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Citizens United

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.

2016 Candidates Raise Millions In Shadow of Super PACs

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The first major quarterly presidential campaign fundraising disclosures came on Wednesday, but they showed barely half the money floodi...

Money Is the Root of Most Evil

Frank A. Weil | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

What I say is not new at all, but it is in a new context, which suggests that it is more important than ever to truly and seriously begin to address the problem systemically.

The Sanders Paradox: Could Hillary Really Be In Trouble?

William Bradley | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Could Hillary Clinton really be in trouble in the Democratic presidential primaries against a self-described socialist senator from tiny Vermont? She could. But not yet.

10 Reasons Bernie Sanders Is 'Rockin' in the Free World'

Stefanie Penn Spear | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Stefanie Penn Spear

It's hard not to #FeelTheBern these days, that is the Bernie Sanders energy that is storming the nation. Just last week Sanders had the largest turnout of any presidential candidate so far in this primary race with nearly 10,000 people attending his speech in Madison, Wis.

How to Defeat Citizens United and Restore America's Faith in Elections

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Future generations will look back at this election and either say that we defeated Citizens United by electing a man serious about defeating the Court's decision, or succumbed to the grip of corporations by voting against the interests of our democracy. America's democracy is in dire need of an honest man.

Paul Blumenthal

Jeb Bush Super PAC Reports Eye-Popping Fundraising Haul

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The key number in the Bush campaign's Thursday announcement that it raised a combined $114 million in the first half of this year was ju...

Paul Blumenthal

How 2016 Candidates Are Pushing Past Campaign Finance Boundaries

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential campaign is in full swing, and as the second national campaign since the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United de...

Is Bernie Sanders Too Radical for America?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Now that Bernie Sanders is rapidly climbing in the polls and attracting huge audiences to his campaign events, his opponents are starting to attack him for being too radical. After all, Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist.

Jason Linkins

The 'Firewall' Between Campaigns And Super PACs Is Not A Thing

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

It's early days yet in the post-Citizens United era, and most of the nation is still in a very naive place. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who once warne...

Paul Blumenthal

Marco Rubio's Dark Money Group Enters 2016 Race With Ad Slamming Iran Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The “dark money” nonprofit group supporting Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) presidential campaign on Thursday launched an issue advert...

Making the Economy Work for the Many and Not the Few #12: Most Important of All, Get Big Money Out of Politics

Robert Reich | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

At the rate we're going, the 2016 election is likely to be the most expensive in history -- and the moneyed interests will be responsible for most of it. Our democracy is broken, and we must fix it. Easy to say, but how do we do it?

Corporations Are People, FEC Commissioners Are Not

The Huffington Post | Christine Conetta | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, appearing on HuffPost Live Monday, expressed frustration that the FEC considers corporations people, bu...

Paul Blumenthal

Federal Election Commissioners Welcome Each Other's Hate

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nobody thought the monthly meeting held Thursday by the Federal Election Commission would turn one commissioner to ponder the existentia...

Paul Blumenthal

Jeb Bush's Declaration Leaves A Few GOP Candidates In Fundraising Gray Area

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday, after nearly seven months of denyin...

Maine Leading the Way on Government of, for and by the People

Benjamin T. Brickner | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Benjamin T. Brickner

Public campaign financing has encouraged more diverse candidates to run, kept campaign costs under control, and enabled candidates to spend more time with voters, instead of the wealthy donors, corporations and PACs who fund traditional campaigns.

Jeb Bush Enters the GOP Presidential Debate -- But What Are They 'Debating?'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In the upcoming performance art piece called the GOP presidential debates the candidates will try to one-up each other showing their base who's best at crushing labor unions, disciplining the poor, and striking fear in the hearts of America's enemies.

Paul Blumenthal

Russ Feingold Proposes Anti-Super PAC Pledge

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold has asked incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to join him in pledging to keep o...

Democracy Demoralized

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Americans know the ugly truth about money in politics. Though the wealthy conceal payoffs through dark money deposits into political pockets, it's no secret to the American public that the rich are buying the government.