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Koch Monster

Jeff Danziger | Posted 01.28.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Mitch McConnell, Really!

Gerry Myers | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Instead of embracing and building on Obama's policies, where the U.S. has experienced 58 months of continued economic growth, Mitch wants to revert back to the policies under George W. Bush. Has he forgotten that those policies collapsed our economy?

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Citizens United Protest Inside the Supreme Court

Lauren Windsor | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Chief Justice John Roberts, the primary proponent of the "expansive" interpretation of money as speech, was shockingly not supportive of this particular display of the First Amendment.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Citizens United

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 01.23.2015 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

I know this is a difficult concept to accept for this consumeristic capitalistic culture we live in today, but, "No. You should not be able to put the elections on Ebay." Every candidate needs to be heard. Get their message out loud enough and clear enough.

Bribery Is a Bargain for Big Oil

Stephen Kretzmann | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green
Stephen Kretzmann

If you are wondering why a pipeline that would create fewer jobs than a new McDonalds is the number one priority of what used to be known as "the world's greatest deliberative body," you are not alone. The answer, unsurprisingly, has everything to do with money.

5 Years After Citizens United, Big Oil and Gas Money Spills Into Colorado State Elections

Peg Perl | Posted 01.21.2015 | Denver
Peg Perl

Colorado law has attempted to blunt the crushing effect of big money in politics through strong public disclosure laws that require spending by each of these groups in candidate elections to be reported online to Colorado voters.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Link Middle Class Woes To Need For Campaign Finance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, House and Senate Democrats aimed all the spotlights...

Barack Obama: 'The Citizens United Decision Was Wrong'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama issued a strong statement Wednesday in opposition to the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizen's United decision, a ruling he believes "...

Five Years After Citizens United, Billionaires Are Buying Democracy

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The billionaire class has views that are profoundly out of step with everyday Americans. And that goes a long way to explain the agenda of the new Congress.

Saving Our Republic From Citizens United

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Today, in the face of limitless anonymous political donations and dramatically widening inequality, our government is slowly starting to look more like an oligarchy, governed according to the whims of a special few. Thankfully, there are straightforward steps Congress can take right now to reverse this deeply troubling trend.

A Democracy for All of Us

Marge Baker | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

January in the year after an election is a busy time on Capitol Hill. As new members of Congress get settled in their offices and parties pick their leadership teams, political donors brave the cold to visit members of Congress they helped get elected.

Paul Blumenthal

5 Years After Citizens United, Money Controls Politics More Than Ever

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five years ago this Wednesday, the Supreme Court overturned two decades of precedent in a bitterly divided 5-4 decision to open the door...

Who Is Citizens United? (WATCH)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

As we mark the 5th anniversary of the disastrous Supreme Court decision Citizens United vs. FEC, it is worth heeding: Who is Citizens United, and how did they manage to subvert generations of campaign finance laws?

Mitch McConnell Is Just Getting Started

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

As Majority Leader McConnell wields greater power than he has ever held in his life, some hack pundits predict that such awesome power will have a moderating influence on him. Don't count on it. People who strive for power the way McConnell has done throughout his career cannot be trusted to "moderate" themselves.

The US Supreme Court and the Right to Choose... Happy Anniversary?

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

Bopp's decades-long crusade to dismantle campaign reform demonstrates how keenly he and his fellow conservatives understand the importance of the systems of democracy -- and that how we elect our representatives undoubtedly affects who gets elected.

Money, and Harmful Chemicals, in Politics

Michael Green | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
Michael Green

The Supreme Court did more than open the door to the undoing of democracy in Citizens United. They also opened a potential floodgate of new chemical health threats backed by unbridled chemical industry spending.

Super PACs: Just Helping Out a Friend

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Taylor Lincoln

It doesn't really matter if a super PAC violated the technical definition of coordination. Contributions to super PACs set up by the candidates' allies are effectively the same as contributions to candidates, which is why they are just as likely to be corrupting.

Citizens United at Five: Money Undermines Meaningful Participation

Michele Jawando | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Michele Jawando

In the five years since the Supreme Court decided Citizens United, the decision's impact is clear. Average American's voices are being drowned out by the outpouring of money from mega-donors and undercut by undisclosed spending by dark money groups.

Big Spending, Big Inequality

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

At the end of the day, money in politics cannot be "someone else's issue." Because it distorts who is heard by our elected officials, it affects what's in your paycheck, who ends up in prison, what kind of health care we have access to, what kind of environment we leave for our children, and much more.

Restoring Faith In U.S. Democracy

Ben Cohen  | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Over 140 organizations and millions of activists have banded together to counteract the Supreme Court's nefarious slash-and-burn of campaign finance restrictions, implemented to safeguard our democratic process from becoming a plutocracy where the wealthy few call all the shots.

Corporate Contributions (of Beer, Cash, or Anything else) Have No Place in Pa. Inauguration

Rick Claypool | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Rick Claypool

Dick Yuengling is being snubbed. That's the accusation State Rep. Mike Vereb is making ahead of Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's inauguration, whose planners have received over $1 million in contributions but allegedly turned down the offer of "free beer" from Yuengling's Pottsville-based brewery.

Williams-Yulee Is Not About Free Speech, It's About Judicial Integrity

Yael Bromberg | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

The Supreme Court is hearing a case tomorrow that threatens to further politicize the bench at a time of skyrocketing spending in judicial races.

Could Repealing "Corruption Taxes" Be the Democrats' Secret Weapon?

Al Lewis | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Al Lewis

These giveaways could be called "corruption taxes." The definition of a "corruption tax" is a transfer of wealth to the very rich that no honest congressperson would support if campaigns were publicly financed.

Turning Money Into Millions of Miniature Billboards

Ben Cohen  | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

The Stamp Stampede is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit grassroots organization dedicated to a form of monetary jiu jitsu: using money to get big money out of politics. There are now over 30,000 Stampeders who have purchased rubber stamps in order to revamp their bills with messages like "Not To Be Used For Buying Elections" and "Corporations Are Not People."

A Historic End to the 113th Congress Caps a Remarkable Year in Politics

Pearl Korn | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The final days of the 113th Congress brought with it the end of a turbulent month -- and year -- of American politics. It also led many of us to think ahead to the coming years as Republicans assume control of the House and Senate in January and a presidential election looms on the horizon in 2016.