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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Campaign Negativity Is Nothing New

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While they may have a point about the magnitude of cash flowing into negative ads this time around, and while they may indeed have a point about the insidiousness of corporate money in American political campaigns, the nastiness itself is really nothing new.

When It Comes to Politics, Intelligence Squared Is Closing Our Minds: Google and Facebook Do Not the Internet Make

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.23.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Intelligence Squared suggested that "When It Comes To Politics, The Internet Is Closing Our Minds," I suggest that sites like eVoter will be changing our actions.

Frank Rich: How Conservative Donors Are Buying This Presidential Election

New York Magazine | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics

If you want to appreciate what Barack Obama is up against in 2012, forget about the front man who is his nominal opponent and look instead at the Repu...

Earth Day Call to Service: Vote Green and Clean in 2012

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.22.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

A generation of Earth Days has conditioned millions of us to be green in our homes yet we must apply the same ethic to our politics if we want to save our planet and our democracy. What must we do? Vote green and clean in 2012.

Paul Blumenthal

Vermont Says No To Citizens United

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vermont has become the third U.S. state to pass a resolution calling on Congress to amend the Constitution to get money out of politics ...

Declaration for Democracy

Sean Siperstein | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Sean Siperstein

The grassroots movement for a constitutional amendment to return control over our democracy to We the People just got a big endorsement from more than a dozen members of the United States Congress.

How Public Citizen Is Exactly Like Battlestar Galactica

Steve Skrovan | Posted 06.18.2012 | Comedy
Steve Skrovan

Public Citizen is fighting the good fight for health, safety, justice and democracy, and I have decided to help the only way I know how. I'm putting together a crack team of comedians for a benefit in support of this very important and historically successful Battlestar.

Paul Blumenthal

Grassroots Effort To Overturn Citizens United Comes To Capitol

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday morning, dozens of activists and more than a dozen members of Congress gathered in a Capitol Visitor Center hearing room to...