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Citizens United

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold Launches New Project: 'Progressives United' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs. Others go straight to Wall Street. But Wisconsin Democrat Russ ...

Who Is Influencing Obama's Budget Proposal? Follow the Funders

Rob Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Johnson

The president seems content to conform to the prevailing suspicion of government. And that suits many in the top three percent of the wealth distribution just fine.

The Chamber of Commerce Wants Infrastructure? Prove It

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Last week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported President Obama's call for increased public investment in infrastructure. That's great. Now it's time they tell it to all those Tea Partiers.

At 'Summit for People,' Cautious Optimism About Ending Citizens United

James M. Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James M. Russell

For Annabel Park, founder of the Coffee Party USA, the influence of corporations on elections is "a cancer in our political system." Speaking by phone...

How to Talk About Citizens United

Ryan Clayton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ryan Clayton

You probably already know most of the story of Citizens United and know that it's a bad thing for our democracy. The question is how to talk about Citizens United in a way that convinces other people to realize this too.

SOTU: Parsing Obama's 'Clean Energy' Promises

Daphne Wysham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daphne Wysham

Tellingly, President Barack Obama didn't utter the two words "climate change" once in his State of the Union speech. He did, however, mention "clean energy" several times. But what does that even mean now?

The Corporation in Chief

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

Many Americans were surprised by the Citizens United decision, and a few recognized it for what it was -- the inevitable conclusion of a four-decade-long strategy.

Zach Carter

Selling Out Small Business | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Throughout Wednesday's House floor debate over the repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul, Republicans frequently claimed t...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Silicon Valley rocked as Google turned the Page on Eric Schmidt, while Steve Jobs took another medical leave. And the media world was rocked when Keith Olbermann's Countdown hit 0. Elsewhere, Ricky Gervais kneed the Hollywood Foreign Press in its Golden Globes; Comcast became the proud owner of a Peacock; Sarah Palin sat down with Sean Hannity to tell him that she's "not going to sit down and shut up"; Barack Obama served Chinese at the White House; Joe Lieberman announced his retirement, then made us wish it wasn't two years away when he maintained that Saddam actually did have WMD; Gabby Giffords left the hospital for rehab; Citizens United turned one year old (next up: the GOP's attempt to repeal the presidential public financing system, putting elections even more in the hands of corporate donors); and JFK's "ask not" speech turned 50, its call to service as powerful -- and as needed -- as ever.

Following the Activity One Year After Citizens United

Ellen Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellen Miller

This Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision. We here at Sunlight recognize that if Congress and th...

One Year After Citizens United, the Corporate Court Is Still Open for Business

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

The Corporate Court has displayed a clear pattern of overreach and ideological bias.

Happy Birthday, Citizens United!

Jamin Raskin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

Happy Birthday, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission! You're one year old today, big boy. But just think of all the fine things you've done already.

The Fight to Mitigate the Enormous Damage Done by the Citizens United Decision Must Continue

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Citizens United decision will not stand the test of time. It is built on a house of cards and will collapse in the future, hopefully sooner than later.

How to End Political Ad Secrecy

Ron Freund | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Freund

Shareholders should file resolutions requiring television companies to refuse political ads from groups which don't provide full disclosure of donors. Ironically, the concentration of TV ownership makes this approach practical.

Court and Chevron's "Crude" Attacks Continue

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Joe Berlinger's back is against the wall. Last week the independent filmmaker, already facing crushing debt from legal bills, was dealt a major blow i...

A Supreme Conflict of Interest

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Justices Scalia and Thomas are entitled to their political views. But if they attended or took part in the kind of events described in the Koch letter while the Citizens United case was pending, then they had no business voting on it.

Citizens United v. United Citizens: Building a Movement to Drive Money Out of Politics

Gideon Rosenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gideon Rosenblatt

Dissatisfaction with our political system runs much broader than the progressive community, and it would be a huge mistake to frame the current threat to American democracy as a solely progressive issue.

Let Freedom Ring -- Now! Now!!

Dr. Paul Zeitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Paul Zeitz

As Dr. King told us, we cannot walk alone. The destiny of all Americans is inextricably bound together. My greatest hope is that the justice movement will be a way for all of us to stand together to "Build the Dream!"

The Ugly American Is Back

Simon Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Jenkins

Free speech needs its own discipline, however enforced. The best rebuttal of the politics of hate is a torrent of love, and if not love then at least of facts.

Scalia et al Make Up Corporate Constitutional Rights

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

The Supreme Court has divined new rights to corporations not found in the Constitution -- rights that run precisely counter to the idea of guarding against concentrated power.

The Fallacies of the Citizens United Decision

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Compare: Justice Kennedy, majority decision in Citizens United, January 21, 2010: With the advent of the Internet, prompt disclosure of expenditures...

Equal Justice for Whom?

Patricia Ireland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia Ireland

Apparently the omission of corporations from the First Amendment does not trouble Justice Scalia as much as the failure to mention women in the Fourteenth. What's his problem with women?

Time to Stand Up for the Public Sector

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

For the last forty years, the Right's demonization of government is one of the reasons why the wealthy and big Wall Street banks have been allowed to siphon off a greater and greater share of the nation's wealth from the middle class.

2010 "Person" of the Year: The U.S. Supreme Court

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It's difficult to look beyond the tumult of current events and ask: "what happened this year that will be remembered ten, twenty, or fifty years from now?" However, there was one 2010 event that looms above the others: the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court Decision. That decision signifies a new phase of American history -- the Corporatist period where multinational corporations have unbridled political influence to systematically and profoundly weaken our democracy.

Departing Democrat Warns Of Rise Of 'Fascism'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. John Hall (D-N.Y.), who is leaving Capitol Hill after being defeated by Republican challenger Nan Hayworth, recently warned that with the massive...