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Citizens United

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Rally Behind Reform Bill To Fight Big Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leaders joined together on Capitol Hill Wednesday to introduce a new campaign-finance reform bill to help lessen the in...

How Hawaii Government Can Work Again

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 04.07.2014 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

Voter owned elections is not a panacea. There will be more work to be done, but it is the baseline for action, if the government is ever going to represent the vast majority of people.

19 Democratic Senators To File Amicus Brief In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics

Nineteen Democratic senators, including Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and four other women, are filing an amicus brief Tuesday in support of the Obama a...

The Temperance Movement and How We Beat the Tea Party

Sen. Charles E. Schumer | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Sen. Charles E. Schumer

It's time we deal with the reality that, for the first time in American history, middle-class American incomes have declined for almost a generation. If middle-class incomes continue to decline, we will have a dramatically different America, a less optimistic, more sour America.

Why Hillary Clinton Is the Citizens United Candidate

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

By Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity An oft-forgotten footnote to the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission deci...

Paul Blumenthal

7 Charts To Understand Citizens United On Its 4th Anniversary

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four years ago the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case that corporations could spend unl...

The Unfulflled Promise of Citizens United

Bruce Freed | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Bruce Freed

Relevant regulatory agencies, along with Congress, have failed to repair the massive sinkhole in disclosure created by Citizens United. Justice Kennedy, it turns out, assumed incorrectly that shareholders would have the information they urgently need to assess a corporation's political spending.

Four Years After Citizens United: A Faith Perspective

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

Growing up, when I was taught that all people have inherent dignity, that all people were created in God's image, and that all people should have equal rights and opportunities, "all people" did not include corporations like ExxonMobil.

Will Poverty in America Finally Move to the Front Burner Again?

Pearl Korn | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Co-written with Jonathan Stone The "P" word has been buried for decades - yes, John Edwards brought it up in the 2008 elections, but who wants to rem...

8 Ways to Help Overturn Citizens United

Edward Erikson | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Edward Erikson

Our government looks less and less like a democracy -- rule by the people -- and more like a plutocracy -- rule by the wealthy.People across the country are taking action. Here are seven ways you can help overturn Citizens United.

Paul Blumenthal

Dark Money Swirls Around Tough Senate Races This Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New and repurposed "dark money" groups are jumping into key Senate races this year. In five states -- Kentucky, Louisiana, New Hampshire...

Paul Blumenthal

You Didn't Pay Attention To Money In Politics In 2013, So We Boiled Down The Whole Year For You

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The year after a presidential election, fewer people focus on campaign finance issues, but 2013 was well worth your attention. There wer...

White House stays mum on troubles with election regulator

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 02.22.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

December 23, 2013This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organiz...

Failing Grades for Congress on Corporate Accountability

Sarah Anderson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Sarah Anderson

We have the Supreme Court to blame for Citizens United. But there's a lot Congress could be doing to hold the power of big corporations in check.

10 Ways the League of Women Voters Is Making Democracy Work in 2013

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

In 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters to democratize the vote. Since then, League members across the country have worked tirelessly to strengthen our democracy and ensure equality for all.

Paul Blumenthal

Congressman Drops 'Dark Money' Lawsuit For Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and three campaign finance watchdog groups dropped their lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service over...

Paul Blumenthal

How To Make Sure Your Dark Money Group's Million-Dollar Donors Stay Secret

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "Dark money" nonprofit groups go to endless lengths to ensure that their political activities do not jeopardize their tax-exempt status ...

Are You a Citizen Lobbyist? You Can Be!

Edward Falzon | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Edward Falzon

There's a common perception that the only two options for political involvement are to vote or to run for office. These avenues are certainly open to us all, but most of us seem to forget a third option: Lobbying. And the perfect how-to guide is now on the shelves.

Paul Blumenthal

Corporate 'Dark Money' To Get Free Pass As SEC Drops Disclosure Proposal

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission unceremoniously dropped a proposal to require corporations to disclose contributions to political...

Paul Blumenthal

What You Need To Know About Obama's Proposed 'Dark Money' Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration proposed new rules Tuesday that would clarify the definition of "political activity" for social welfare nonprof...

IRS Sets Its Sights on Political 'Dark Money'

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

the Internal Revenue Service is proposing new rules that could curtail "social welfare" nonprofit groups' ability to influence elections while concealing their donors.

Poster Boy for Dysfunction: Redistricting and Citizens United in the Texas 27th

Meredith McGehee | Posted 01.26.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

Texas' 27th Congressional District offers a perfect rebuttal to those trying to pretend that gerrymandering and big money did not play a huge role in the recent government shutdown and gridlock in Washington in general.

Our Mission Is Clear: Amend Citizens United

Pearl Korn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Citizens United has cast a black shroud over our nation since it was dumped on the American people by an activist, ideologically driven right-wing majority in the Supreme Court. Since that decision, we have seen a steady erosion of our way of life.

Paul Blumenthal

Here's How One Dark Money Group Keeps Its $22 Million Donor Secret

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Crossroads GPS, the "dark money" behemoth founded by Karl Rove, reported on its 2012 tax return that it spent 60 percent of its $188 mil...

Maher: Conservatives Are 'Too Sentimental About How Wonderful America Is'

Posted 11.16.2013 | Comedy

You would be forgiven for thinking Bill Maher was about to go into a criticism of the failures of the Affordable Care Act roll-out when he began Frida...