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Citizens United

Georgia Now Ground Zero for Super PACs and Citizens United

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

The "Nastiest Show on Earth" otherwise known as the "Slimary Process" -- the prolonged and agonizing Republican primary to select a presidential candidate -- is already being called the dirtiest of all time by political pundits and voters alike.

How Citizens United Unleashed Campaign Spending in Federal Elections by Tax-Exempt Organizations

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

There are two types of entities injecting hundreds of millions of dollars in unlimited contributions into our federal elections as the result of the Citizens United decision.

A Remote Solution

Richard Geldard | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Richard Geldard

Listening to a candidate speak to the issues, either in debate or speeches is the only way to gauge to what extent he or she speaks to your own values and convictions. And we cannot arrive at that convergence by listening to advertising.

A Bigger Threat to Our Democracy Than Citizens United

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

The majority of election cycles between 1964 and 2010 resulted in House incumbent reelection rates of at least 90 percent. Those are Kim Jung Il and Robert Mugabe numbers that legitimately call into question the fundamental tenet of American democracy.

Super PAC Contributions Concentrated Among Several Donors

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

Super PACs, the political groups flexing their muscles in a presidential race for the first time, are disproportionately funded by a handful of donors...

Scott Brown Agrees to the People's Pledge

Gene Karpinski | Posted 04.23.2012 | Green
Gene Karpinski

The League of Conservation Voters believes that when unlimited spending is allowed in the electoral arena, misinformation campaigns by Big Oil and other special interests will be amplified.

Citizens United and Contributions to Super PACs: A Little History Is in Order

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The argument that the Citizens United decision has had little responsibility for the torrent of unlimited individual contributions being spent by Super PACs is wrong. A little history is in order.

Citizens United Revisited? Buckle Up, Chief Justice Roberts

Josh Silver | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

If our current campaign finance system isn't corrupt, what is? A handful of billionaires can decide who the next president will be. If our Supreme Court doesn't find that corrupt, then they are using a very different dictionary than the rest of America.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Blocks Montana Ban On Corporate Political Spending | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the Montana Supreme Court's decision in December upholding the state's century-old ban on corporate political spen...

Occupy Wall Street: The Super PAC

The Atlantic Wire | Posted 02.17.2012 | Business

Embracing Occupy Wall Street means embracing the language of the 99 percent—even when you're filing for a super PAC....

Is the Stage Set for Citizens United, Round Two?

Thom Hartmann | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Thom Hartmann

Last December, the Montana Supreme Court ignored Citizens United and continued its ban on corporate election spending, upholding the Montana Corrupt Practices Act. But those corporate interests that were upset by this law are now petitioning the Supreme Court to have it reversed.

Rockefeller's Revenge

D. R. Tucker | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

Surely, there are some moderate moneymen who miss the days of Nelson Rockefeller and Edward Brooke, who recall a time when the GOP cherished common sense and revered rationality.

Scott Brown and the National Republicans

Nathaniel Loewentheil | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Nathaniel Loewentheil

If politics is an all-contact sport, cynicism may be its rulebook. Even so, the recent hypocrisy of Senator Scott Brown merits a brief highlight reel.

Mike Sacks

Montana Supreme Court Collides With U.S. Supreme Court Over Citizens United | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

The fate of Montana's century-old ban on corporate political spending is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up a possible sequel to t...

Lessons Not Learned: Super PACs and a Return to the Nixon Era

Dan Glickman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Dan Glickman

A famous political cliché is that money is the mother's milk of politics and it would be impossible to eliminate money from campaigns. But what is most disconcerting is when that funding comes from a very small number of individuals and organizations.

Money Throws Democracy Overboard

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Our elections have replaced horse racing as the sport of kings. Only these kings are multi-billionaire, corporate moguls who by the divine right, not of God, but the United States Supreme Court and its Citizens United decision, are now buying politicians like so much pricey horseflesh.

Citizens Overturned: New Mexico Reclaims Its Rights!

Eric Griego | Posted 04.15.2012 | Politics
Eric Griego

The Citizens United decision was more than just a blow to democracy. It was a blow to states' rights. Now states are scrambling to overturn the ruling and put their own campaign finance laws back in place.

Super PAC for the People

Rep. John Sarbanes | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Rep. John Sarbanes

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go on the Up with Chris Hayes Show on MSNBC to talk about the issue of money in politics and what we can do about ...

Why Americans Should Support the People's Rights Amendment

Ben Clements | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Ben Clements

In short, the elimination of corporate constitutional rights will not change the results in cases in which the constitutional rights of natural persons -- individually or in groups or associations -- are infringed.

Super PAC Man Is Hungry!

Carolita Johnson | Posted 04.13.2012 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


Ryan Grim

Scott Brown's Pledge To Keep Out Third Parties Written With Help Of Third Party | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren spent much of January hashing out a trailblazing agreement to limit the influence of outside money in t...

Hunter Stuart

Mitt Romney Super PAC Donors: Own Your Ad | Hunter Stuart | Posted 04.12.2012 | Politics

Thanks to the financial floodgates opened by the Supreme Court's decision in the now-infamous Citizens United decision, campaign spending in the 2012 ...

Christians Should Unite For This Election (Behind Stephen Colbert?)

Tim Suttle | Posted 04.11.2012 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Instead of sending your $100 or $200 political donation to the party of your choice, why not consider throwing your weight behind Stephen Colbert's campaign against Citizens United? He actually might be making a difference.

'New Reality' Of Citizens United 'Raises Concerns'

AP | By STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Money pouring into the presidential election from super political action committees and nonprofit campaign groups appears so far to be s...

Calling Wealthy Democrats

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Citizens United destroys the American notion of citizenship by creating separate and unequal classes of Americans. It creates a de facto American House of Lords, in which all other Americans are relegated to second-class citizenship.