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Justice Stevens Rips Citizens United, But Disagrees With Hillary Clinton's Litmus Test

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Showing off his trademark bow tie (and famously polite demeanor), retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens this week again ripped into the Citizens United decision but disagreed with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that overturning it should be a litmus test for a President when choosing Supreme Court nominees.

Plastic Pollution: A Social Justice Perspective

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

We all have different tools in out tool boxes that we can use to fight the power of corporations that place short-term profit over the long-term health and well-being of people and the planet. The time is NOW to use all that we have to stop plastic pollution.

How Doug Hughes Took Free Speech to New Heights

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

And as long as the Supreme Court interprets "free speech" to include spending untold fortunes in elections, it seems fair to also define free speech as a peaceful protest on public grounds, or even public airspace.

Think Millennials Will Abandon Hillary? Don't Bet on It

Ryan Casey | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Ryan Casey

We should not be surprised when Beltway reporters stop the presses to reveal that millennials might abandon Hillary Clinton. We also shouldn't believe it.

The Fight Against Super PACs and Cashola-Fueled Corruption

Ben Cohen  | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

While political bigwigs from both parties have publicly opposed big money in politics, they still plan on using heaps and heaps of it in the 2016 race. Unfortunately, their convictions on campaign reform are squeaking out from inside our currently screwed up political structure.

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans Very Troubled By Clinton Donors See No Conflict With Their Own Dark Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For four months, the Republican Party and its many presidential hopefuls have laid into likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over d...

Clinton Would Only Nominate Justices Who Favor Overturning Citizens United: Report

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 05.16.2015 | Politics

In a private meeting with fundraisers on Thursday, Hillary Clinton said that she would nominate justices to the Supreme Court who support overturning ...

Paul Blumenthal

3 Libertarians Fuel $7 Million Super PAC In Philadelphia's Mayoral Democratic Primary

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voters will cast ballots in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia's mayoral race on May 19, but three libertarian donors from the subu...

Senator Bernie Sanders Launches His Political Revolution for the Presidency of the United States

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has no illusions about what it will take for his campaign -- and the American people -- to overcome the obscene amounts of money controlling our politics and country these days. He sees the effects of this legalized bribery every day in D.C.

Corporate Disclosure Benefits Both Businesses and Democracy

Steve Roth | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Steve Roth

Investors need information about political spending so that they can make informed decisions. Political activity creates risk for companies, as Target discovered in 2010 when it saw boycotts in response to political spending in favor of a gubernatorial candidate who opposed same-sex marriage.

GOP Crowd Applauds Calling Immigrants Rats and Roaches

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

During a focus group led by GOP pollster Frank Luntz at the South Carolina Freedom Summit, the mother-in-law of Citizens United president David Bossie compared immigrants to rats and roaches, to the delight of the audience. Bossie is the organizer of the summit, one in a series of cattle calls for GOP presidential hopefuls.

Why Are Conservatives Abandoning States' Rights for Big Banks?

Paul Bland | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Paul Bland

Why are the Republican Attorneys' General, who go on and on about loving states' rights, trying to roll back the clock to an era when state consumer protection laws were widely stomped out in favor of federal regulatory agencies?

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Puts America's Corporate Elites On Notice

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

(Photo: Andrew Burton via Getty Images) This article is part of a Huffington Post series, on the occasion of the site's 10th anniversary, look...

The Epic Descent Into a Money-Fueled Corruption Pit

Ben Cohen  | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

While nine in ten Americans agree there's too much corporate money in politics, Doug Hughes alone decided to carry out a life-endangering mission to expose Washington's descent into a money-fueled corruption pit.

Paul Blumenthal

Supreme Court Actually Upholds Campaign Finance Restrictions On Judicial Fundraising

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld the right of states to ban elected judges from soliciting campaign contribution...

Money, Money, Money

Gerry Myers | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

There is an old saying, "Money is the root of all evil." While money may not cause evil in all circumstances, it certainly can sway some people toward the path of corruption and bad behavior.

Jason Linkins

Hot Trend For 2016: Even More Extravagant Super PAC Lies And Corruption!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

According to the Associated Press, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is poised to "give [the] traditional campaign a makeover." Which sounds exciting! ...

On Earth Day, Clean Up Our Polluted Planet and Polluted Politics

Christine Pelosi | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Christine Pelosi

The Republican claims are laughable -- but the GOP budget cuts seeking to decimate the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are deadly serious.

Why Some Profit-Hungry Corporations Hate Earth Day

Ben Cohen  | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
Ben Cohen 

Earth day is a reminder that change takes time and work, and decades of commoditized political influence can only be undone by "We the People" through a constitutional amendment that states, "Money is not free speech -- and corporations are not people."

Paul Blumenthal

The Chamber Of Commerce Is Fighting Fiercely To Stop The Scourge Of Corporate Transparency

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This spring, shareholders in more than 100 companies will introduce resolutions calling for greater disclosure of corporations' politica...

Beachside Homes, Private Jets, Rolex Watches, All the Perks of Being a Corrupt Politician

Ben Cohen  | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

There is massive outrage bubbling up in every corner of this country from both conservatives and liberals about how politicians serve big money over We the People.

Marco's Mask and Hillary as the Mom-Next-Door

Mark Green | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

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Rubio's meme is "I'm the future", but models JFK and Obama didn't want to go back to '20s and '50s. Clinton's is "I'm your neighbor's mom", but will GOP Evita-ize her? Lowry and Vanden Heuvel discuss both as well as whether the bi-partisan agreement on Congress's role on Iran Deal is win-win for both parties.

Dollars in Democracy -- Part I: Super PACs

Daniel Kim | Posted 04.16.2015 | College
Daniel Kim

Immense amounts of money from super PACs are flooding in to support politicians. The implications of lobbying are up for debate. However, it seems that lobbying provides a significant amount of political clout going to those with the greatest wealth.

Paul Blumenthal

Montana Republicans And Democrats Unite To Ban Dark Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Montana legislature passed sweeping campaign finance legislation on Wednesday that will require the disclosure of all donors to any ...

If an Ice Cap Melts in the Arctic and the GOP Doesn't See It, Did It Really Melt?

Ben Cohen  | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling five years ago, the influx of big money in politics has distorted Washington's ability to represent the people's interests over corporate interests.