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New Tax Documents Show How Secret Money Infects Campaigns on Both Sides

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

New tax documents released last week confirm what we've known for years: sophisticated political operatives on the right and the left continue to use phony social welfare organizations to pump tens of millions of anonymous dollars into our elections.

Why This New Anti-Trump Group May Not Rewrite Elections

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Republican operatives decided to finally organize an attack on leading presidential candidate Donald Trump, they didn’t laun...

Pop Culture Parody Exposes Big Money in Politics

Rio Tazewell | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Rio Tazewell

While the "Most Interesting Man" in the world may be a Dos Equis aficionado, his satirical counterpart, the "Most Influential Man," prefers buying American elections.

Fallible But Final: Why Justice Scalia is Wrong About the Supreme Court's Authority

Evan Bernick | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

The very cases that Scalia invokes disclose the need for an independent judiciary to serve as a final check against abuses of government power. If that check is to be effective, the highest court in the nation must have the authority Scalia would deny it.

The Kochs' Dark Money Reaches All The Way To The NRA

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The main arm of the political network operated by billionaire conservatives Charles and David Koch raised $126 million in 2014 and distr...

Will President Obama Leave a Failed Legacy on Secret Money in Politics?

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

During Obama's time in office, his administration has taken no action to actually rebalance the system so candidates are accountable to ordinary Americans, not just wealthy special interests. As the president enters his final 14 months, he would do well to consider how history will remember him on this issue.

How Super PACs And Campaigns Are Coordinating In 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The role of single-candidate super PACs has expanded exponentially in the 2016 presidential campaign. Candidates have become increasing...

College Student Makes Winning Video Calling for Campaign Finance Reform

Rio Tazewell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Rio Tazewell

No matter whether you identify as progressive, conservative, or somewhere in between, it's likely you agree with a majority of Americans on at least one thing: there is too much money in politics.

At Debate, Clinton Should Discuss Solutions to Our Money in Politics Crisis

Marge Baker | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

When CBS News host John Dickerson and his colleagues take the stage for the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday in Des Moines, they should ask about the candidates' plans for getting big money out of politics.

Blueprints For Renovating Democracy

Nick Penniman | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Nick Penniman

For too long the models for reducing corruption in America have only been known by a small group of good-government reformers. It's like ancient medicine that you have to find a shaman in some remote part of the globe to be able to get.

Clinton's Corruption Problem and Saturday's Debate

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

If Hillary Clinton wants to light up the country in either the general election or the primary, she needs to take a leadership role -- not a lip service role -- in a basic, in-the-guts overhaul of how politics works in this country.

Not Voting for Hillary If She Is the Nominee Is "Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face"

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

There are purists who would "cut off their nose to spite their face." They represent the mistaken idea if you can't find the person who agrees with everything you want you take actions possibly electing someone against everything you want.

Donna the Buffalo's Stampede Tour to Stamp Big Money Out of Politics

Ben Cohen  | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

With the 2016 election around the corner, there is no better time to spotlight this issue and make clear to the presidential candidates that we need to stamp big money out of our political system.

FEC Deadlocks On Whether Candidates Can Coordinate With Their Own Super PACs

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A request to relax limits on coordination between candidates and super PACs left the Federal Election Commission divided and, at times,...

Is Donald Trump a Double Agent?

Tom Gerdy | Posted 11.10.2015 | Entertainment
Tom Gerdy

Could Donald Trump be a double agent? If he weren't trying to break up the Republican Party, why would he insult voters, colleagues, women, party members, Mexicans, and the media? He is that school kid that talks about someone being fat or ugly because of his insecurities.

Marco Rubio's Illegal Presidential Campaign

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

"Illegal" immigrants? How about an illegal presidential campaign? Marco Rubio's presidential campaign is breaking the law with impunity and in so doing, is throwing up the specter of political corruption and the appearance of political corruption.

Campaign Finance Reform Brings Former Lawmakers Together

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan coalition of more than 100 former members of Congress, governors and cabinet secretaries joined together on Thursday to an...

How Campaign Finance Disenfranchises America's Silent Majority of Socialists

The Conversation US | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
The Conversation US

It took the excitement generated by the political campaign of a self-described socialist, Bernie Sanders, to put into stark relief the extent to which the United States political system fails to reflect and respond to the aspirations of most Americans.

DC Comedian Makes Video Against Money In Politics With the Help of His Infant Daughter

Rio Tazewell | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Rio Tazewell

Money in politics may be out of control, but around the country reforms aimed at addressing the problem are beginning to take root.

In Maine, Lessons for Money in Politics Activists

Marc Caplan | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Marc Caplan

Mainers sent the nation a message on Tuesday, strongly approving a money in politics ballot initiative that puts control of elections back in the voters' hands and reduces the power of big money.

The United States Could Use a Therapist General

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
The University of Central Florida Forum

The person assuming this role could issue an annual report about the state of the nation's mental health, investigate and report on the likely psychological costs and benefits of proposed laws, and issue recommendations for therapies to improve the nation's psychological health.

A Social Justice Case for Campaign Finance Reform

Talmon J. Smith | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Talmon J. Smith

In the Jim Crow South, before blacks had their turn to vote, states often held a white primary -- so that even in districts where blacks were the majority, black political priorities were nullified and black voters were subjected to picking from a crop of 'general election' candidates preselected by the white population.

Cities and States Are Leading Fight Against Big Money

Benjamin T. Brickner | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Benjamin T. Brickner

Last night, voters at opposite ends of the country took a strong step toward reclaiming democracy for ordinary Americans.

Maine, Seattle Pave Next Path For Campaign Finance Reform

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voters in Seattle and Maine went to the polls Tuesday night and supported ballot initiatives to reform their campaign finance laws a...

Maine Backs Post-Citizens United Campaign Finance Initiative

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Maine voters backed a ballot initiative on Tuesday to update the state’s 19-year-old system of publicly financing campaigns. Fift...