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Paul Blumenthal

Republicans Very Troubled By Clinton Donors See No Conflict With Their Own Dark Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For four months, the Republican Party and its many presidential hopefuls have laid into likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over d...

Clinton Foundation Must Stop Hiding Behind Dark Money Groups

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

The Clinton Foundation claims that it's committed to transparency - but clearly, it's not.

Hillary's "Fix"

Jay Mandle | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Jay Mandle

What significance should be attached to Hillary Clinton's recent statement that we should "fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if it takes a constitutional amendment?"

Jason Linkins

Hot Trend For 2016: Even More Extravagant Super PAC Lies And Corruption!

HuffingtonPost.com | 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! ...

Paul Blumenthal

Montana Republicans And Democrats Unite To Ban Dark Money

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Adam Smith Says...

Jay Mandle | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Adam Smith, the founder of modern economics, got a lot of things right. Here is something he said in 1776 that, with only slight adjustment, describes what is happening to the political system in this country.

6 Ways to Get Big Money Out of Politics

Ben Cohen  | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

As gobs and gobs of money in the form of campaign contributions keep congesting our elections, "We the People of the United States" are forced out of this crucial political process. If we want to reclaim our seats at the decision-making table we're going to have to stamp out Big Money.

Nobody Wants Sewer Money Stinking up Congress... Except Congress

Ben Cohen  | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Washington's long streak of bad decision-making often comes down to big money's influence in our political system. Our representatives are fettered to well-heeled special interest groups who help fund their campaigns in America's pricey elections.

Learn An Entire Semester Of Campaign Finance Law In 4 Minutes

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 03.24.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

As American elections become even more outrageously expensive, the advocacy group Public Citizen argues voters deserve to know who is making a financi...

Paul Blumenthal

Online Payday Lender Pumped Dark Money Into Effort To Beat Back Regulation

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Facing the prospect of imminent oversight by a newly created government regulator, the much-reviled payday loan industry’s lobbying ma...

Kochs Refuse To Answer Whether They've Funded Climate Change Research

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The industrial conglomerate run by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch is refusing to provide Democratic lawmakers wit...

Netanyahu Speaks, Money Talks

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor's gallery of one man -- Sheldon Adelson.

Paul Blumenthal

Nonprofit Tied To John Boehner Attacks His Foes In Homeland Security Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The politically active nonprofit closely tied to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is intervening to help the Republican Party leader as he ...

Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Robert Weissman

As a key first step to shining a light on dark money -- election-related funds whose source remains secret -- the president should issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their election-related spending.

Paul Blumenthal

The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

Lobbyists and trade groups have pumped huge sums into the coffers of super PACs and nonprofits connected to Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Lead...

Why America Needs to Pay Attention to Chris Christie's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Yael Bromberg | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's week started with a bad case of foot-in-mouth during his three-day trip to England, and went downhill from there, reaching new lows for ethics and good, open government -- even for New Jersey.

Paul Blumenthal

2016 Presidential Candidates Use Pre-Announcement Phase To Push Fundraising Limits

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2016 presidential campaign is already in its beta launch stage, as candidates are beginning to roll themselves out so audiences of p...

Paul Blumenthal

Groups With Liberal Ties Tapped To Re-Elect The GOP Establishment

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) got a boost in the last election from a little-known nonprofit called Citizens for Responsible Energy Sol...

Paul Blumenthal

Here's Where Campaign Finance Reform May Move Ahead As Congress Dithers

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly five years after the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United altered the landscape for money in politics, Congress has done not...

How the League of Women Voters Is Fighting to Protect Our Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

Big money is winning, and voters are losing. And the League won't let voters go down without a fight.

Koch-Linked Group Uses Dark Money To Fight Back Against Proposed Disclosure Rules

Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washingto...

Activist Comics: Disclosure

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 01.18.2015 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

After $145 million of anonymous spending in the midterm elections, the American public remains none the wiser as to who not only wanted to spend fortunes influencing politics, but needed to do it without exposing their identities and their motives.

Watch: The Bare Knuckle Fight Against Money in Politics

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In this turbulent midterm election year, two academics decided to practice what they preached. They left the classroom, confronted the reality of down-and-dirty politics, and tried to replace moneyed interests with the public interest.

Why Kay Hagan Lost In North Carolina

Erik Ose | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Erik Ose

During a presidential year with substantially higher turnout, Hagan more than likely would have been re-elected. When she won her first Senate term in 2008, Hagan outperformed Barack Obama in North Carolina by over 100,000 ballots, leading the statewide ticket with 2.25 million votes.

Paul Blumenthal

Mitch McConnell's Triumph Strikes Worry In The Hearts Of Campaign Finance Reformers

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the past three years, House Republicans have repeatedly tried, and failed, to bar federal agencies from adopting regulations to gov...