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Citizens United

Campaign Cash: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

If you're visiting a candidate this summer and looking for a thoughtful house gift, might we suggest a nice super PAC? Thanks to the Supreme Court and Citizens United, they're all the rage among the mega-wealthy.

Koch Brothers Make Ambitious Political Expansion

Politico | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

The Koch brothers’ political operation has increasingly come to resemble its own political party -- and later this month in San Diego, it will hold ...

McConnell: Team Obama Using 'Nixonian' Intimidation

Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) leveled harsh criticism at the Obama campaign on Thursday, comparing the president and his team's effor...

Paul Blumenthal

Activists Organize Weeklong Hit Against Citizens United | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Activists across the country are working this week to mobilize local communities in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn th...

Tyler Kingkade

Poli Sci Prof Takes Lesson Plan From Stephen Colbert | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.16.2012 | College

Susan Grogan, a political science professor at St. Mary's College of Maryland, originally bought Stephen Colbert's Super PAC Super Fun Pack just to ad...

Citizens United Threatens to Invalidate a Century of Socioeconomic Stride and Strife

Stephen Herrington | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

Citizens United is as bad for libertarian causes as it is for social democracy causes. Neither can work in a political system where government is sold to the highest bidder and the bids have become so extremely high.

Is Montana's Attorney General Ignoring the Best Challenge to Citizens United?

Charlie Cray | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Charlie Cray

What happens with Montana's case will affect the entire country, not just Montana. Thus, the citizens of Montana and, indeed, all of us deserve to have the very best legal strategies put forth to win this case.

What You Could Buy With Sheldon Adelson's $36.5 Million

The Huffington Post | Erin Mershon | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

News broke Wednesday that casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is giving a $10 million contribution to the Mitt Romney-backing super PAC Restore Our Future,...

Honest Fair Elections and Honest Campaign Ads in New York!

Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen | Posted 11.19.2012 | New York
Bob Banov and Roger Ohlsen

Supported by people at such opposite ends of the political spectrum as Bill Moyers and Senator John McCain, Fair Elections would return our government to one that is of, by, and for the people -- not bought and paid for by special interests.

Thinking Big About the Next Four Years

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Romney and Obama campaigns have already proven that they're up to speed on negative ads. But there has to be some substance -- some positive and very concrete things the candidates stand for -- in order for voters to make an informed choice.

Why We Need to Keep Corporations Accountable Post-Citizens United

Blair Bowie | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Blair Bowie

Corporations like Target aren't just mucking around in democracy, they're playing games with our hard earned money while they're at it. This risky business affects all of us as shareholders and as citizens.

Don't Care About Guns? You're Still in the NRA's Sights

Josh Horwitz | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Ignoring one of the biggest mouthpieces of the Conservative Movement because they happen to have the word "Rifle" in their name allows the NRA to turn the clock back on a host of important issues without accountability or challenge.

Elect Occupy Wall Street in 2014

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

I'm becoming more and more convinced that the left's collective crying out for strong, effective leadership is going to have to come from the leaderfu...

Fixing Citizens United

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

There are those who say that money doesn't really matter. What matters, they say, is the quality of the candidates and the strength of their ideas. Unfortunately, in a world of high-stakes and high-cost media, this is nonsense.

Revisiting Citizens United

Rep. Anna Eshoo | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Rep. Anna Eshoo

The outcome of American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock will have a profound effect on every state with laws designed to prevent corruption and curtail corporate power.

Matt Sledge

Mystery Group Joins Fight To Take Down Sherrod Brown | Matt Sledge | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

A mysterious non-profit has spent $238,000 on television ads promoting Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel in his race against Sen. Sherrod Brown -- and its la...

Citizens United: Ushering America Toward a Feudal Society

Lucia Brawley | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics
Lucia Brawley

We must use our creativity, our reason, and our very "99-percentness" to prevent our society from becoming a feudal one in which we all serve a few billionaire masters who use money to garner the support of people who will vote against their own interests.

The Surprising Consequence Of Corporate Political Spending

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2012 | Business

* Researchers looked at donations, lobbying over 11 years * The more corporations spent, the worse they did financially ...

Justice on the Rocks: The Demise of the People's Court

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In the end, the law means nothing if it isn't applied to human beings compassionately. The reason judges sit on courts is to do justice.

Citizens United Mastermind Ousted From RNC

Josh Silver | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

The story of Jim Bopp's loss for reelection to the RNC explains why more and more grassroots conservatives are joining with grassroots liberals in support of sweeping campaign finance and lobbying reform.

Citizens United, Meet Democracy Nationwide

Sean Siperstein | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Sean Siperstein

Resolutions Week events will remind America that democracy is alive and kicking in the growing momentum for the ultimate solution to the auctioning of our democracy: a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and related cases.

After Wisconsin, a Movement to Get Money Out of Politics

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

The Wisconsin election shows that we will not have a government of, by and for the people as long as we have politicians who are bought and paid for by special interests.

Did Our Public Airwaves Win It for Walker?

Sue Wilson | Posted 08.10.2012 | Media
Sue Wilson

As owners of the air -- our public airwaves, to be precise -- there is plenty we can do to combat the corrosive effect of big money on our elections, by holding our partners in broadcasting, local TV and radio stations, accountable.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the ongoing impact of money on our politics made a starring appearance on the national stage. In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker fought off a bid to recall him, aided by an eight-to-one fundraising advantage over his Democratic opponent. In the presidential race, Mitt Romney's campaign announced it had raised nearly $77 million in May, close to $17 million more than the combined take of President Obama and the Democratic National Committee. The Obama camp trumpeted the fact that its average donation was just over $50, but admitted in a fundraising email: "We got beat." And a new poll showed that the approval rating for the Supreme Court, responsible for the super-PAC-unleashing Citizens United ruling, had dipped to a 25-year low, with three-quarters of Americans saying the justices allow personal or political views to influence their decisions. The justices will, of course, object. But if so... overruled.

Semana Latina: Political Campaign Money Eroding The American Dream

Gabriel Lerner | Posted 08.08.2012 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Lerner

While huge donations roll in, the mobilization of ordinary citizens and traditional outreach designed raise public awareness, conventional but tested tools behind electoral victories, will decrease.