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Disclose Act

The U.S. Chamber's Big Lie on Election Spending

David Arkush | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
David Arkush

According to the chamber, Obama wants disclosure of contractors' election spending to"retaliate" against groups whose political views the administration disfavors. In truth, the only people who don't know what's going on are the voters.

Darrell Issa's Latest Investigation: The Threats of Government Transparency

Michael Keegan | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

At the start of the 112th Congress, Issa started the House Transparency Caucus. But curiously, since then he hasn't actually shown any interest in promoting government transparency or accountability.

Did Steny Hoyer Really Say That?

Bob Edgar | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

I thought that Steny Hoyer was a principled while pragmatic, get-things-done congressman. The guy we heard from on Tuesday was something else altogether.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Wonderland

Robert Weissman | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

It's a good rule of thumb: If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- the trade association for large corporations -- is whipped up about something, there's p...

Sam Stein

Chamber Of Commerce vs. Obama | Sam Stein | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An executive order being crafted by the Obama administration that would require government contractors to disclose campaign contribution...

Sam Stein

Obama Administration Drafts Executive Order On Contractor Donation Transparency | Sam Stein | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After exhausting normal legislative avenues, the Obama administration has prepared a draft executive order that would enact some campaig...

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold Launches New Project: 'Progressives United' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs. Others go straight to Wall Street. But Wisconsin Democrat Russ ...

At 'Summit for People,' Cautious Optimism About Ending Citizens United

James M. Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James M. Russell

For Annabel Park, founder of the Coffee Party USA, the influence of corporations on elections is "a cancer in our political system." Speaking by phone...

Zach Carter

Selling Out Small Business | Zach Carter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Throughout Wednesday's House floor debate over the repeal of President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul, Republicans frequently claimed t...

Citizens United Is Number One -- What Are the Other 9 Top Money-in-Politics Stories of 2010?

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

One of the most striking examples of money in politics this year was the extent to which some lawmakers blatantly stated their fealty to big corporate interests, from apologizing to BP to offering to "serve the banks."

Why Obama Wins on Foreign Policy and Gays But Loses on Economics and Taxes

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The New Start treaty is a big and important victory for the Obama administration, as is the end of the ban on openly gay soldiers in the military. But neither signals a new start to cleaning up Washington and turning this economy around.

The Hammer Gets Nailed

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Doesn't money always flow relatively freely in the political system? Yes, but the problem in Tom Delay's case is that Texas has a century old law prohibiting corporate contributions to candidates.

Seeking Republican Patriots: How Reining in Anonymous Attack Ads Can Help Save Our Democracy

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

Does Olympia Snowe really want to be the target of waves of anonymous attack ads in support of some conservative primary challenger?

Reflecting On The Holidays, Turkeys And Lame Ducks

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The holiday season for me begins when I mail in my donation to The Bowery Mission in NYC. Founded in 1879, it has served the hungry, the homeless and ...

Corruption on Their Hands

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

We have just come through an election where huge amounts of secret contributions were spent in the congressional races. We cannot go through another n...

The Reform Agenda -- Red Pills, Blue Agendas and the Neo-Johnsons

Edward Headington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

You do not have to have read George Orwell to know that one of the most abused words in the English language is "reform." It is almost as bad as our penchant for reviving old labels with the word "neo."

Whose Side Is Your Senator on?

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Whose side is our Senate on? Hedge fund billionaires, oil executives and health insurance honchos looking to secretly buy our elections; or the American people who have a right to know who's behind the spending?

Known Unknowns: The Power of Secret Money in the 2010 Elections

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Our fears and expectations in the aftermath of the Court's Citizens United decision, unfortunately, turned out to be well founded. This year's midterm elections were the most expensive in history.

Save the Small Donor

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Lost in last week's analysis of Campaign 2010 was sobering news about the first casualty of Campaign 2012: the small donor. Just two years ago, then-...

2010 Elections: Secret Financing and the Campaign Finance Reform Battles to Come

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Unless we enact new disclosure laws, secret contributions to outside spending groups are bound to dramatically increase in the 2012 elections, when both presidential and congressional races will be at stake.

Screen Test

Michael O'Keefe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael O'Keefe

the closer we get to the Nov. 2 elections, the more frequent all the mudslinging political TV commercials will get. Most of them are soul-sucking, brain-draining, amp-up-the-volume, corporate-paid trash.

A Smoking Gun in Kentucky

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

A Kentucky businessman is bankrolling a campaign against the man who, as Kentucky Attorney General, is prosecuting his company for a sexual abuse cover-up. Could the problem with undisclosed spending in elections be more obvious?

The Corporate Money Denial Game

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Michael Steele dares us to produce evidence of massive corporate spending in elections, knowing that his party has done everything it can to hide that evidence.

Citizens United, an Assault on Our Democracy, Needs a Constitutional Amendment

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

To neutralize Citizens United, we must have a Constitutional Amendment to retake our democracy. It won't be an easy fight, but it is a fight worth having, as our democracy depends on it.

Sam Stein

David Axelrod: Failure To Pass Campaign Finance Legislation Badly Hurting Democrats | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Even as members of the Democratic Party milk the rise and influence of anonymous donors for all its political worth, top officials have allowed themse...