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Citizens United

Paul Blumenthal

GOP Super PAC Launches Its First Salvo In 2012 Senate Races | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- American Crossroads, the head of the Super PAC wing of the Republican Party, has launched its first salvo in the 2012 congressional elec...

Jason Linkins

Forecasters Predict Spending On Campaign Ads Will Reach Nightmarish Levels In 2012 | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.22.2011 | Media

Here's some good news for people who work in broadcast television: the 2012 campaign season is ramping up, and it seems that your sector of the economy is about to be stimulated. By billions of terrible political ads!

Russ Feingold Is Emerging as a Significant Force Against Corporate Control of Our Government

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Perhaps President Abraham Lincoln's famous words of hope for a "... government of the people, by the people, for the people..." will yet ring true again -- with a little help from Russ Feingold and his growing movement.

Paul Blumenthal

Super PACs Find New Way To Hide Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

Independent political committees that can accept unlimited funds from corporations and individuals, or Super PACs, are receiving contributions from no...

The People's Business

Adam Skaggs | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Adam Skaggs

Secret spending in elections is toxic. The Obama administration's draft executive order to increase transparency in political spending is a big step in the right direction. It is time for the president to sign it.

Paul Blumenthal

Sharron Angle Breaks New Citizens United Ground, Raising Unlimited Corporate Cash | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON-- The wild west of post-Citizens United campaign finance regulation has a new frontier in Nevada. Controversial former Republican Senat...

Let's Put It in Writing: Women Are Equal

Carolyn Maloney | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics
Carolyn Maloney

Most Americans believe women already have the same rights as men under our Constitution. But sadly they are mistaken.

Federal Judge's "New" Misguided Decision to Overturn the Ban on Corporate Contributions

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 08.08.2011 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Judge Cacheris's idea that the Citizens United decision somehow "silently" overruled the Beaumont decision upholding the constitutionality of the corporate contribution ban is meritless.

Dan Froomkin

Activists Target Target Stores Over Corporate Political Donations | Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics

There are many fronts in the battle to rein in unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns. One involves using shareholder groups to pressure ...

A Job for Everyone: Democracy in America

Pam Spritzer | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics
Pam Spritzer

Fourteen million Americans were unemployed in May. All the while, corporations rake in record profits. This disconnect between public need and public policy is causing widespread suffering. Why isn't our government serving us, and what can we do?

Stand Up for Main Street!

Steve Skrovan | Posted 08.03.2011 | Entertainment
Steve Skrovan

I think they were under the mistaken impression that I was a Hollywood player. I've never been on a board before. I have no organizational experience. And everything I know about the law, I learned from the OJ trial.

Will Corporations Be Prohibited From Giving to Candidates After All?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

In part, the Court has stated that direct contributions give rise to fears of actual or apparent corruption, while independent expenditures do not.

Corporations Can Now Donate Directly to Candidates (According to One Federal Judge)

Jessica Levinson | Posted 07.28.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Even if the ruling stands, there is an argument to be made that it will make little practical difference. As a result of Citizens United, corporations can spend unlimited sums in opposition or in support of candidates.

Campaign Finance Ruling Inappropriately Attempts to Overrule Supreme Court Decision

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Federal district courts cannot overrule Supreme Court decisions. But that is exactly what the district court judge in United States v. William Danielczyk, Jr. is now attempting to do.

Judge Rules Corporate Donations Ban Unconstitutional

AP | By MATTHEW BARAKAT | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- A U.S. judge has ruled that the campaign finance law banning corporations from making contributions to federal candidates is uncons...

Democrats Need Their Koch Families

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

The 2012 election involves historically high stakes and could be decided by razor-thin margins of victory. These elections should not be decided because Republicans take legal donations and Democrats do not.

Can The DNC and Our President Break Their Establishment Ties?

Pearl Korn | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

For the DNC to become relevant again, it needs to truly embrace that spirit of "change" from 2008 and support some real Progressives for Congress in 2012.

GOP Election Plan Comes As Logical Outgrowth Of Citizens United

Mother Jones | Stephanie Mencimer | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics

The Republican Super PAC is the logical outgrowth of Citizens United and a series of other recent court decisions that have overturned long-standing r...

The Republican Supreme Court Sticks It to the Little Guy (Again)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 07.15.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Once again the US Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts has shown the nation it will always favor corporations over people even if it means conjuring new law out of thin air.

The U.S. Chamber's Big Lie on Election Spending

David Arkush | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
David Arkush

According to the chamber, Obama wants disclosure of contractors' election spending to"retaliate" against groups whose political views the administration disfavors. In truth, the only people who don't know what's going on are the voters.

Darrell Issa's Latest Investigation: The Threats of Government Transparency

Michael Keegan | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

At the start of the 112th Congress, Issa started the House Transparency Caucus. But curiously, since then he hasn't actually shown any interest in promoting government transparency or accountability.

Dan Froomkin

Democrats Increasingly Scared Of Angering Deep Pockets, Survey Says | Dan Froomkin | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic congressional staffers are increasingly wary of alienating corporate lobbyists for fear of inciting a massive advertising bli...

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Wonderland

Robert Weissman | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

It's a good rule of thumb: If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- the trade association for large corporations -- is whipped up about something, there's p...

Al Franken Makes Senate Stand for Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.05.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Last month, a Republican-led House voted on a "resolution of disapproval" that would strip the FCC of any authority to safeguard freedom of speech and freedom of choice on the Internet. Now, Al Franken is fighting back.

Dan Froomkin

Maryland To Require Companies To Post Election Spending Online | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.25.2011 | Politics

A bill awaiting the Maryland governor’s signature could serve as a template for national campaign finance reform laws, in light of last year's Supre...