Any day now, the Supreme Court will decide whether to throw out the overall limits on how much any one person can contribute to federal candidates, PACs, and political parties.
With the latest campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. FEC, the rich might have even more power headed their way.
By Dave Levinthal February 27, 2014...
The IRS's proposed rule has run into the bugaboo that has plagued the Supreme Court and election administrators for years: how to define "political" advertisements.
If the SCOTUS were to strike down the overall contribution limits in the McCutcheon case, we would be back to the same kind of corrupting contributions that resulted in the Watergate scandals in the '70s and the soft money scandals in the '90s. The legal and political consequences would be enormous.
There is no conflict in using money both to deepen democracy and advance a climate change agenda. The vast sums of money earmarked to support environmentally friendly candidates could better be used to fund grassroots organizing.
So whether this movement is called "populist" or "Progressive" or plain old "liberal," what matters is that it is starting to see success in its efforts to ensure that the well-being of the People becomes our leaders' first and foremost priority again, and not that of the handful of self-indulgent corporatists.
American Crossroads was the top-spending super PAC during the 2010 midterm elections, at roughly $22 million. And during the 2012 election cycle, it spent about $105 million -- more than every other super PAC, with the exception of pro-Mitt Romney group Restore Our Future.
Ever since the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United v. FEC, big polluting, big money campaign donors have been allowed to wreak havoc on our democracy. Today, we're taking some important steps to fight back.
Voter owned elections is not a panacea. There will be more work to be done, but it is the baseline for action, if the government is ever going to represent the vast majority of people.
Walmart and other multi-national corporations have made Brown the richest candidate in the country. No wonder the governor is indifferent to inequality.
Maybe the real scandal is what's not considered scandalous! ...
Only in the warped, distorted, Alice-in-Wonderland world of Wall Street would one think "Washington went to war against big Wall Street banks" or that "Washington won [the war] in a blowout," as said today in a Politico article.
By Dave Levinthal January 14, 2014...
The torrent of unidentifiable, but generously funded spending on our elections unleashed by Citizens United decision is destined to grow in 2014 and beyond.
By Dave Levinthal January 10, 2014...