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Citizens United

The Past and Future Truths in the Democratic Party

Steven G. Brant | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Steven G. Brant

Bernie Sanders' "honesty" comes from a new system of truth. Hillary Clinton's "honesty" comes from the old. It's up to each of us to choose which system we want this election to give us. We have a choice.

Jeb! Wants to Overturn Citizens United, But Not to Get Big Money Out of Politics

Michael Keegan | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
Michael Keegan

It's almost hard to imagine a campaign finance landscape more broken than the one we currently have, but Jeb! has done it. As MSNBC's Steve Benen points out, his vision seems to rest on the question: Why have donors give millions to outside groups like super PACs, when you can have those millions just go straight to the candidates?

Will Hillary's Campaign Self-Destruct (again)?

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

Now that Bernie Sanders has won New Hampshire handily, perhaps we should ask whether Hillary's campaign may be repeating its self-destruction of eight...

Former Presidential Candidate Laughed At The Idea Of A Super PAC, Then Lost Immediately

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When he entered the 2012 race for president, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty shot out of the gate. He was the first substantial Republi...

Democrats Are Fuming About Hillary Clinton's 'Smear' Line

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are fuming over presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton's defense of the millions of dollars she made giving speeches to Wall St...

Jeb Bush Raised $100 Million, But Now He's Mad About Citizens United

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush wants to get rid of the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, but it's not because ...

I Support Bernie Sanders Because He Supports Me

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

So you ask us: "How dare Bernie run?" You imply: "How dare you, a Democrat, support his run?" My answer, aside from pointing out that this is a democratic election rather than a Democratic coronation, is simple: I support Bernie Sanders because he supports me.

Friday Talking Points -- Toss of a Coin

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats are down to a head-to-head contest, which was on full display last night. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders made their respective cases fairly well, and the jostling between them for position was notable.

Lawrence Lessig on Overturning Citizens United

Quora | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics

To overturn Citizens United will require either a change of the Court (not implausible, if a Democrat wins, not possible for a generation, if a Republican wins), or a constitutional amendment (unlikely through Congress, possible through an Article V convention).

Can You Walk the Walk When the Shoes Don't Fit? Sanders, Clinton and the New Hampshire Debate

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Last night's Democratic presidential primary debate in New Hampshire included the first question on campaign finance policy so far in the 2016 race.

If Hillary Clinton Isn't Influenced by Wall Street Cash, Then Why Overturn Citizens United?

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Yes, Clinton has a moderate and establishment view of Wall Street reform, but moderate and establishment politics exemplify Wall Street's immense influence. We mustn't anger the investment banks, after all, it's just not realistic or pragmatic.

Plutocrats Not Named Trump Are Paying To Influence The 2016 Race

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Very rich people are playing an outsized role in funding the race for the White House, especially on the Republican side. Newly release...

Zephyr Teachout Already Has Thousands Of Campaign Contributors

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

Progressive law professor Zephyr Teachout declared her congressional candidacy less than a week ago, but has already received campaign contributions ...

Let's Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Americans of every stripe know money corrodes our politics. In a poll last year, the New York Times and CBS found that 85 percent of us think the system for funding political campaigns should be fundamentally changed or completely rebuilt.

Bernie Had Me at 'Revolution'

Annabel Park | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Annabel Park

One reason that so many people didn't take Sanders seriously is precisely because they believed his rhetoric is out of mainstream. Many people associate the word "revolution" with violence. They can't imagine a peaceful one at the ballot.

Bernie Sanders Wants To Kill Citizens United. It's Actually Not That Easy.

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

To commemorate the six-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's reviled Citizens United decision, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) lamented the occasion on...

Noam Chomsky's First Campaign Contribution Was To Bernie Sanders*

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

Radical intellectual Noam Chomsky has supported just two federal political candidates with campaign contributions over the past 18 years. Chomsky gav...

Fool Me Once

Charles Kolb | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Charles Kolb

For too long, campaign-finance-reform advocates have been patient dupes. If Secretary Clinton thinks she can coast to the White House with Obama-style winking and nodding, let's hope she continues to "feel the Bern."

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

Sen. Tom Udall | Posted 01.22.2016 | 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.

Citizens United Celebrates 6 Years Of Giving A Voice To Voiceless Billionaires

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics

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To Fix Politics, Think Beyond Citizens United

Josh Silver | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Josh Silver

Overturning Citizens United is an important and worthy cause, but it is not the panacea so many presidential candidates, pundits, and activists claim.

Ohio Should Send a Campaign Finance Reform Champion to the Senate

Jessica Adair | Posted 01.21.2016 | 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.

Meet The GOP Congressman Who Wants To Overturn Citizens United

Center for Public Integrity | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

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

Here's How We Get Big Money Out Of American Politics

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

This kind of unregulated campaign finance system has resulted in massive corruption scandals in the past. It will do so again in the future. Citizens United has brought an onslaught of big money from the Super Rich who are treating federal campaigns as their political playground.

Six Years Later: Citizens United's Winners Aren't Declared on Election Day

Russ Feingold | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Russ Feingold

As we watch the Republican primary unfold, it's easy to forget for most of the candidates, there are two campaigns. There's only one official campaign, of course, but with one notable exception, every single one of the GOP candidates has a multi-million dollar super PAC supporting them.