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OFA and the Fundraising Thing

Mike Lux | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

To say a president and other politicians shouldn't try to raise money to help fight for his agenda is simply wrong, especially with the huge buckets of money being raised and spent to fight him.

Kathleen Miles

CALIFORNIA VS. CITIZENS UNITED

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.21.2013 | Los Angeles

California voters are poised to become the largest electorate to decide whether to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the U.S. Sup...

Tilting at Windmills

Helen Grieco | Posted 04.22.2013 | Green
Helen Grieco

This month, a U.S. District court ruled that yes, the commercial Drakes Bay Oyster Company squatting in Point Reyes National Seashore after its lease expired had to vacate as long planned.

Kathleen Miles

Get Ready To Vote On Citizens United

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 01.25.2013 | Los Angeles

Following the most expensive presidential election in history, Los Angeles voters are set to become the largest electorate to vote whether to support ...

The Missed Messages of Election Day

Bob Edgar | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The campaign post-mortems -- and recriminations on the Republican side -- already are underway and some big messages sent on Election Day already are being missed.

Dan Froomkin

Polling Place Vigilantes In Training

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Concerned that a veritable army of Tea Partyers will descend on polling places in minority neighborhoods to challenge and intimidate vot...

Please Write Cardinal Dolan Now

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Even if both parties seek him to invoke God's blessings on them, we are confronting one aspect of his work: the hierarchy's stern criticism of American nuns, and its campaign to deny some women insurance coverage for contraception.

John Celock

GOP Election Boss Told To Stop 'Red Herring' Focus

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics

A new report which has ranked Kansas as one of six states most likely to have problems with accurate vote counts, led a Democratic legislator to call ...

John Celock

Six States Given Bad Voting Grades

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

Six states received the lowest grades for their abilities to accurately count election results based on their lack of access to paper ballots, accordi...

The Constitution Rules, Even Over Senators

Bob Edgar | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics
Bob Edgar

We're convinced that the Senate's power to adopt its own rules is limited to rules that do not conflict with the Constitutio

ALEC anti-union push includes key players from Michigan, Arizona think tanks

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Paul AbowdiWatch NewsThe American Legislative Exchange Council, which backs free-market legislation in the states, has been controversial in part...

Elise Foley

Dream Act Supporters Sue The Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Would-be Dream Act beneficiaries aren't just angry that the bill failed in the Senate in 2010: Some also are joining a lawsuit seeking a...

Dan Froomkin

ALEC Talking Points: Duck the Tough Questions!

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) first started facing public scrutiny about its extraordinary ability to turn "mode...

ALEC exempted from lobbyist status in three separate states

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Paul AbowdiWatch NewsThis spring has brought constant controversy for the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative group of legisl...

Amanda Terkel

ALEC Has Special Exemption In South Carolina's Lobbying Law

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In recent weeks, the world of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been turned inside out, as progressives have raised a...

ALEC Hit With Serious Accusation

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Open government advocates accused a conservative legislative group Monday of falsely claiming tax-exempt status while doing wid...

NRA Becomes Toxic When Exposed to Light

Daniel Gross | Posted 06.23.2012 | Politics
Daniel Gross

When exposed to the light, the NRA's agenda becomes toxic. And Americans want nothing to do with those who conspire to bring about the gun lobby's dangerous "guns everywhere" vision they saw played out that February night in Sanford, Florida.

Proposed Michigan Amendment Would Require Corporations To Disclose Political Spending

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 03.08.2012 | Detroit

Jocelyn Benson wants to bring greater transparency to political campaigns and lobbying efforts in Michigan, and the Wayne State law professor kicked o...

Occupy Corporations: How to Cut Corporate Power

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.07.2012 | Politics
Bill Quigley

The legal fiction of corporate personhood and the constitutional rights taken by corporations must cease.

Citizens United: How Did it Happen? (VIDEO)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

The anniversary of the ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC is an opportunity to review how this transformative decision was reached -- the perfect storm of politicized jurisprudence, corporate entitlement and a narrowly tilted bench.

Dan Froomkin

Hate Citizens United? Here's An Idea

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- What do you do when people are growing increasingly angry about the influence of money on the political system -- but that very same pol...

Can Occupy Overturn Citizens United? "Dear 99%ers..."

Mark Green | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Mark Green

Nothing could enhance American democracy more than if Occupy Wall Street helped enact the 28th Constitutional Amendment to end the pretense that corporations are people who speak with money. The 99% can stop the privatization of government.

Are Corporations People? LA Leads The Nation On The Issue

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 12.06.2011 | Los Angeles

On Tuesday, Los Angeles could become the first city to officially endorse amending the United States Constitution to state that only human beings, not...

Gingrich's Lesson on Our Lobbying Laws

Bob Edgar | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Bob Edgar

His career has periodically mixed politics with academics, so it's no surprise that Newt Gingrich is now giving official Washington a lesson on the absurd weakness of our lobbying laws.

Mike Sacks

Justice Clarence Thomas Feeling More Heat

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) is turning up the heat on Justice Clarence Thomas based on new information that builds upon previous repo...