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Citizens United

The Tuesday That's Bound to Matter All the Way to 2052

Norman Lear | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Norman Lear

What will get me to my polling place this year, more than anything else, is this: I believe Barack Obama will nominate Supreme Court Justices who will vote to overturn Citizens United, which wiped out reasonable limits on campaign funding. And Mitt Romney would appoint Supreme Court Justices who would uphold it.

Paul Blumenthal

'Dark Money' Floods 2012 Election | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Four conservative nonprofits and the business industry's lead trade association have spent nearly $300 million on political efforts over...

Citizens United, President Obama, and His Liberal Naysayers

Doug Kendall | Posted 01.02.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The future of the Supreme Court is the 800-pound gorilla in the room this election season that neither candidate seems to want to talk about much. That's what made President Obama's Rock Center remarks last week on Citizens United so important.

Supreme Court's Theory of 'Independent' Outside Money Is No Longer Operative

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics
Taylor Lincoln

The final numbers are not in yet, but we already have more than enough information to make one call in the 2012 elections: The U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United vs. FEC decision can be deemed a failure based on the very rationale that the court used to justify it.

The Frightening Prospect of a Romney Court

Jamin Raskin | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

A Romney-Ryan-Bork Court would be a dream for the 1% and the far-right, but a nightmare for everyone else in America.

Reid Worried About 'Karl Rove And 17 Angry Old White Men'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), a former boxer, isn't one to let a few bruised ribs take the fight out of him. Still feeling the after-...

6 Small Business Issues at Stake in This Election

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 12.29.2012 | Small Business
Stacy Mitchell

A number of critical small business issues are at stake in next month's federal and state elections. Here are six of the most important.

Turn Down the Noise: Fast. Pray. Vote.

Troy Jackson | Posted 12.29.2012 | Religion
Troy Jackson

The barrage of negative advertising, coupled with propaganda masquerading as news, is taking its toll. The political discourse has gone over the cliff here in Ohio, and the resulting noise makes it much harder to truly listen to God and to one another.

Pro-Citizens United Group's Documents Found In Meth House

ProPublica | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics

By Kim Barker, ProPublica, and Rick Young and Emma Schwartz, Frontline Oct. 29, 2012, 12:01 a.m.This post was co-published with PBS' Frontline. The bo...

Mysterious Company Gives Huge Donation To Tea Party Group

Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics

By JACK GILLUM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A shadowy Tennessee company donated more than $5 million to a prominent conservative super poli...

Paul Blumenthal

The Biggest Donor In Recent History | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, among those whose contributions are disclosed, is far and away the largest donor to independent politica...

Elimination of Contribution Limits Would Not Stop Secret Spending

Ian Vandewalker | Posted 12.26.2012 | New York
Ian Vandewalker

This election has shown that there is a class of big-money political donors who greatly value secrecy. Their behavior under the current rules provides evidence that big spenders prefer anonymity even when other options are available.

Nate C. Hindman

Wynn Casino Guides Employees To Vote For Romney | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 10.26.2012 | Business

Wynn Resorts, the third-largest casino operator in the U.S., recently mailed a "2012 General Election Voter Guide" to its 12,000 employees in Nevada. ...

Paul Blumenthal

Sheldon Adelson Makes Huge Pro-Romney Gift | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With little time left before the election, the biggest Republican donors are making huge contributions to the main super PAC working to ...

What Obama And Romney Would Do About Citizens United

Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

By Justin Elliott, ProPublicaWith campaign finances limits rendered nearly meaningless, election spending is on pace to set records. Where does each p...

Sarah Bufkin

Outside Groups, Super PACs Flood Senate Races With Cash From Undisclosed Donors | Sarah Bufkin | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Outside groups are flooding Senate races with a record amount of campaign cash, according to a new report out from the nonpartisan Sunli...

Supreme Court Comes To Montana's Aid In Citizens United Battle

Reuters | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics

(Adds comment from political scientist) By Dan Whitcomb Oct 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to...

Tom Hiltachk, Master of Deception

Matthew Fleischer | Posted 12.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Matthew Fleischer

Any lawyer with some experience in Sacramento politics can draft language for a statewide initiative. But crafting deceptive ballot measures that can trick people into voting against their core beliefs is nothing less than an art form.

INFOGRAPHIC: What Can All The Money Spent On The 2012 Elections Buy?

The Huffington Post | Ethan Klapper | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

The Center for Responsive Politics estimates that $5,800,000,000 will be spent on this year's elections. That's equivalent to the salaries of 137,727 ...

Plutocrats Want to Own Your Vote

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Back in the first the Gilded Age, in the 19th century, bosses in company towns lined up their workers and marched them to vote as a bloc. Now, the Gilded Age is back , with a vengeance. Welcome to the plutocracy -- the remains of the ol' USA.

Romney's Final Fundraiser Carries $50,000-Per-Plate Cost

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.21.2012 | Politics

For a final set of fundraisers, these events came with all the trimmings. After more than a year of cross-country traveling to boost his campaign's...

What the Hell Is Being a Moderator For?

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Neither candidate for president is addressing one of the top 10 issues that Americans believe should be a priority for the next president -- more important than terrorism, the deficit, schools or social security.

Money Runs Uphill Toward Politics

Ellen Dumm | Posted 12.18.2012 | Denver
Ellen Dumm

In Colorado, voters will have an opportunity to weigh in on the money and power debate. We can vote in support of Amendment 65, which tells our congressional delegation that we're fed up with money controlling the debate.

Paul Blumenthal

New Jersey Takes Big Anti-Citizens United Stance | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey became the ninth state in the nation Thursday to back a constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens...

Robert Murray: Worst. Boss. Ever.

Matthew Palevsky | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Matthew Palevsky

If you'd like to work at a large corporation that happens to have a bullying CEO at its helm, you're now expected to conform to the political agenda of that corporation with your vote and perhaps even with your own personal finances.