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Citizens United

Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

As a key first step to shining a light on dark money -- election-related funds whose source remains secret -- the president should issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their election-related spending.

Paul Blumenthal

The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Lead...

Chicago Voters Can Strike Blow Against Big Money in Politics

David Orr | Posted 04.22.2015 | Chicago
David Orr

Our democracy is built on the core principle of a government of the people, by the people and for the people, where all of us get an equal say over who gets elected and the government decisions that affect our lives.

More Money, More Problems: Open Mic at the Federal Election Commission

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Too much money in our elections undermines representative democracy. But the FEC can begin to right its wrongs. It should recommit to enforcing the law and safeguarding democracy. And perhaps sometimes soon, the FEC should invite the public back to the podium for some good old-fashioned free speech -- the kind that doesn't cost a dime.

What the Anti-vax Movement Tells Us About Corruption

Brian Boyko | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

The anti-vax movement does show that even when the government isn't corrupt, when it appears to be, it has dire consequences.

Paul Blumenthal

GOP Consultant Pleads Guilty In First Super PAC Coordination Conviction

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican Party political operative pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally coordinating with a super PAC while he ran a congressional c...

Why I'm Spending $900 Million in 2016 -- And You Should Too

Jonathan Bines | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Bines

If you believe in America, then there really is no excuse for not spending $900 million and joining the great American experiment that is our democracy. You see, $900 million may sound like a lot of money. But according to the Supreme Court, it's not. It's a lot of speech. The Koch Brothers understand this.

We Can't Wait for the Next Watergate Scandal

Ben Cohen  | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

In the 40 years since Congress established strict restrictions on campaign financing, the Chamber of Commerce and the Supreme Court have hacked away at government oversight with their First Amendment sickles.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says The Campaign Field Is 'Being Polluted By Money'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doubled down Wednesday on her belief that Citizens United was the worst decision made by the current U.S. Su...

Republican "Money Primary" Claims Its First "Biggest Loser" in Mitt Romney

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

It's a year before the first actual citizens get to cast their votes in the 2016 Presidential primary election, but the even more important Money Primary is already going full tilt in back rooms, luxury resorts, and billionaire's private homes.

Congressman Can't Get Any Of His Colleagues To Stop Fundraising For 12 Days

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) has promised to forgo fundraising while the House is in session in February -- an effort he's dubbed "Fundraising Free Februa...

'Plutocrat Primary' Looms as First Real 2016 Test

Miles Rapoport | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

In both parties, the first prerequisite for success in next year's White House contest will be a strong performance in the Plutocrat Primary. The candidates who do well there will go into the other primaries and caucuses -- the ones where the rest of us have a vote -- with resources sufficient to drown out their opponents and with big-time obligations to their wealthy donors.

The '16 GOP Field Is 'Off' as Kochs Make Tender Offer for U.S. Gov't

Mark Green | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Mark Green

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Conason and Clarke debate "Iowa Freedom Summit" and Mitt's failure to launch. Will Walker be the JimmyWho or Bachmann of 2016? With 20 contenders, this contest can't be clown car -- at worst a clown bus. Then: will the Kochs inspire a backlash that helps overturn Citizens United?

Paul Blumenthal

2016 Presidential Candidates Use Pre-Announcement Phase To Push Fundraising Limits

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential campaign is already in its beta launch stage, as candidates are beginning to roll themselves out so audiences of p...

Koch Monster

Jeff Danziger | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Mitch McConnell, Really!

Gerry Myers | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Instead of embracing and building on Obama's policies, where the U.S. has experienced 58 months of continued economic growth, Mitch wants to revert back to the policies under George W. Bush. Has he forgotten that those policies collapsed our economy?

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Citizens United Protest Inside the Supreme Court

Lauren Windsor | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Chief Justice John Roberts, the primary proponent of the "expansive" interpretation of money as speech, was shockingly not supportive of this particular display of the First Amendment.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Citizens United

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 03.25.2015 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

I know this is a difficult concept to accept for this consumeristic capitalistic culture we live in today, but, "No. You should not be able to put the elections on Ebay." Every candidate needs to be heard. Get their message out loud enough and clear enough.

Bribery Is a Bargain for Big Oil

Stephen Kretzmann | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Stephen Kretzmann

If you are wondering why a pipeline that would create fewer jobs than a new McDonalds is the number one priority of what used to be known as "the world's greatest deliberative body," you are not alone. The answer, unsurprisingly, has everything to do with money.

5 Years After Citizens United, Big Oil and Gas Money Spills Into Colorado State Elections

Peg Perl | Posted 03.23.2015 | Denver
Peg Perl

Colorado law has attempted to blunt the crushing effect of big money in politics through strong public disclosure laws that require spending by each of these groups in candidate elections to be reported online to Colorado voters.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Link Middle Class Woes To Need For Campaign Finance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, House and Senate Democrats aimed all the spotlights...

Barack Obama: 'The Citizens United Decision Was Wrong'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama issued a strong statement Wednesday in opposition to the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizen's United decision, a ruling he believes "...

Five Years After Citizens United, Billionaires Are Buying Democracy

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The billionaire class has views that are profoundly out of step with everyday Americans. And that goes a long way to explain the agenda of the new Congress.

Saving Our Republic From Citizens United

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Today, in the face of limitless anonymous political donations and dramatically widening inequality, our government is slowly starting to look more like an oligarchy, governed according to the whims of a special few. Thankfully, there are straightforward steps Congress can take right now to reverse this deeply troubling trend.

A Democracy for All of Us

Marge Baker | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

January in the year after an election is a busy time on Capitol Hill. As new members of Congress get settled in their offices and parties pick their leadership teams, political donors brave the cold to visit members of Congress they helped get elected.