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Citizens United

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
Quora

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.

6 Years of Citizens United

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

Citizens United was bad history, bad logic, bad law. Nobody with any common sense thinks that huge corporate expenditures don't corrupt politics, but the Court left common sense behind that day.

Mitch McConnell Freaks At Obama's Latest Idea

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

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GOP Congressman Says He Personally Won't Ask Donors For Money Anymore

The Huffington Post | Mariam Baksh | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) has stopped personally asking donors to contribute to his 2016 Senate campaign. He wants to focus his time on mor...

The Super Rich Should Not Control Our Elections

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

By the time the 2016 election is over, America's Super Rich will have given the largest amount of the biggest contributions and the most secret money ever provided in our history to support candidates for President and Congress.

We Need a Revolution

Walker Bragman | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Walker Bragman

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Solutions to the Influence of Big Money in Politics: Heeding President Obama's Call

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

President Obama's valedictory State of the Union last week brimmed with optimism. Refraining from a traditional laundry list of policy proposals, he stayed rooted in big themes about America, our future and the challenges ahead. He spoke eloquently about how our democracy is built upon "voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love."

Citizens United Has Left Our Political System in Shambles

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

January 21 will mark the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in the court's history.