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Citizens United

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?

We're Still In The Dark About Some Super PAC Donors

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Super PACs, the political action committees fueling the early presidential advertising wars, are supposed to transparently disclose whe...

What Donald Trump Does Right

Suraj Patel | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Suraj Patel

If Mr. Trump is to have any chance to build support beyond his xenophobic base, he should embrace his born again moment as a reformed big money donor.

These Dark Money Groups Shed Some Light On Secretive Megadonors

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two Pennsylvania-based nonprofits that have funded everything from a super PAC supporting Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) to education privatiza...

The Clinton Campaign Didn't Learn from History: Underestimating Barack, Underestimating Bernie

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Bernie seems to be an alternative to the politics of Clinton. That makes him a threat to the "billionaire" class he is wont to criticize, to Super PACs fueled by Citizens United, and to establishment politicians like Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton ignores Bernie Sanders at her own peril.

17 Republican Candidates Is Not a Clown Car, It's Citizens United

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
J.J. Colagrande

One might think 17 is too many to navigate through, and in some ways it is, but these guys (and one gal) are all legitimate and qualified contenders. The 2016 Republican field is 10 times stronger than last cycle.

Jeb Bush Super PAC Donors Also Spend Big To Influence Washington

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A number of donors giving eye-popping sums to a super PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's presidential campaign are also majo...

The Fight For Voting Rights Is Our Fight Today

Bernie Sanders | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Bernie Sanders

It is an embarrassment that the Republican-led Congress has refused to consider legislation to repair that damage to the Voting Rights Act. We are facing a two-pronged attack on our democracy -- unlimited money poured into the political process, paired with the systematic suppression of the vote.

Citizens United: The Cash Cow That's Killing Endangered Species

Noah Greenwald | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Noah Greenwald

The dramatic increase in legislative attacks on endangered species in Congress, despite broad public support for the Endangered Species Act, provides yet another example of the degree to which unregulated campaign contributions are perverting our democracy.

Jimmy Carter Is Correct That the U.S. Is No Longer a Democracy

Eric Zuesse | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Was this former president's provocative allegation merely his opinion? Or was it actually lots more than that? It was lots more than that.

Oligarchy Of Super PAC Megadonors Have Conquered American Politics

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new oligarchic era of American politics came into full view on Friday, as super PACs disclosed fundraising details showing billionair...

Big Checks Power Jeb Bush Super PAC's Unreal Money Haul

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s decision to pretend not to be a candidate for nearl...

Be Careful What You Wish For: Citizens United and the GOP

Steven Conn | Posted 08.01.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Republicans cheered the Citizens United ruling in 2010. Now they have it to thank for the spectacle of Ted Cruz calling Mitch McConnell a liar on the floor of the Senate and Donald Trump leading in the polls.

The Demise of American Democracy and the 2016 Election

Dave Pruett | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Democracy in America is on life support. If we don't soon rally en masse to its defense, corporate interests will pull the plug. Sanders is the only candidate to fully realize what's at stake, to tell the truth, and to articulate what WE, the People, must do.

Maryland Democratic Senate Primary Erupts Over Citizens United

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Maryland's U.S. Senate Democratic primary between Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards, both strong proponents of campaign finance ...

The Perversion of the American Presidency

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Children long have been taught by their parents that anyone in America can grow up to be president. Today that message needs to be revised: anyone can grow up to be president if they are willing to circumvent and break the nation's anti-corruption campaign finance laws, and are willing to genuflect before the nation's wealthiest individuals.

What's Taking Over America

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

If America is to be ruled by whoever commands the most money, it will be the corporate system, far more than individual billionaires, that calls the shots.

Why We Need To Move From Talk To Comprehensive Solutions On Money In Politics

Marge Baker | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

There is no silver bullet. We need a constitutional amendment. But we also need public funds to amplify small donations. And we also need to reduce barriers to the ballot box, and to increase disclosure of political spending.

Politicians Spend Half Their Time Fundraising -- And A Growing Group of Former Politicians Has Had Enough

Nick Penniman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Nick Penniman

The money race causes politicians to lose touch with the people they were elected to represent and to push for policies that serve only their campaign donors. We all know that our democracy functions best when our laws are written by the best people for the job, not the ones who can raise the most money.

Why We've Been Duped by Presidential Fundraising Numbers

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Linsey Pecikonis

Just last week, the political establishment was a flurry with news over which 2016 presidential candidate raked in the most money. Ever since the Ci...

The Same-Sex Marriage Decision Had Everything to Do With the Constitution

Alex Glashausser | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Alex Glashausser

Chief Justice John Roberts pouted. "Celebrate," he sniffed, sounding as festive as Ebenezer Scrooge. "But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it." Actually, the Constitution had everything to do with it.