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Senator Bernie Sanders Launches His Political Revolution for the Presidency of the United States

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has no illusions about what it will take for his campaign -- and the American people -- to overcome the obscene amounts of money controlling our politics and country these days. He sees the effects of this legalized bribery every day in D.C.

Corporate Disclosure Benefits Both Businesses and Democracy

Steve Roth | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Steve Roth

Investors need information about political spending so that they can make informed decisions. Political activity creates risk for companies, as Target discovered in 2010 when it saw boycotts in response to political spending in favor of a gubernatorial candidate who opposed same-sex marriage.

GOP Crowd Applauds Calling Immigrants Rats and Roaches

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

During a focus group led by GOP pollster Frank Luntz at the South Carolina Freedom Summit, the mother-in-law of Citizens United president David Bossie compared immigrants to rats and roaches, to the delight of the audience. Bossie is the organizer of the summit, one in a series of cattle calls for GOP presidential hopefuls.

Why Are Conservatives Abandoning States' Rights for Big Banks?

Paul Bland | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Paul Bland

Why are the Republican Attorneys' General, who go on and on about loving states' rights, trying to roll back the clock to an era when state consumer protection laws were widely stomped out in favor of federal regulatory agencies?

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Puts America's Corporate Elites On Notice | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

(Photo: Andrew Burton via Getty Images) This article is part of a Huffington Post series, on the occasion of the site's 10th anniversary, look...

The Epic Descent Into a Money-Fueled Corruption Pit

Ben Cohen  | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

While nine in ten Americans agree there's too much corporate money in politics, Doug Hughes alone decided to carry out a life-endangering mission to expose Washington's descent into a money-fueled corruption pit.

Paul Blumenthal

Supreme Court Actually Upholds Campaign Finance Restrictions On Judicial Fundraising | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld the right of states to ban elected judges from soliciting campaign contribution...

Money, Money, Money

Gerry Myers | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

There is an old saying, "Money is the root of all evil." While money may not cause evil in all circumstances, it certainly can sway some people toward the path of corruption and bad behavior.

Jason Linkins

Hot Trend For 2016: Even More Extravagant Super PAC Lies And Corruption! | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

According to the Associated Press, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is poised to "give [the] traditional campaign a makeover." Which sounds exciting! ...

On Earth Day, Clean Up Our Polluted Planet and Polluted Politics

Christine Pelosi | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Christine Pelosi

The Republican claims are laughable -- but the GOP budget cuts seeking to decimate the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy are deadly serious.

Why Some Profit-Hungry Corporations Hate Earth Day

Ben Cohen  | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Ben Cohen 

Earth day is a reminder that change takes time and work, and decades of commoditized political influence can only be undone by "We the People" through a constitutional amendment that states, "Money is not free speech -- and corporations are not people."

Paul Blumenthal

The Chamber Of Commerce Is Fighting Fiercely To Stop The Scourge Of Corporate Transparency | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This spring, shareholders in more than 100 companies will introduce resolutions calling for greater disclosure of corporations' politica...

Beachside Homes, Private Jets, Rolex Watches, All the Perks of Being a Corrupt Politician

Ben Cohen  | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

There is massive outrage bubbling up in every corner of this country from both conservatives and liberals about how politicians serve big money over We the People.

Marco's Mask and Hillary as the Mom-Next-Door

Mark Green | Posted 04.19.2015 | Politics
Mark Green


Rubio's meme is "I'm the future", but models JFK and Obama didn't want to go back to '20s and '50s. Clinton's is "I'm your neighbor's mom", but will GOP Evita-ize her? Lowry and Vanden Heuvel discuss both as well as whether the bi-partisan agreement on Congress's role on Iran Deal is win-win for both parties.

Dollars in Democracy -- Part I: Super PACs

Daniel Kim | Posted 06.16.2015 | College
Daniel Kim

Immense amounts of money from super PACs are flooding in to support politicians. The implications of lobbying are up for debate. However, it seems that lobbying provides a significant amount of political clout going to those with the greatest wealth.

Paul Blumenthal

Montana Republicans And Democrats Unite To Ban Dark Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Montana legislature passed sweeping campaign finance legislation on Wednesday that will require the disclosure of all donors to any ...

If an Ice Cap Melts in the Arctic and the GOP Doesn't See It, Did It Really Melt?

Ben Cohen  | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Since the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling five years ago, the influx of big money in politics has distorted Washington's ability to represent the people's interests over corporate interests.

Clinton's Iowa Game-Changer

Brent Budowsky | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

I will have much more to say about this topic in an upcoming column. For today, take note: Hillary Clinton's support for a national campaign against the corruption of big money in politics is a game-changer and an important moment in the 2016 campaign.

The Age of Insanity (Part 5)

Barry Levinson | Posted 06.13.2015 | Comedy
Barry Levinson

I continue to worry about what I have referred to in past posts as "the age of insanity." Recently I met with R.H. Flutes, my old friend from the Lying Institute of America. Dr. R.H. Flutes was in a jubilant mood because his former student, Ted Cruz, was on the presidential campaign trail.

I Give America 75 Years... 100 at Most

Jim Moore | Posted 06.13.2015 | Politics
Jim Moore

There is a more present death awaiting Americans, and it, too, involves entropy and ultimate hopelessness.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Makes It Official: She Is Running

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Over the next months, they will hear her platform and policy initiatives and realize that she is the right person to be president. Hillary will run a campaign that will reach out across party lines in the same way she did when she was in the Senate.

Commonwealth Club and Chevron CEO Shamed into Silence

Paul Paz y Miño | Posted 04.03.2015 | Green
Paul Paz y Miño

Following close to 5000 emails and a letter from over 40 environmental and human rights NGOs, a spirited group of activists disrupted the San Francisco Commonwealth Club's annual gala last week.

Giving the Facts a Fighting Chance

Tom Steyer | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Tom Steyer

Last year, I challenged the Koch brothers to meet me for a debate so that we could have an open, transparent exchange of ideas. Unfortunately, they refused, so I'm about to give them another chance. I am formally inviting the Kochs -- again -- to participate in a public debate.

Why I Ditched My Credit Cards for Cash

Ben Cohen  | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Corporate greed and power has overtaken our political system. Recent Supreme Court rulings chose to empower rich donors over voters.

Paul Blumenthal

Bob Menendez Corruption Case Reads Like An Indictment Of Citizens United Ruling, Too | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The indictment of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on public corruption charges is the first bribery case involving the use of corporate polit...