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Making the Economy Work for the Many and Not the Few #12: Most Important of All, Get Big Money Out of Politics

Robert Reich | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Robert Reich

At the rate we're going, the 2016 election is likely to be the most expensive in history -- and the moneyed interests will be responsible for most of it. Our democracy is broken, and we must fix it. Easy to say, but how do we do it?

When $4 Billion Isn't Enough, It's Time to Rethink Our Elections

Luke Squire | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Luke Squire

The dust from the 2014 election is still settling, but at over $4 billion spent on the midterm elections, this campaign season was record breaking. And with the average American household earning $53,046a year, regular citizens cannot participate in elections.

The New Oligarchy

Jay Mandle | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Jay Mandle

With state and federal incumbents dependent on wealthy donors, it is unrealistic to think that they will pass legislation to reverse economic inequality. Their patrons will look unfavorably upon such initiatives.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Depressing Finding About 2012 Election | Katy Hall | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Despite President Obama's highly trumpeted support from small donors, the 2012 elections hit a new low in political contribution inequality. Twent...

"They Know We Know It."

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

"There's another challenge that we must address and it is the corrupting force of the vast sums of money necessary to run for office. The unending cha...

Election Day Dawned Clear and Bright

Frank A. Weil | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

When will the public wake up to the pointlessness and waste in campaign finance? If the president can now strong-arm the Congress to pass a version of the original Simpson-Bowles plan, the election will have been a success

Sam Stein

RNC Using Recount Fund To Inflate Cash On Hand | Sam Stein | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee has counted more than $5 million in contributions it cannot use to help Republican candidates until af...

Gnawing Away at American Democracy

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

It wasn't too long ago when our democracy (one of the oldest in the world) was the envy of all other countries -- countries that were (and are still) ...

Billionaire Dispatches From the Convention: Day 2

Clifford J. Tasner | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Clifford J. Tasner

So what if a few citizens with funny-sounding names are getting purged from the voter rolls? I'll bet a lot of the countries these people came from didn't even have voting.

It's the Need for Campaign Contributions That's the Problem

Todd Phillips | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

Money is merely a symptom of the root problems of disconnect -- nearly all of the problems with our government can be traced back to the disconnect between citizens and the government.

Welcome to the Future: The "People's" Super PAC+ Looks Ahead

Beth Broderick | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Beth Broderick

We must look at new ways to build coalitions that can promote big D democratic values. We need to get past our myopic obsession with "likely voters" and start reaching out to the constituencies that vote occasionally or are registered, but do not participate.

Sam Stein

The Mitt Romney Campaign Fundraising Plan: Spend Money To Make Money | Sam Stein | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sometime in early February, top aides to Mitt Romney realized they had a major problem on their hands. The presidential campaign was spe...

Dave Jamieson

Life-Saving Regulation Languishes As Campaign Money Flows | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal rule meant to protect the lungs of workers has been caught in bureaucratic purgatory for more than a year now, frustrating pub...

Sam Stein

Mitt Romney Burn Rate Hurts Campaign In Critical Stretch | Sam Stein | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

If January's trend lines held through February, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign ran out of money two days ago. The former Massachusetts govern...

Bought Justice and the Supreme Court

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

If belief in the integrity of the Supreme Court frays, the Court's power will fray as well. This is in no one's interest. We need a system of justice, but a system of justice that serves all of us.

Nico Pitney

FundRace: CNN's Bill Bennett Never Disclosed GOP Donations | Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last December, conservative author and CNN election analyst William J. Bennett gave over two thousand dollars to Sen. John McCain's presidential campa...

Thomas B. Edsall

'08 Campaigns Flooded With Cash, Save GOP Frontrunner | Thomas B. Edsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This was supposed to be the election year of big bucks. But John McCain, who has taken firm hold of frontrunner status, began 2008 with his campaign $...