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Campaign Finance Reform

Joy to the Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 12.21.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

In keeping with the figgy-pudding and potato latke traditions of the holidays, here's a recipe for delivering joy to workers so that they can spread holiday merriment.

Campaign Finance Reformers Use The Force To Gain New Supporters

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

With the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" imminent, there is high expectation that political and policy campaigns will use the Force -- the l...

The Public Should Pay for Elections So Politicians Can't Be Bought

Dave Palmer | Posted 12.17.2016 | New York
Dave Palmer

Until election campaigns in New York State are publicly funded, getting rid of bad-apple politicians won't do much. The whole tree is rotten.

New Tax Documents Show How Secret Money Infects Campaigns on Both Sides

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 11.26.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

New tax documents released last week confirm what we've known for years: sophisticated political operatives on the right and the left continue to use phony social welfare organizations to pump tens of millions of anonymous dollars into our elections.

My Letter To Bernie Sanders' Campaign

Pearl Korn | Posted 11.19.2016 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Solutions are the overarching issue that need to be detailed and presented to the American people. Can you tell me how this is being addressed by Bernie? Without addressing "da money," there can be no 12-point Bernie platform that can be delivered and become a reality.

Clinton Campaign Defends 9/11 Remark By Pointing To 9/11

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics

Hillary Clinton incited a broad backlash during the most recent Democratic presidential debate by suggesting that her popularity among Wall Street don...

For Progressives, the Choice Is Clear: Lindsey Graham. Wait, what?!

Brian Boyko | Posted 11.16.2016 | Politics
Brian Boyko

It may seem like cognitive dissonance, but I like Graham. Graham respects the separation of powers and has logical, internally consistent (wrong) decisions that he sticks to out of principle.

College Student Makes Winning Video Calling for Campaign Finance Reform

Rio Tazewell | Posted 11.13.2016 | Politics
Rio Tazewell

No matter whether you identify as progressive, conservative, or somewhere in between, it's likely you agree with a majority of Americans on at least one thing: there is too much money in politics.

Blueprints For Renovating Democracy

Nick Penniman | Posted 11.13.2016 | Politics
Nick Penniman

For too long the models for reducing corruption in America have only been known by a small group of good-government reformers. It's like ancient medicine that you have to find a shaman in some remote part of the globe to be able to get.

Harry Reid Joins Call For Obama To Take Action On Dark Money

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers, joined for the first time by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), have a message for President Barack Obama...

Why Donald Trump Is Terrible For Campaign Finance Reform

Geng Ngarmboonanant | Posted 11.09.2016 | Entertainment
Geng Ngarmboonanant

Even if we believe that self-funded campaigns are less prone to quid pro quo transactions between candidate and donor, surely a system where billionaire politicians hold extraordinary advantages over regular politicians is just as corrupt.

Learning From History How to Curb Corruption

Richard L. McCormick | Posted 11.06.2016 | Politics
Richard L. McCormick

Americans are heirs to a long tradition of fighting to abolish political practices that stand corruptly in the way of solutions to the country's most serious problems.

Campaign Finance Reform Brings Former Lawmakers Together

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan coalition of more than 100 former members of Congress, governors and cabinet secretaries joined together on Thursday to ann...

In Maine, Lessons for Money in Politics Activists

Marc Caplan | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Marc Caplan

Mainers sent the nation a message on Tuesday, strongly approving a money in politics ballot initiative that puts control of elections back in the voters' hands and reduces the power of big money.

A Social Justice Case for Campaign Finance Reform

Talmon J. Smith | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Talmon J. Smith

In the Jim Crow South, before blacks had their turn to vote, states often held a white primary -- so that even in districts where blacks were the majority, black political priorities were nullified and black voters were subjected to picking from a crop of 'general election' candidates preselected by the white population.

Maine, Seattle Pave Next Path For Campaign Finance Reform

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voters in Seattle and Maine went to the polls Tuesday night and supported ballot initiatives to reform their campaign finance laws an...

Anthony Kennedy's Citizens United Disclosure Salve 'Not Working'

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy penned the 2010 Citizens United decision allowing corporations and unions to spend unlimited ...

Glass-Steagall's Political Firewall

Adam Levitin | Posted 10.27.2016 | Politics
Adam Levitin

Until the political importance of Glass-Steagall is recognized, financial reform is doomed. Captured regulators will implement milquetoast versions of reform laws, and Congress will entertain amendments to slowly repeal the reforms.

What It's Like To Be A 24-Year-Old Woman Running For Congress

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women

Sometime late last winter, I sat across from Lindy Li at a Manhattan hotel and asked her to repeat herself when she told me she was running for Congre...

The Biden Scenario

Jeff Wald | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Jeff Wald

The Answer to Trump, Fiorina, Carson & Sanders: Draft Joe Biden & Team

Campaign Finance Reformers Want Details At Democratic Debate

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Campaign finance reformers don’t want to just hear denunciations of the rising role of big money in politics from the Democratic presi...

Marco Rubio ISO Billionaires For Heavy Campaign Petting

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

Even as the Democratic candidates gather in Las Vegas for the first of their party's primary debates, some consequential news is emerging from Sin Cit...

Hmm, This Dark Money Org Seems To Exist Just To Help Marco Rubio

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

For a long time, I've been pointing out that the rumors of a "firewall" between the activities of political candidates and the activities of the dark ...

Martin O'Malley Proposes Overhaul Of Campaign Finance System

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the two leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination released their eye-popping fundraising totals for the last thre...

Seattle Could Create An Entirely New Way To Fund Elections

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a little over a month, Seattle voters will go to the polls with the opportunity to create a brand new, first-in-the-country system of...