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Romney Blows His Chance at a "No, Ma'am" Moment

Mitchell Bard | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Mitt Romney had a chance Monday to demonstrate to the American people that he was more than an opportunistic mercenary who would say anything to win the White House. And he failed. Miserably.

Political Iceberg Ahead: The Big Money That Is Sinking Democracy

Danny Schechter | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Danny Schechter

I keep thinking of that clear April night 100 years ago when the unsinkable HMS Titanic steamed towards New York. It was actually on its way to dock j...

Zach Carter

Bank of America Targeted By Protesters And Investors As SEC Weighs Political Spending Rule | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Securities and Exchange Commission considers requiring corporations to disclose their political spending to shareholders, a coali...

Paul Blumenthal

'We ... have a monopoly on bribery in this country' | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The state of Montana is ready to embrace its role as the primary opponent of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal ...

5 Reasons Mitt Romney Would Be the First Corporation to Be Elected President

David Halperin | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
David Halperin

People who are alarmed about the growing influence of money in politics need to understand this: Mitt Romney is money in politics.

Sam Stein

Drowning In Mud: 70 Percent Of Presidential Campaign Ads Negative | Sam Stein | Posted 05.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The percentage of negative ads run during the 2012 election is up dramatically over the previous cycle, with candidates and interest gro...

No Longer Supreme

Jim Worth | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

Ethics further tarnish the ebony robes of this court. Though the Supreme Court justices are not held to the same high ethics standards as lower judicial magistrates, ethics must be considered when evaluating their decisions and opinions.

Why I Occupy...

Russell Simmons | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Our democracy has been hijacked. The corporations and special interests pay our politicians to do their bidding instead of the people's. This legal bribery has to stop.

Occupy Is Right: It's the Economy, Stupid. And Don't Forget Democracy

Richard Kirsch | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Unlike most advocates for economic justice or democracy who have separated the issues, the Occupiers got this right. We can't have an economy that works for the 99 percent until we put our democracy in the hands of the 99 percent.

Why Women Should Wage War on Big Money in Politics

Blair Bowie | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Blair Bowie

It's said that there are two types of power: people and money. However, those two are not weighted equally. So despite being a coveted "voting bloc," as long as women earn less than men, we lack the political power to even control the conversation about our own "issues."

Why Corporations Should Reconsider Throwing Money At Washington

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 05.02.2012 | Business

Corporations might want to reconsider throwing large sums of money at Washington. That's because these contributions correlate with poor company...

If Republicans Are the Problem, Americans Elect Is No Solution

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Even if the Americans Elect nominee figured out how to defeat Obama and Mitt Romney, the centrist president would still have the same Congress stymied by a Republican Party that values purity of essence more than progress.

America Tells the Securities Exchange Commission to Mandate Disclosure of Corporate Political Activity

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Jack Ucciferri

Our republic is being challenged by a powerful array of superhuman forces deeply embedded in the fabric of our culture -- large corporations. But today we got a piece of good news.

Paul Blumenthal

Anti-Obama Group Wants To Hide Donors | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The recent district court ruling in the case Van Hollen v. Federal Election Commission that requires groups spending money on certain el...

Will the Supreme Court Split the Difference on Health Care and Immigration?

Harvey Rosenfield | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Harvey Rosenfield

During three days of hearings last month, the notion that the Supreme Court would invalidate the federal health care law went from being a right wing fantasy to a possible, even likely, outcome based on the questions and comments of the Republican justices.

Will Power to the People (to Remix, That Is) Offset the Super PACs?

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

It didn't take long. On the heels of the Jimmy Fallon appearance by President Obama, an attack ad hit the Internet and the airwaves, depicting President Obama as a celebrity president whose policies had failed young people.

Paul Blumenthal

Romney Super PAC Responsible For Attack Explosion | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich voted with Nancy Pelosi for money to support China's one-child policy. Rick Santorum joined Hillary Clinton in supporting ...

We, the Shareholders (Not the People)

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 06.30.2012 | Business
C. Robert Gibson

In a true democracy, our officials are elected by and held accountable to us, the citizen, the highest office in the land. By focusing on the issues that unite instead of divide, and organizing with other citizens who meet on common ground, we can reject the status quo and its servants.

Paul Blumenthal

One Step Closer To Disclosure For Kochs, Rove, Chamber | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A court ruling requiring non-disclosing political groups -- including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Koch brothers' Americans for ...

Paul Blumenthal

Bold FCC Move Makes 2012 Election Ads More Transparent | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The home stretch of the 2012 general election is set to be one of the most transparent in terms of public knowledge about political adve...

Broadcast Transparency: A No Brainer for the FCC

Timothy Karr | Posted 04.27.2012 | Technology
Timothy Karr

By requiring full disclosure, the FCC could go a long way toward shedding light on political influence peddling in 2012, and exposing the media's role -- both constructive and otherwise -- in our democracy.

New Gangs in Politics

Ted Kaufman | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics
Ted Kaufman

There are some new gangs in our political neighborhoods called "super PACS" and they distorted the outcome in a number of states during the Republican presidential nomination campaign.

The Dumbest Show on Fox News Channel Ever

Bob Cesca | Posted 06.25.2012 | Media
Bob Cesca

2012-04-25-Screenshot20120425at2.59.19PM.jpgIf Fox News was trying to create a show that would amplify the intellectual stature of the usually moronic Fox & Friends, they have totally succeeded with The Five.

They're Baaack - The OWS Movie Goes Global With Help of Social Media

David Fagin | Posted 04.25.2012 | Entertainment
David Fagin

The OWS movement has refused to go quietly. They're still right there, in spirit, and -- given this Thursday's world premiere of While We Watch, the documentary which chronicles the OWS movement -- one could even argue, stronger.

Obama to Wall Street: This Is How You Thank Me?

Harvey Rosenfield | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
Harvey Rosenfield

If corporations are people, as the Republican majority on the Supreme Court says, then the defining trait of the modern corporate personality is ingratitude.