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Trump's Latest Reality Show: Dialing for Dollars

David Paine | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
David Paine

History has shown, the hard way, that democracy only works if citizens have confidence that their government is equitable and works for all the People. Not just the rich and powerful. Right now, that's not the case in America.

The Lessons and Legacy of a Watergate Baby

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Three years ago today, my friend and mentor passed away unexpectedly. By its nature, sudden death is shocking. It's especially stunning when it happens to someone as vibrant and healthy as Bob Edgar appeared the day before he died, when he wisecracked to me that he figured he had until age 70 before "living on borrowed time."

This Group Raised $11 Million To Defeat Citizens United. So Why Do People Hate Them?

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In March 2015, a new group showed up on the political scene, seemingly out of thin air. It called itself End Citizens United PAC and sai...

Advice to Hillary and Bernie: Run to Make a Difference, Not Just to Win

Gary Ferdman | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Gary Ferdman

Many progressive Democrats are conflicted about the 2016 presidential campaign. They see themselves, unlike Republicans, as having the opportunity to choose between two responsible adults with vast experience and progressive positions on most crucial issues.

Political Advertising Is About To Become A Lot More Transparent

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to expand a political advertising transparency rule to cover cable a...

Solutions to the Influence of Big Money in Politics: Heeding President Obama's Call

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

President Obama's valedictory State of the Union last week brimmed with optimism. Refraining from a traditional laundry list of policy proposals, he stayed rooted in big themes about America, our future and the challenges ahead. He spoke eloquently about how our democracy is built upon "voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love."

New Tax Documents Show How Secret Money Infects Campaigns on Both Sides

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

New tax documents released last week confirm what we've known for years: sophisticated political operatives on the right and the left continue to use phony social welfare organizations to pump tens of millions of anonymous dollars into our elections.

ALEC: Paying for Corporate Lobbying With Our Tax Dollars

Mike Lux | Posted 05.30.2016 | Politics
Mike Lux

I know that sounds like a dramatic thing to say, but when more than 100 major corporations find it too embarrassing to be associated with you anymore, you know things have to be pretty bad. And what drives me crazy is that my tax dollars are subsidizing ALEC's corporate lobbying.

Uncovered: Corporate Lobbying Funded by Your Tax Dollars

Lauren Windsor | Posted 05.28.2016 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Brendan Fischer of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) tells us about CMD and Common Cause's latest submission to the International Revenue Service (IRS) showing that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) functions as a corporate lobbying group, in violation of the tax code for 501(c)(3) charities.

ALEC Climate Denial: Corporate Bill Mill Threatens Lawsuit for Saying So

Steve Horn | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has threatened public interest group Common Cause with a lawsuit for pointing out what the public record has made clear: ALEC denies the scientific consensus on climate change.

ALEC Climate Change Denial: Attacks on Climate Regulations and Clean Energy Solutions

Gabe Elsner | Posted 06.07.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

These pro-clean energy policies translate into direct market competition for ALEC's corporate membership in the fossil fuel, coal, and utility industries.

A Call to Arms

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Never has the foundational constitutional principle of one person, one vote been so undermined by a Supreme Court majority that apparently believes money is king.

More Lies From ALEC About Climate Change

Elliott Negin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

If ALEC were an honest broker, it would recommend market-based solutions, like the Republican-inspired, acid rain cap-and-trade program championed by President George H.W. Bush. But that's not likely going to happen, because doing so would alienate its fossil fuel industry and trade association members.

Electing Our Leaders Today: The Torah of Our Choosing

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

You may set, yes, set over you some to hold office, Who are aware that the Breath of Life is One, Uniting all, breathing into life all God's Creation.

Campaign Finance Reform: Making Gains on the State Level

Robert A. DeLeo | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Robert A. DeLeo

When voters go to the polls, they deserve as much information as possible in making decisions about our government. Unfortunately, self-determination, one of the rights we hold most dear is under assault by cloaked spending.

Why Ferguson's About Net Neutrality, Too

Michael Winship | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Yes, we're talking about preserving Net neutrality, preventing the FCC from allowing the Internet to be split into fast lanes for the rich and slow lanes for the rest of us, lanes that could be clogged or blocked to prevent word from getting out about corporate and government malfeasance.

Americans Can Do Anything

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The majority of Americans want the minimum wage raised, unemployment insurance extended, Social Security protected, and infrastructure like highways improved, but that's not what Congress is doing. Instead, it is slashing the budget in ways that the majority hates, including cutting food stamps and preserving tax breaks for corporations.

The Fight Goes On: FCC Votes to Consider Rules That Could End Net Neutrality

Michael Winship | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

The vote was taken at the Federal Communications Commission Thursday morning, as drums pounded and hundreds of demonstrators supporting Net neutrality chanted outside FCC headquarters.

Dare to Be 100: John Gardner, Uncommon American

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Every life can be measured by the friends that one makes along the way. My life is incredibly richer because of the friendship of one man, John Gardne...

Mindful Politics

Ira Israel | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics
Ira Israel

It is the electorate's fault that we have allowed corporations to hijack our government, influence politicians to deregulate their industries and then save them when they fail.

Is Verizon Wireless 'Profit Pumping,' Dumping Expenses Into the Wireline Networks? Time to Investigate

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

New Report Leads to a Call for an Investigation of Verizon New York and Verizon's affiliates including Verizon Wireless and "Verizon Services." On Se...

What Good Government Can Do For You

Carmille Lim | Posted 11.06.2013 | Hawaii
Carmille Lim

Growing up, I spent summers in the Philippines, my home country. During those summers I witnessed political corruption and abuse of power that was all too common for ordinary citizens. Moneyed influence was blatantly obvious in the legislative and local bodies, and even the Commission on Elections.

The "Filibuster" Fight Was Really About Our Core Values -- And It's Not Over

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This week's battle should be a learning moment for the American people. Who'll have the courage and honesty to tell them the truth? Who will lead the battle to restore American democracy?

The Filibuster: No More Half-steps, Please!

Dale Eisman | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Dale Eisman

Tuesday is shaping up as D-Day in the Senate's battle over the filibuster, with Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Mitch McConnell squaring off in a conflict that most Americans are ignoring but which has important implications for our government.

Leave Election Integrity to Chance

American Statistical Association | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
American Statistical Association

Even if we count votes by hand, there will be mistakes. How can we have confidence in the results?