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Citizens United v Federal Election Commission

Will Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Stand Up To Him?

Dorothy Samuels | Posted 01.30.2017 | Politics
Dorothy Samuels

On Tuesday night, President Trump will officially announce his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death ...

Your Government Won't Change... Unless You Do

Jennifer Hoelzer | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Jennifer Hoelzer

What’s wrong with government?I know, you think you know the answer, but I’m pretty sure you don’t. Because the problem isn’t lobbyists, greed...

Unhappy Anniversary, Democracy... But Together We Can​ Fix You

Sen. Tom Udall | Posted 01.22.2017 | Politics
Sen. Tom Udall

Six years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court created a Wild West of campaign finance regulations. With their decision in Citizens United, five justices set the stage for a flood of secret special interest money trying to buy elections nationwide.

Ohio Should Send a Campaign Finance Reform Champion to the Senate

Jessica Adair | Posted 01.21.2017 | Politics
Jessica Adair

A recent poll showed that 78 percent of Americans -- Republicans, Democrats and Independents alike -- want to overturn Citizens United. This year, let's make sure that the 78 percent support candidates who will work for us. Let's support a candidate like Ted Strickland.

Money Talks

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 01.05.2017 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

In Plutocrats United, Richard Hasen provides a careful and compelling analysis of the role of money in American politics and proposes a legal strategy to reform campaign financing to give all Americans a meaningful opportunity to participate in elections.

Why We've Been Duped by Presidential Fundraising Numbers

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Linsey Pecikonis

Just last week, the political establishment was a flurry with news over which 2016 presidential candidate raked in the most money. Ever since the Citi...

Who Is Citizens United? (WATCH)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

As we mark the 5th anniversary of the disastrous Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. FEC, it is worth heeding: Who is Citizens United, and how did they manage to subvert generations of campaign finance laws?

Activist Comics: Constitutional Amendment

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 01.22.2015 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

It might seem radical to have a Constitutional Convention over something like Super PACs, the unenforceable slush funds that have flourished as the latest billionaire accessory. But you know what is even crazier? Passing a Constitutional Amendment BANNING ALCOHOL.

Citizens United? Latinos, Blacks, Wage Earners and All of Us

Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D.

Beware the thinking that the midterms draw a lower voter turnout and that recently won seats will be up for grabs come 2016. For those remotely left of center, whatever that means anymore, who think that this day after the election was a mighty hangover, just wait.

An Election Day Carol

Robert Reich | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

In the early hours of Election Day, before dawn reaches the nation's capital, Justice Anthony Kennedy is suddenly awakened by someone standing next to his bed. "Who are you?" demands the Justice. "I am the ghost of Election Day Past."

Why Should the Federal Election Commission Listen to You?

Rick Claypool | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Rick Claypool

You might have noticed our election system is kind of a mess. It wasn't great before the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United ruling -- and it's now so overrun with billionaire-backed sham campaigns and corporate sock puppet groups that it's hard to believe any candidate capable of challenging rule by the One Percent can win.

We Can Put An End to Pay to Play

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

What is Pay to Play? Commonly held, pay to play is a form of getting a special deal because you paid someone off.

Four Years Later, Super PACs Still Misunderstood

Center for Public Integrity | Marcelo Rochabrun | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

By Marcelo Rochabrun Center for Public Integrity This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, non...

If Corporations Are People, Why Aren't Their Executives Treated as Such When They Break the Law?

David Fagin | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
David Fagin

You gotta love this country. If nothing else, we're original. One on hand, the Supreme Court declares that, yes indeed, a corporation is, in fact, a ...

Igor Bobic

Harry Reid Proposes Changing Constitution To Block The Koch Brothers | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday called for amending the U.S. Constitution to bar big money donors from having an ...

Wide Majorities Losing Faith In John Roberts' Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

An overwhelming majority of voters would support sweeping reforms to the Supreme Court, as trust and confidence in the institution has eroded in recen...

A God Who Hates Bribes: A Religious Response to the McCutcheon Ruling

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

The impact of this phenomenon on politics and on our society is the same as bribery's. To argue otherwise reflects either a profound naïveté or the total divorcement of law from real life.

At Last! Victory For the Old System! America Takes Another Step Toward Monarchy!

Matthew Chapman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

As an Englishman I'd like to congratulate the Supreme Court of the United States for bringing America one step closer to monarchy.

Ready for Hillary Courts Super PAC Skeptics

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

Like other super PACs, Ready for Hillary can trace its origins to the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which helped paved the way for political action committees to raise unlimited sums of money to call for the election or defeat of candidates.

Amanda Terkel

Lawmakers More Likely To Meet With Campaign Donors Than Constituents, New Study Finds | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In its famous Citizens United decision in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to big spending by outside groups, rejecting the ...

FEC Wants Millions in New Cash to Fix Security Woes

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organi...

Audit: FEC Still in 'Significant' Danger of Hacking

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Dave Levinthal December 30, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan invest...

White House stays mum on troubles with election regulator

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

December 23, 2013This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organiz...

IRS Sets Its Sights on Political 'Dark Money'

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

the Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curtail "social welfare" nonprofit groups' ability to influence elections while concealing their donors.

Bernie Sanders: Billiionares Cannot Dictate Public Policy

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) delivered an impassioned speech on campaign finance on the Senate floor on Monday, blaming the Supreme Court's famous 2010...