casino Jack' Discussion (VIDEO): Ryan Grim Hosts Discussion On Lobbying, Campaign Finance Reform

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Do you know where your politicians are getting their money? Join The Huffington Post's Ryan Grim Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST for a discussion about ...

Campaign Contribution Records Are Open, But Hardly Transparent

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In January, the United States Supreme Court overturned limits on corporate election spending (PDF), basing its decision, in part, on the assertion tha...

Obama Will Fight For New Campaign Finance Rules To Counter Citizens United

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday pressed Congress for swift action on measures to restrict political advertising by corporations ...

Lucia Graves

Founding Fathers Crash Corporate Fundraisers | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Volunteers dressed up as George Washington, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Betsy Ross took to the streets in a trolley tour of congressional fundr...

Supreme Court Rejects RNC's Soft Money Appeal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday reaffirmed a ban on unlimited contributions to political parties, rejecting a Republican Party appeal ...

After Supreme Court Ruling, Time for a Campaign Finance Transplant Instead of More Band-Aids

Bob Kerrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Kerrey

The DISCLOSE Act is good start at addressing the expected upsurge in independent political spending to influence elections, but may fall far short of addressing the source of the problem: direct special interest funding.

Disclose Act Isn't Nearly Enough, With or Without the "NRA Exemption"

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

If Congress fails to act on the constitutional amendment to reverse the Citizens United ruling, there's another option: a constitutional convention.

After Health Care: Now the Harder Part

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Radical change is required in at least three areas: the financial system; the military; and energy policy. The first two have to be downsized, and our dependency on fossil fuels has to be minimized.

Sam Stein

Rep. Van Hollen: GOP Pulling Wool Over Tea Party's Eyes On Campaign Finance Reform | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaking the day after passing sweeping campaign finance legislation through the House of Representatives, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) scoffed at th...

Senate Should Level DISCLOSE Act's Playing Field

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

"Special deal" lawmaking is precisely what keeps Americans disgusted with politics in Washington. And it ultimately could lead to the undermining of even more laws that are meant for the public's good.

Sam Stein

DISCLOSE Act: House Passes Major Campaign Finance Legislation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: The House of Representatives passed major reforms to campaign finance law on Thursday following a heated debate over whether an exemption gran...

Sam Stein

House Passes Major Campaign Finance Legislation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: The House of Representatives passed major reforms to campaign finance law on Thursday following a heated debate over whether an exemption gran...

Democrats Take NRA Cash, Block Disclosure

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

This is not the first piece of sensible legislation that NRA-backed Democrats have jeopardized because of their allegiance to the NRA and the money it pours into their campaigns. But now is the time for this to stop.

Sam Stein

Dems Delay Campaign Finance Bill As Senate GOP Balks At Support | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats in Congress are pushing back plans to introduce comprehensive finance reform legislation as a short workweek and an inability to find a Repu...

Why Our Nobles Betray Us

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

It's profoundly naive to expect politicians and mainstream media to fix things. Why is a television anchor making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year going to look to change the system? He loves the system. The system pays the bills.

NRA "Warriors" Go Rogue on DISCLOSE Act

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The NRA's political power is neither as monolithic nor as seamless as the organization would like its political opponents to believe.

Sam Stein

Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Huge Wave Of Good-Government Efforts | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last week's Supreme Court decision in the Citizens United case has created the ripest environment since the Jack Abramoff scandal to implement tough n...

Sam Stein

DISCLOSE Act Supporter: Supporting NRA Loophole 'Not Fun For Anyone, Believe Me' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Advocates of a bill to force more disclosure of the funding behind corporate campaign ads say that reformers should still support the bill even after ...

Exclusive NRA Deal for Campaign Law?

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Under H.R. 5175, every other group would have to report names of people who donate at least $600 for election activities. Every. Other. Group -- the Sierra Club, the AFL-CIO -- except the NRA.

Stuart Whatley

Citizens United Response To Be Very Limited, Will More Meaningful Reforms Follow? | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The DISCLOSE Act was already going to fall far short of sparing the 2010 campaign field from the effects of Citizens United, but it could have at least served as a symbolic gesture towards transparency and functional governance.

Why Term Limits Don't Work

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don McNay

Like much of America, I'm down on professional politicians. I'm tired of people getting in office to line their pockets, suck up to lobbyists and constantly run for re-election.

S.F. Democratic Races Show Need for Reform

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Paul Hogarth

Candidates for the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) have reported fundraising numbers for the period ending March 17th - and t...

The Supreme Court Says No to the People - Again

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

We need a constitutional amendment rejecting the anti-democratic course this Supreme Court has chosen. An amendment that establishes an equitable, public campaign financing system that levels the playing field.

Corporate Special Interests for Controls on Campaign Spending?

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Love

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the US Supreme Court has presented the United States with an astonishing future of unlimited spending on campaigns by corporations. We are facing the possibility of a true failed state.