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Citizens United

On Money in Politics, 2014 Shows What's Wrong -- and What's Right

Marge Baker | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

The most enduring "winners" in the midterms may be the wealthy interests that bankrolled their candidates of choice and can now expect to have the ears of their chosen representatives. But importantly, it's not all bad news on the money in politics front.

Paul Blumenthal

The World After Citizens United: Here Is Your First $100 Million Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) on the election trail Oct. 25 to rally Democrats ahead of Tuesd...

Election 2014: The Seinfeld Election About Absolutely Nothing Ends Its Run

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Say a fond farewell to the 2014 Seinfeld campaign. Unfortunately, it probably won't be the last corrupt big money-dominated campaign about absolutely nothing.

The Unbelievably Easy 2014 Midterm Election Voters Guide -- Money in Politics

Richard Greene | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Richard Greene

The Republican and Democratic parties are SO far apart, on almost EVERY issue, it will take you less than one minute to know who to vote for!

Money, Politics and Democracy Depraved

George Mitrovich | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
George Mitrovich

I believe in government, which is established through the means of politics. The government we get and the political means by which it is derived is imperfect, and to expect perfection from either is overly idealistic or dangerously ignorant.

We Already Know Who Won the 2014 Election

Wendy Weiser | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Wendy Weiser

There is still suspense over what will happen on Election Day, with control of the Senate hanging in the balance. But regardless of who wins, we already know the 2014 election belongs to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Enough Already

Paula Gordon | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

At the end of a campaign, we should know more about our country, our fellow citizens and those who want to represent us. Instead we are awash in malicious advertising and name-calling.

An Election Day Carol

Robert Reich | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

In the early hours of Election Day, before dawn reaches the nation's capital, Justice Anthony Kennedy is suddenly awakened by someone standing next to his bed. "Who are you?" demands the Justice. "I am the ghost of Election Day Past."

Antidote to Citizens United

Dianne Collins | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
Dianne Collins

Remember when politicians wanted more than anything to do what was right for the good of all people beyond their own personal power agendas, and Supreme Court justices were able to think fairly beyond partisan biases? Hmmm ... yeah, right, neither do I.

Citizens United, Explained With Dogs

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 01.01.2015 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

John Oliver was right to challenge this seclusion from the public eye on his recent episode of Last Week Tonight when he had no choice but to dramatize courtroom proceedings with a bench of jurist dogs. Clearly a better means of public information is necessary for the highest court in the land.

Paul Blumenthal

Here Are The Top Super PAC Mega-Donors In 2014 Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In Iowa, a television station recently created a new program so it could sell more advertising to political campaigns, party committees ...

Neil Young: Who's Gonna Stand Up? (And Save the Earth)

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 12.31.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Climate change and the effect on our environment and our species isn't an abstract concept; it's about the lives of people, real people -- your family, your friends, your neighbors -- and of the collective consequences of our individual actions upon our tiny blue planet.

Teddy Davis, Clean Money Candidate for L.A. City Council

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 12.29.2014 | Los Angeles
John Wellington Ennis

At a time when development in Hollywood is rampant while infrastructure crumbles, having a voice in what happens to your community in Los Angeles can seem impossible.

Citizens United: Who Are These Guys?

Luis Toro | Posted 12.29.2014 | Denver
Luis Toro

Citizens United has been in Colorado news a lot lately. The group, that is, not the Supreme Court case of the same name.

Paul Blumenthal

Super PACs Keep Candidates Afloat With A Little Help From Their Friends

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In August, stories began to percolate that Terri Lynn Land, the Republican Senate candidate in Michigan, didn't have what it takes to wi...

Why Citizens United Kept Me From Contributing to Candidates in Campaign 2014

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 12.28.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The Supreme Court didn't directly tell me I'm not allowed to contribute to political candidates. Instead, they've just made it fairly meaningless for me to bother.

Amanda v. Goliath$

Paula Gordon | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Amanda is a true representative of "Us." Against staggering odds, through education and grit, Amanda worked her way into the middle class.

GOP Leader Unhappy With Flood of Money in Politics

Lauren Windsor | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

At a campaign event for Senate hopeful Joni Ernst in Des Moines on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told me that he is unhappy with Citizens United and would revisit the landmark Supreme Court decision to make it more balanced. However, Graham does not think any action will happen without a movement.

Paul Blumenthal

Outside Money Surge Makes Kansas Senate Race Costliest In State History

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Few Senate races have seen a gush of spending like the competition in Kansas between Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and independent challenger Gre...

Voters, Billionaires and Elections for Whom?

Rob Stein | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Stein

Electoral success in these times requires that candidates and donors use all of the legal tools and resources at their disposal, but Citizens United and subsequent Supreme Court decisions are dangerously tipping the scales of electoral politics against the will of the many.

Paul Blumenthal

Karl Rove Sends Out The Billionaire Bat-Signal -- And They Respond

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Billionaires are rushing to the aid of Republicans in the homestretch of the 2014 elections with a massive super PAC infusion after a pl...

Citizens United, Kentucky, and the Future of American Elections

Avram Billig | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Avram Billig

It may be that no single race better exemplifies these developments, and foreshadows the shape of future federal elections, than Senator McConnell's competitive re-election contest against Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Can Chevron Buy Back My City on November 4?

David Helvarg | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
David Helvarg

What's happening in my town makes me worry for the future of our democracy as well as our ability to deal with issues like climate and pollution at the local level.

Is Our Democracy for Sale? Maybe Not and Here's Some Proof

David Belk | Posted 12.21.2014 | Politics
David Belk

Rich people often try to self-fund (buy) their way into office, but how successful are they?

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Candidates Actually Debate The Insidious Influence Of Money In Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The influence of money in politics was long treated as a side issue during the campaign season. But this year, in at least a half-dozen ...