The step-by-step guide below is intended to help any user with access to a spreadsheet learn to navigate the site for basic campaign contribution information and then sort the data in a spreadsheet.
The campaign finance deregulation policy rider to the spending legislation signed by the president is a final recognition by politicians of both parties that nothing will be done to prevent or even slow down the seemingly unstoppable march toward even more money in American politics.
It's good for the rich, the powerful, and D.C.'s luxury car rental companies. But the Cromnibus is bad for America, and President Obama needs to step up with his veto pen and do the right thing.
It took just a little while to determine who was responsible for this extraordinary rip off of the American people. But thanks to the excellent work of campaign finance reporters who dug out the story, the fog is now lifted on who did the dirty work.
Politicians love to get in front of a parade that is already underway. Let's make that parade. Let's make the fight to #GetMoneyOut cool. I can't help but view this naked grab at money as a conscious last mouth-stuffing, because they know their time is coming to an end.
If conservatives really want citizens in control or prefer to reduce the power and influence of a few individuals and groups, they could team up with liberals who have pushed this for years.
The past few days have provided vivid evidence that the U.S. government has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wall Street and other wealthy special interests and no longer a government of, by, and for the people.
Not content with the loosened campaign finance rules made possible by Citizens United, the GOP is attempting to pass a stealth provision that would open the big money floodgates even further.
Soon to be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues his efforts to weaken campaign finance law. Check out my latest video.
In light of history repeating itself so completely, one must ask where did all these millions of dollars go if, 12 years later, the very same mistakes, blunders and oversights are being made?
Conservatives on the Court vowed that Citizens United would strengthen American democracy. They were wrong. Five years later, their promises stand in stark contrast to the world we live in today.
Big money is winning, and voters are losing. And the League won't let voters go down without a fight.
America's statutes, policies and regulations (Laws) are designed for a non-digital world -- a world where a taxi was something you hailed on the street, not by clicking a smartphone app. The world of Bricks (i.e., the older traditional economy) and Clicks (i.e, the newer tech-fueled economy) are merging.
If Alexander Hamilton were here, he would tell us that this is the way it should be. The Constitution is designed to prevent the people from having their way. It is a fundamentally undemocratic document designed to prevent change.
The campaign reform message has to change from corruption to economic inequality, and that message will have to be delivered with grassroots efforts in support of charismatic candidates. Mayday's politics are in need of serious change.
The Democratic Party's leadership has said they will release a report in February on what went wrong in 2010 and 2014 to produce such a "shellacking" and what corrective steps must be taken. I, for one, can hardly wait to read it and see if anything has sunk in.