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Campaign Finance Reform

More Big Money In Politics Awaits GOP Gov's Signature

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

Politicians running for office in Arizona could soon be able to raise far more money from donors if a bill passed by the state legislature is signed i...

Political Spending Reaches Record Highs

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

BOSTON -- Operating with few rules and limited oversight, outside groups spent a record $1 billion to influence last year's election. Politicians of ...

Paul Blumenthal

N.C. Gov, Mini-Koch Target 'Clean Elections' | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In early 2011, after Republicans swept into power in both houses of the North Carolina state legislature, the conservative John Locke Fo...

Paul Blumenthal

State Advances Campaign Finance Reform | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After letting its public campaign financing system become obsolete, Hawaii is finally moving forward with a bill to bring the 30-year-ol...

Paul Blumenthal

Election Reformers See Big Chance In Key State | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics

A coalition of groups calling for public financing of candidates in New York is launching an advertising and grassroots push on Monday to raise awaren...

Lawmakers: Overturn Citizens United

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

The Democratic-controlled West Virginia House of Delegates voted Thursday to call on Congress to enact a constitutional amendment overturning the Citi...

Paul Blumenthal

Obama Campaign Supporters Unleashed In Test Of Grassroots Power | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's reformatted campaign organization held a conference call with New York state supporters Wednesday night to stok...

Obama Group Jumps In To Help New York Governor

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

The reorganized Obama campaign, now called Organizing for Action, is jumping into the New York state legislative effort, pushed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (...

Discovered: A Cure for Political Corruption

Josh Silver | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Josh Silver

Elections have become auctions, and nearly every issue is paralyzed by the overwhelming influence of money. But you knew that. The real challenge is how to fix what has become one of our nation's most pressing political challenges. Despite noble efforts, the public interest community has made little headway over the past 40 years. To break that losing streak, it requires that we rethink reform strategies and go big. Really big. And it requires that we replace cynicism about prospects for success with recognition that giving up is tantamount to giving up on the future of our nation. Democracy cannot and will not survive unless reformers and philanthropists rethink reform completely. The stakes are that high.

Matt Ferner

Sirota Moderates Discussion On Campaign Finance Reform | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.07.2013 | Denver

Political columnist and former Denver radio personality David Sirota is back in Denver moderating a panel on campaign finance reform in his first publ...

Aggregate Contribution Limits Promote Electoral Competition

Jonathan Backer | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

McCutcheon presents an opportunity for the Supreme Court to reaffirm the importance of contribution limits in preventing political corruption and to recognize their role in promoting electoral competition. The Court should adhere to firmly established precedent and uphold the aggregate contribution limit.

Duke Energy Forgives $10 Million Line Of Credit To DNC

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

The Democratic National Committee will not have to repay the full $10 million line of credit from Duke Energy -- the country’s largest electric powe...

Obama's New Advocacy Group Plunges Into Campaign Finance Limbo

The New York Times | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

President Obama’s political team is fanning out across the country in pursuit of an ambitious goal: raising $50 million to convert his re-election c...

Emily Swanson

Americans Don't Agree With This Campaign Finance Case Either | Emily Swanson | Posted 02.23.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court announced this week that it would hear McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a case challenging the cap on the total amount tha...

Supreme Court Could Create System of Legalized Bribery in Washington Depending on Its Decision in McCutcheon Case

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

There are enormous stakes for the country in the campaign finance case the Supreme Court agreed to review this week.

Kathleen Miles

CALIFORNIA VS. CITIZENS UNITED | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.21.2013 | Los Angeles

California voters are poised to become the largest electorate to decide whether to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Sup...

Former Obama Adviser Has Odd Idea To Clean Up Elections

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

David Axelrod, the former top political adviser to President Barack Obama, called for the end of candidate contribution limits as a way to wrest contr...

Paul Blumenthal

AGAIN?! Supreme Court To Tackle Campaign Finance | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will hear a case challenging the per-biennial cycle limit on campaign contributions from ind...

Paul Blumenthal

Obama Omits Big Issue From SOTU For First Time | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Campaign finance reformers and government watchdogs were disappointed Tuesday night when President Barack Obama failed to include any me...

Paul Blumenthal

Senator Lays Out Plans To Defeat Dark Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Calling the lack of disclosure on hundreds of millions of dollars in spending during the 2012 election "egregious" and "offensive," Sen....

Bringing Dark Money to Account

Timothy Karr | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The shadowy super PACs and front groups that polluted the airwaves with political ads last year are already raising millions from corporations and billionaires to batter television viewers with a new wave of ads.

Non-political nonprofit's spending spikes in election years

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave LevinthalThe Center for Public IntegrityPro-business powerhouse Americans for Job Security cannot, by federal law, make politics its primary...

Paul Blumenthal

Obama's New Campaign Gets Very Mixed Reaction | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The relaunch of President Barack Obama's reelection campaign as an issues-based nonprofit called Organizing for Action (OFA) has been me...

Dear Mr. President: For Real Progress, We Must Break the Power of Big Money

Bob Edgar | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The 2012 elections showed just how broken our elections are, with millions discouraged from voting due to antiquated registration laws, voter intimidation and misinformation, and the manipulation of voting laws for political gain.

Happy Birthday Citizen's United, the Most Naïve -- or Cynical -- Supreme Court Decision of the Past Century

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

While 2012 wasn't as successful for the mega-contributors as 2010, should we conclude that money doesn't influence politics? Hardly.