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Clean Elections

In Maine, Lessons for Money in Politics Activists

Marc Caplan | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Marc Caplan

Mainers sent the nation a message on Tuesday, strongly approving a money in politics ballot initiative that puts control of elections back in the voters' hands and reduces the power of big money.

Maine Voters Hope To Restore Their Revolutionary Election System

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 1996, Maine became the first state to enact a public financing system for statewide elections, inspiring other places, including Ariz...

The Campaign Everyone Should Be Talking About - No, Not Hilary's

Cameron Fegers | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Cameron Fegers

A republic which remains unchecked by the people it was intended to represent is in no form a republic. Because of the people of Maine, in November, America will witness a decision handed down not by the government or special interests, but by the people.

Gov. Cuomo's Moment of Truth

Miles Rapoport | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

The legislation includes tighter contribution limits and beefed-up enforcement of New York's campaign finance laws. But its centerpiece is a "fair elections" program that would boost the clout of small-dollar campaign donors by supplementing their modest contributions with public matching funds.

Why Climate Change Is Ignored

Jay Mandle | Posted 03.28.2014 | Green
Jay Mandle

To explain why Congress has failed to address the climate change crisis we need look no further than to the biases caused by the way we fund our politics.

Remember the Clean Elections Act

Edward Erikson | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
Edward Erikson

Given its success, Maine should stand out as a paragon for the country to follow. Instead, Mainers are fighting to save their clean elections law.

How One State Senate Just Screwed the Whole Nation

Josh Silver | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Josh Silver

What happened in Albany last week has major implications for national anti-corruption efforts that are central to making progress on the issues that you care about most, yet keep losing. Health care, climate change, education, financial oversight, military spending... the list goes on.

It Takes a Democracy Movement

Calvin Sloan | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Calvin Sloan

"It's not that the system is broken," says the conservative populist Governor Buddy Roemer, "it's that it's bought." The question that logically follows is what we, the American people, can do about it. How can we remove the corroding influence of money in politics?

Cuomo Can Fix New York's 'Pay to Play' Reputation and Set National Example

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.29.2013 | New York
Michael Keegan

The state of New York has become an embarrassing example of what can happen when money is allowed to rule politics. But New York and its governor, Andrew Cuomo, now have an opportunity to shed the state's pay-to-play image.

Hawaii Showing the Way Toward Cleaner Elections

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The Hawaii drive for public financing of campaigns is another illustration of how Americans are pushing back against the Supreme Court's ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations have the same rights as people.

From Behind the Counter: A Different View of the 47%

Diane Russell | Posted 11.19.2012 | Politics
Diane Russell

I believe in an American Dream predicated on a system where everyone plays by the same rules, where the game isn't rigged to benefit the elite at the expense of the rest of us, and where a convenience store clerk can run for state office -- and win.

Paul Blumenthal

Soros Son's New Super PAC Has Ironic Mission | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The newest super PAC ready to make a splash in the fall elections may be the least likely. Friends of Democracy -- which is headed by Jo...

Recovering Democracy After Citizens United

Rep. Chellie Pingree | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Rep. Chellie Pingree

It's crazy that the Constitution has to be amended to clarify what for the majority of Americans is a clear and true statement: corporations are not people. But that's where we find ourselves today.

Lessons I've Learned From Maine Clean Elections

Andy O'Brien | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Andy O'Brien

Money may talk, but it shouldn't buy our democracy and here in Maine, we have proven that there's a better way.

Cleaning Up Elections? It's Simpler Than You Think.

Roger Wolfson | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Roger Wolfson

Simply overturning Citizens United won't provide us with a campaign system that provides fair results. We were doing poorly before Citizens United, too. We need a far more aggressive change than just overturning that one ruling.

Maine Bill Would Challenge Citizens United Ruling

Jon Hinck | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Jon Hinck

Reversing the baleful impact of the Citizens United ruling and instituting effective election reform will not be accomplish quickly, but the longer we wait, the more entrenched these corrupting influences will become. We must act now.

Citizens United Turns Two: Democracy Is Not a Game

Liz Kennedy | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Liz Kennedy

After two years of growing public opposition and mounting evidence of the damage of uncontrolled money in politics, the Court should reconsider its decision in Citizens United.

Democracy For The 99%

Nick Nyhart | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

Hundreds of candidates across the country have already run and won depending only small donations combined with public funds.

One Lesson Not to Take From the Midterms

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Money makes politicians beholden to outside interests, distracts them from their jobs, and shuts good people out.

'Soul Of A Citizen' Excerpt: Taking Money Out Of Politics: A Grassroots Effort For Clean Elections

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

Maine's Clean Elections Act passed with 56 percent of the vote, and it changed Maine's politics. By 2008, three quarters of the candidates in the state were participating.

Press Conference Drives Reform Message

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

This is exactly the kind of message we need to be driving as part of a larger campaign in these elections -- that change has not come to Washington because corporations have been too big a part of the roadblocks.

Visioning Democracy

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Change in politics does not occur without passion, and passion in turn requires a compelling vision of how things could be done differently. In this, ...

"Clean Elections" Stifles Speech

David M. Primo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David M. Primo

The Supreme Court is now considering whether to hear Arizona Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett, a First Amendment challenge to Arizona's unconstitutional "Clean Elections" system.

Nobody's Puppet

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Corporations and the extraordinarily wealthy have too much control over our government and over our society. We need to stand up and fight back. And that's why I'm running for Congress.

Props to Know in CA: Yes on 15, No on 16!

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
John Wellington Ennis

Pacific Gas & Electric has spent over $46 million to get you to vote for their monopoly in our elections.