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IRS Appears Headed Toward

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen appears to be headed toward issuing new IRS regulations that will continue to license section 501(c)(4) groups to improperly launder massive amounts of secret contributions into federal elections.

Does Anger Rule the 2016 Presidential Election?

Tom Pappalardo | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Tom Pappalardo

The feckless elite media is focusing on the anger of politicians not the anger of voters.

Mitt Romney: 'We've Gotta Rethink Campaign Finance'

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called for campaign finance reform in the wake of the explosion of super PACs, which...

Americans Agree On One Thing: Citizens United Is Terrible

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of Chief Justice John Roberts taking the helm of the Supreme Court, and as academics and journalists loo...

Super PAC Contributions Can Be Considered Bribes: Judge

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A district court judge on Monday dismissed four corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and his donor Salomon Melgen, ...

Lobbying as Business and Business as Lobbying

Nell Minow | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics
Nell Minow

In an interview, Lee Drutman explained the self-perpetuating forces behind the rise corporate political spending and what he recommends for finding better balance between the information and access available to those who have corporate treasuries to spend and those who do not.

'We the People' Not 'We the Corporations'

Ben Cohen  | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Citizens United brought about a new order. It established a corporate right that privileged corporations--as if there was a newly recognized corporate personhood that trumped "We the People." Citizens United has hurt the American people.

No, Scott Walker's Super PAC Donors Didn't Waste Their Money

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

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National Political Parties Walk Away From Ordinary Americans to Chase Super Rich for Million Dollar Donations

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

There was no public debate or awareness of the issue because House and Senate leaders knew that it could never stand up to public scrutiny. This abuse of the legislative process has now come to full fruition.

Millennials Feel the Bern

GVH Live | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
GVH Live

Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop in Manassas, Virginia just hours after speaking at a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Liberty University was founded by the late-pastor, Jerry Falwell, and is considered to be one of the most conservative academic institutions in the country.

Campaign Finance Reform: How Can Change Actually Happen?

Alex Law | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Alex Law

In my campaign, one of the biggest issues I discuss is campaign finance reform because I believe it to be the most fundamentally important reform that America needs right now. Without a change in how money is raised for political campaigns, it will make honest discussions about other reforms incredibly difficult.

Congress Can Rein In the Supreme Court's Ideologues If It Uses Its Authority

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Super PACs are taking in unprecedented amounts of cash, all the while being allowed to conceal the identities of their donors. This amounts to little more than legalized bribery, which the Supreme Court has aided and abetted with their rulings on McCutcheon, Citizens United, and similar decisions.

Warren Buffett: 'I Admire' Bernie Sanders

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

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Memo for the Public: Most of You Agree with Bernie Sanders' Message

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Julie Leininger Pycior

When it comes the question of economic and political power, Middle America yearns for genuine reforms to reverse the trends that they see as threatening their children's future, and the future of democracy itself.

Bobby Jindal's Biggest Donors Benefited From His Administration

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s presidential campaign has been propped up by the $4.6 million he helped two supposedly independent ...

Hillary Clinton Releases Broad Campaign Finance Reform Plan

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will roll out a full plan this week detailing how she w...

Californians May Have a Chance to Vote Down Citizens United

Derek Cressman | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Derek Cressman

California voters could instruct their members of Congress to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in Cit...

Maine Voters Hope To Restore Their Revolutionary Election System

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 1996, Maine became the first state to enact a public financing system for statewide elections, inspiring other places, including Ari...

Calling Out Corruption

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Only three candidates are willing to say that the system is corrupt: Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Lawrence Lessig. But Trump has no solution to the problem, while the other two do.

Fix Capitalism - Join Us!

FIXCapitalism | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics

With the fall of the Berlin Wall, one economic model emerged triumphant. Capitalism--spanning a spectrum from laissez faire to authoritarian--shapes the market economies of all the wealthiest and fastest-growing nations.

Expanding Democracy by Amending the Constitution

Layne Amerikaner | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Layne Amerikaner

Ninety-five years ago today, we added an amendment to the U.S. Constitution saying that women have a right to vote in our elections. While today women's suffrage seems like a no-brainer to everyone -- except maybe Ann Coulter -- it was not an inevitability that simply fell into place.

With the Rise of $uperPacs and Voter ID, Can '16 Be More About Democracy?

Mark Green | Posted 08.23.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

2014-02-03-BothSidesNowLogoPlaincolhirescopy1.jpgShrum vs. Lowry: As billionaires "bid" for President and key swing states disenfranchise millions of minorities and millennials, can the process of Democracy grab more attention than Trump's Hair and Wall? Then: does Donald vs. Jeb = insults vs. results?

Corporate, Koch Money Dominates Early 2016 Senate Race Spending

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race for control of the Senate is already underway -- and it is being fueled by outside groups that do not disclose their donors.&n...

Trump Mocks Campaign Contributions as Court-Sanctioned Influence Peddling Scheme

David Paul | Posted 08.20.2015 | Entertainment
David Paul

If Trumps words are "shockingly insightful" it is only because people have not been paying attention. The shocking part is that a majority of Supreme Court justices still seems to be unwilling to acknowledge that our nation's capital is plagued by a systemic corruption that is rooted in money.

Trump's Big Mouth/Big Money Campaign Is All Too Emblematic of the Era

William Bradley | Posted 08.19.2015 | Media
William Bradley

Donald Trump keeps on saying stupid, hateful things. About Mexicans, women, John McCain, Megyn Kelly... And he keeps on leading the Republican presidential race. Gosh, could there be a correlation?