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Trump Is Stocking, Not Draining The Swamp

Carl Pope | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Carl Pope

For investigators of the massive oil and gas corruption that curses the world, the swamp just got more dangerous, because the sunlight was just snuffed out.

Big Money Still Matters In Both The White House And The Senate

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics
Ian Vandewalker

The disproportionate influence of big money reaches beyond Election Day to give wealthy special interests outsized control over our government.

President-Elect Trump, Let's Drain The Swamp!

Steven Mele | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics
Steven Mele

Let me start by admitting that I didn’t vote for you. In fact, let me save your research folks some time; my social media is filled with anti-Trump ...

Democracy Hero: Rep. John Sarbanes (Part Two)

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 12.06.2016 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Last April, as part of Democracy Spring, we marched from Philadelphia to D.C. with four game-changing demands for Congress.

Money And Politics In The Age Of Trump

Daniel I. Weiner | Posted 11.11.2016 | Politics
Daniel I. Weiner

We will be studying what happened for years to come, but let's start with the obvious: Trump may be a (self-described) billionaire, but he won despite having less campaign money -- a lot less.

The Election Day Votes That Could Break Big Money's Grip

Josh Silver | Posted 11.07.2016 | Politics
Josh Silver

In 16 states, counties, and cities across America, citizens are bypassing politicians to put ballot initiatives in front of voters on Tuesday that would fix our broken elections and stop special interests from continuing to dominate our political system.

A Call For The Citizen Leader Of The 21st Century To Step Up

Jeff Clements | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Jeff Clements

At the recent National Citizen Leadership Conference in Washington DC, Former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner brought down the house with her call for "citizen leaders of the 21st Century" to step up now and win the 28th Amendment to the US Constitution.

How The American Political System Changed And No One Noticed

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sometimes, in my fantasies, I perform a private miracle and bring my parents back from the dead to observe our American world. With them in the room, I try to imagine the disbelief many from that World War II generation would surely express about our present moment.

Stay Calm; if you VOTE, Knock on Doors, and make Phone Calls Hillary will be Madam President

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.01.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Elections are stressful and this one more so than other recent ones. It is that way predominantly because of Donald Trump who is everything normal can...

It Is Not Just Wall Street

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

President Hillary Clinton will face the daunting task of seeking to tackle many of the issues that trouble scores of millions of Americans, including but not limited to Trump supporters.

John Bogle Wants Companies to Stop Hiding Their Political Contributions

Nell Minow | Posted 10.24.2016 | Business
Nell Minow

Citizens United invalidated limits on corporate political spending. It is one of the most controversial Supreme Court decisions of this generation and...

Which Companies Keep Political Contributions Secret?

Nell Minow | Posted 10.17.2016 | Politics
Nell Minow

Since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, corporations can make unlimited contributions to political candidates, and most often there is no ...

Proposition 59: The People of California vs. The Roberts Court On Citizens United

Marc Boyd | Posted 10.14.2016 | Politics
Marc Boyd

We must eliminate the corrosive and corrupting influence of big money in politics, and restore the Democratic principles of our Founding Fathers.

The 28th Amendment. A New American Revolution?

David Ropeik | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
David Ropeik

A few key documents - The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights - lay the foundation of the United States. On the surfa...

This Is What I Hear Every Time Hillary Speaks

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

If you can manage to ignore all the negative nonsense and partisan attacks and have followed Hillary's career knowing what she has accomplished over h...

Campaign Finance Reformers Endorse Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The campaign finance reform organization Every Voice made its first endorsement in a presidential election on Friday, backing Democrati...

Why Justice Kennedy Stonewalled A Reporter Who Asked About Citizens United

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.24.2016 | Politics

An investigative reporter tried to catch Justice Anthony Kennedy by surprise with a question about a controversial Supreme Court decision the justice ...

Scott Walker Leaks Reveal Internal Workings Of A Broken Campaign Finance System

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican allies in the state legislature faced challenging recall elections in 2011 and 2012 afte...

Get Corporations Out of Politics: Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

Nell Minow | Posted 09.18.2016 | Politics
Nell Minow

The Supreme Court's Citizen United decision, giving corporations the right to unlimited political contributions usually kept secret from voters and sh...

It's About The Supreme Court, Stupid

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.07.2016 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

For this unenthusiastic Clinton voter--and I'm sure I'm not alone--there are two main reasons for voting for Hillary and urging others to do the same....

Donald Trump's Latest Hire Shows He's No Different Than His Old Republican Foes

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump once denounced his Republican primary opponents as being “totally in cahoots” with the unlimited-money super PACs supp...

THE CITIZENS UNITED RULING IS KILLING OUR DEMOCRACY!

Jackie DeHon, Ph.D. | Posted 08.30.2016 | World
Jackie DeHon, Ph.D.

I know our nation has never quite lived up to our fullest promise, but I always believed that in our democracy The People had a voice. No more.

Progressives Are Still Trying To Buy Their Ticket To Clintonia

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Technically, Hillary Clinton still has to campaign for the presidency and win an election that’s more than two months away. But profe...

The Biggest Bargain Around (on Money & Elections)

Andy Schmookler | Posted 08.17.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

This piece will be running as an op/ed in newspapers in my conservative congressional District in Virginia. Would it be possible for any American lea...

Morris Pearl On The Patriotic Millionaires, Money, And Politics

Nell Minow | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Nell Minow

The Patriotic Millionaires is a group of wealthy advocates for "less political influence for those whose sole credential is the ability to pay for it."