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Citizens United

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.

Clinton's Iowa Game-Changer

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

I will have much more to say about this topic in an upcoming column. For today, take note: Hillary Clinton's support for a national campaign against the corruption of big money in politics is a game-changer and an important moment in the 2016 campaign.

The Age of Insanity (Part 5)

Barry Levinson | Posted 04.13.2015 | Comedy
Barry Levinson

I continue to worry about what I have referred to in past posts as "the age of insanity." Recently I met with R.H. Flutes, my old friend from the Lying Institute of America. Dr. R.H. Flutes was in a jubilant mood because his former student, Ted Cruz, was on the presidential campaign trail.

I Give America 75 Years... 100 at Most

Jim Moore | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is a more present death awaiting Americans, and it, too, involves entropy and ultimate hopelessness.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Makes It Official: She Is Running

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Over the next months, they will hear her platform and policy initiatives and realize that she is the right person to be president. Hillary will run a campaign that will reach out across party lines in the same way she did when she was in the Senate.

Commonwealth Club and Chevron CEO Shamed into Silence

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Following close to 5000 emails and a letter from over 40 environmental and human rights NGOs, a spirited group of activists disrupted the San Francisco Commonwealth Club's annual gala last week.

Giving the Facts a Fighting Chance

Tom Steyer | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Tom Steyer

Last year, I challenged the Koch brothers to meet me for a debate so that we could have an open, transparent exchange of ideas. Unfortunately, they refused, so I'm about to give them another chance. I am formally inviting the Kochs -- again -- to participate in a public debate.

Why I Ditched My Credit Cards for Cash

Ben Cohen  | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Corporate greed and power has overtaken our political system. Recent Supreme Court rulings chose to empower rich donors over voters.

Paul Blumenthal

Bob Menendez Corruption Case Reads Like An Indictment Of Citizens United Ruling, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on public corruption charges is the first bribery case involving the use of corporate polit...

The Role of Super PACs in Menendez Corruption Charges

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Menendez indictment shows that by opening the door for Super PACs, the Roberts Court destroyed candidate contribution limits as a practical matter and has left us with the inherently corrupt system an earlier and far wiser Supreme Court warned the nation about.

Fixing Indiana and Arkansas: Republicans Up Against the Wall

Richard Brodsky | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

This battle is pitting the two wings of the Republican coalition against each other. Social conservatives are being confronted by all kinds of corporate business interests, including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, of all things. It's taken great skill for Republican leaders to paper over this inherent split, but that day is over.

Taking Back Democracy

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

While we support a constitutional amendment to restore the authority of Congress, state and local governments to regulate campaign spending, it's a long-term fight. But there is another way dilute big money's influence.

6 Ways to Get Big Money Out of Politics

Ben Cohen  | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

As gobs and gobs of money in the form of campaign contributions keep congesting our elections, "We the People of the United States" are forced out of this crucial political process. If we want to reclaim our seats at the decision-making table we're going to have to stamp out Big Money.

The Angst of the Rich and Powerful

Mike Lux | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

Millionaire bundlers for presidential candidates are feeling hurt that candidates, now more focused on billionaires, aren't courting them in the manner to which they are accustomed. And the angst of these millionaires is bipartisan. The ultimate pal for Wall Street and big money in the Democratic Party may fall to a crashing defeat: Rahm Emanuel is in real trouble.

How to Build Your Own Political Dynasty: An Instruction Manual

Madeleine Colbert | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Madeleine Colbert

Regardless of how you define it, we can agree that these familial connections exist in today's politics -- a 2016 presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush is very possible. How do you start building your political dynasty? Unfortunately, someone has to do the hard work and pave the road to a political office.

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."