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Nobody Wants Sewer Money Stinking up Congress... Except Congress

Ben Cohen  | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Washington's long streak of bad decision-making often comes down to big money's influence in our political system. Our representatives are fettered to well-heeled special interest groups who help fund their campaigns in America's pricey elections.

Why the 99 Percent Keeps Losing

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Our current political situation is unprecedented. The vast majority of Americans keep falling behind economically because of changes in society's ground rules, while the rich get even richer -- yet this situation doesn't translate into a winning politics. If anything, the right keeps gaining and the wealthy keep pulling away. How can this possibly be? In the face of all these assaults on the working and middle class, there are many movements but no Movement. The Occupy movement, which gave us the phrase, "The One Percent," was too hung up on its own procedural purity to create a broad movement for economic justice. This vicious circle can be reversed, as it has been reversed at moments in the American past. As that noted political consultant Joe Hill put it, as they were taking him to the gallows, "Don't mourn, organize."

Sanders to Senate: If We Don't Overturn Citizens United, Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Unless the campaign financing system is reformed, the U.S. Congress will become paid employees of the people who pay for their campaigns -- the billionaire class. Needless to say, not everyone on the Committee agreed.

Paul Blumenthal

Anti-Citizens United Activists Get Ready For 2016 Presidential Candidates In Iowa, New Hampshire

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the candidates seeking the 2016 presidential nomination flock to Iowa and New Hampshire, they should be ready to answer questions abo...

The New American Order

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and a way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name. The evidence of this is all around us, and yet it's as if we can't bear to take it in or make sense of it.

Paul Blumenthal

Online Payday Lender Pumped Dark Money Into Effort To Beat Back Regulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facing the prospect of imminent oversight by a newly created government regulator, the much-reviled payday loan industry’s lobbying ma...

Most Official Emails Were Not Auto-Archived Until February, Says State Department Official

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 03.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Friday it was unable to automatically archive the emails of most of its senior officials until last mont...

Could Monetary Jiu-Jitsu Mute the Siren Call of Big Money in 2016?

Ben Cohen  | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

This is our chance to tell our politicians face-to-face what we really think: We're sick and tired of big money in politics. We're fed up with elections that look more like auctions. We're disgusted by election laws that permit "legalized bribery."

The Religious Right's Crusade for More Money in Politics

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

A new report by Common Cause highlights a web of large, well-funded conservative religious organizations that have joined forces with Republican political operatives to tear down laws that protect our democracy from special interest influence.

Mr. President, It's Our Moment of Truth

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

From the heartlands of America to our city centers, there are too many folks who don't believe our system works. When citizens are under-served by their leaders, an apathy is fostered that enables corruption and prevents accountability.

Paul Blumenthal

Nonprofit Tied To John Boehner Attacks His Foes In Homeland Security Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The politically active nonprofit closely tied to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is intervening to help the Republican Party leader as he ...

Is a Bolder President Obama Emerging Like a Phoenix From the Ashes of the Midterms, Instead of a Lame Duck?

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Like the swallows returning noisily to Capistrano each spring, Congress has returned to D.C. following another midterm election, this time with the Republicans firmly in charge and already imposing their will on the legislative agenda.

Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land

Robert Weissman | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

As a key first step to shining a light on dark money -- election-related funds whose source remains secret -- the president should issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their election-related spending.

Paul Blumenthal

The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Lead...

Chicago Voters Can Strike Blow Against Big Money in Politics

David Orr | Posted 02.20.2015 | Chicago
David Orr

Our democracy is built on the core principle of a government of the people, by the people and for the people, where all of us get an equal say over who gets elected and the government decisions that affect our lives.

More Money, More Problems: Open Mic at the Federal Election Commission

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Too much money in our elections undermines representative democracy. But the FEC can begin to right its wrongs. It should recommit to enforcing the law and safeguarding democracy. And perhaps sometimes soon, the FEC should invite the public back to the podium for some good old-fashioned free speech -- the kind that doesn't cost a dime.

What the Anti-vax Movement Tells Us About Corruption

Brian Boyko | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

The anti-vax movement does show that even when the government isn't corrupt, when it appears to be, it has dire consequences.

Paul Blumenthal

GOP Consultant Pleads Guilty In First Super PAC Coordination Conviction

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican Party political operative pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally coordinating with a super PAC while he ran a congressional c...

Why I'm Spending $900 Million in 2016 -- And You Should Too

Jonathan Bines | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Bines

If you believe in America, then there really is no excuse for not spending $900 million and joining the great American experiment that is our democracy. You see, $900 million may sound like a lot of money. But according to the Supreme Court, it's not. It's a lot of speech. The Koch Brothers understand this.

We Can't Wait for the Next Watergate Scandal

Ben Cohen  | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

In the 40 years since Congress established strict restrictions on campaign financing, the Chamber of Commerce and the Supreme Court have hacked away at government oversight with their First Amendment sickles.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says The Campaign Field Is 'Being Polluted By Money'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doubled down Wednesday on her belief that Citizens United was the worst decision made by the current U.S. Su...

Republican "Money Primary" Claims Its First "Biggest Loser" in Mitt Romney

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

It's a year before the first actual citizens get to cast their votes in the 2016 Presidential primary election, but the even more important Money Primary is already going full tilt in back rooms, luxury resorts, and billionaire's private homes.

Congressman Can't Get Any Of His Colleagues To Stop Fundraising For 12 Days

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) has promised to forgo fundraising while the House is in session in February -- an effort he's dubbed "Fundraising Free Februa...

'Plutocrat Primary' Looms as First Real 2016 Test

Miles Rapoport | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

In both parties, the first prerequisite for success in next year's White House contest will be a strong performance in the Plutocrat Primary. The candidates who do well there will go into the other primaries and caucuses -- the ones where the rest of us have a vote -- with resources sufficient to drown out their opponents and with big-time obligations to their wealthy donors.

The '16 GOP Field Is 'Off' as Kochs Make Tender Offer for U.S. Gov't

Mark Green | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

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Conason and Clarke debate "Iowa Freedom Summit" and Mitt's failure to launch. Will Walker be the JimmyWho or Bachmann of 2016? With 20 contenders, this contest can't be clown car -- at worst a clown bus. Then: will the Kochs inspire a backlash that helps overturn Citizens United?