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Citizens United

Hayley Miller

Constitutional Amendment Targets Citizens United Ruling | Hayley Miller | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court may treat corporations like people who can spend whatever they want on elections, but the American people don't have t...

Secretive 501(c)(4) nonprofits report only a fraction of elections fundraising and spending

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Peter H. Stone, iWatch NewsThe conservative American Action Network, a leading independent player in last year's election, poured $26 million -- ...

Occupy the Environment

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 12.27.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

We have put ourselves at the mercy of corporations whose interests are NOT aligned with the preservation of our environment, nor with good job creation here at home.

Paul Blumenthal

Money Floods State Judicial Elections | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On February 15, Wisconsin voters went to the polls to vote on a rather mundane state Supreme Court primary election. The incumbent, Davi...

A Constitutional Agenda for Occupy Wall Street

Lyle Denniston | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

There is much else in the proposed language of the amendment, which runs to hundreds of words, but a primary focus is its frontal challenge to the role of corporations in American and global life.

The Supreme Court, Corporations and Human Rights

Bama Athreya | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Bama Athreya

What will the Supreme Court do? Will it with one hand treat corporations as persons to give them first amendment protection, and with the other hand treat them as non-persons when it comes to liability for human rights violations?

Paul Blumenthal

Progressive Media Figures Seek End To Money In Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The backlash against the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission continues to grow as a trio of progres...

Paul Blumenthal

Tea Party Senator Wants To Ask Business For Unlimited Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Freshman Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), a member of the Tea Party Caucus, is pushing the boundaries of campaign finance law by seeking to open ...

Battleground North Carolina: Democratic Women Fired Up!

Michael Carmichael | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

Recognizing that women's rights will take a devastating hit if Republicans return to power in 2012, Democratic women are rising to face the challenge.

Paul Blumenthal

Corporations Try To Listen To Political Spending Outrage | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON -- Four miles north of the occupied Zuccotti Park, where protesters have urged an end to corporate influence in politics, business...

Occupy Corporate Political Spending

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Jack Ucciferri

While corporations are legally recognized "persons," the reality is that public corporations are vast, ungainly amalgamations of people and institutions. And their political influence is eating away at the fabric of our Republic with increasingly greedy mouthfuls.

Occupy Wall Street: A Bottom Up Revolution in Need of Leadership to Define Its Mission

Pearl Korn | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Many of us wondered when it would happen, what it would take to ignite a national outcry against those that are destroying the American Dream for millions for their own selfish gain.

OWS Meets Citizens United

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

My sign read, "I'm a campaign finance lawyer. Ask me about Citizens United + its solutions." I was there for 2.5 hours. Every few minutes someone would sheepishly come up and ask, "ok, what's Citizens United?"

Paul Blumenthal

New Super PAC To Attack Scott Brown | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and unions are forming a super PAC in Massachusetts to oppose the re-election of Republican Sen. Scott Brown. The unlimited...

Still Another Hole in our Campaign Finance Laws

Bob Edgar | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

We're headed into a campaign that will be largely financed by deep-pocketed companies and trade groups whose identities and agendas will be largely hidden from the voting public.

Paul Blumenthal

New Super PAC's Got Boehner's Back | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will soon have another big money vehicle supporting them. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC that can rais...

Ryan Grim

The Long, Corrupt History Of The Corporate Person | Ryan Grim | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Of all the Occupy Wall Street refrains, one of the most memorable is, "I refuse to believe that corporations are people until Texas exec...

Occupy the Constitution

Peter M. Shane | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

The Occupy Wall Street movement has brought a level of energy and inspiration to participatory Left politics unseen since the 2008 Obama campaign and ...

Karl Rove vs. The Koch Brothers

Politico | Kenneth P. Vogel | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics

Karl Rove's team and the Koch brothers' operatives quietly coordinated millions of dollars in political spending in 2010, but that alliance, which has...

#occupy: Just Get In the Way

Linda R. Monk, J.D. | Posted 12.09.2011 | DC
Linda R. Monk, J.D.

To all you folks filling the nation's capital for the "Occupy DC" movement, here's the best political advice from a living civil rights legend: "Sometimes, you just have to get in the way."

Paul Blumenthal

New Powers For Super PACs | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission announced new rules Wednesday allowing traditional political action committees to open a segregated acco...

Will Election 2012 Cost the Most in Dollars... and Jobs?

Charles Kolb | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Charles Kolb

By every account, the 2012 election will be the most expensive in history. What many Americans don't know is that it won't just be the candidates shopping for dollars, but independent political groups that can accept unlimited, secret donations from corporations or unions.

Wall Street Protests: A Right-Left Movement Must Emerge

Josh Silver | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics
Josh Silver

Americans from the right and left must abandon the polarizing rhetoric from our leaders and our TV screens, and join hands in support of a 21st century democracy reform agenda that reclaims our government from moneyed special interests.

Arin Greenwood

Small Group Of OccupyDC Protesters Gather Near White House | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.01.2011 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Around 35 OccupyDC protesters huddled in a cluster of trees in McPherson Square on Saturday morning during on-and-off rain showers, the ...

New And Improved! The U.S. Corporate Charter

Johnny McNulty | Posted 11.30.2011 | Comedy
Johnny McNulty

2011-09-30-comedypost.jpgOur new Corporate-American brethren have demanded a new Constitution by the end of the week, and Congress (ever responsive to the needs of their best citizens) turned it around in less than a day.