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We Need Action, Not Rhetoric to Fight Big Money in Politics

Edward Erikson | Posted 12.02.2016 | Politics
Edward Erikson

Senator Kelly Ayotte's recent email fundraising appeal taps into a fundamental and cross-partisan frustration with the overwhelming amount of money sp...

Money in Politics: The Solutions Are Here and Voters Are Ready for Leaders

David Donnelly | Posted 06.11.2016 | Politics
David Donnelly

It has been hard to avoid the similarities between the alleged corrupt activities of top officials at soccer's ruling body, FIFA, and the way American political candidates are wholly dependent on huge gifts from wealthy donors to run for office.

How April in New York Can Change the Country

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 03.04.2013 | New York
Zephyr Teachout

So you're depressed about Citizens United, and you feel there are no options. You want a theory of change, how we get from candidates raising all thei...

Obama Won. Now Let's Change the System

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

However skilled Obama is as a politician -- and despite the presence of many principled progressives and liberals in Congress -- we cannot expect Congress to enact more than modest reforms until we tame the corporate plutocrats' power.

The Solution to Citizens United That No One Is Talking About

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Let's get on with building a bipartisan uprising of voters to insist that candidates in November pledge to back the DISCLOSE Act and Fair Elections legislation. We can't afford to wait for the Supreme Court. We can't afford to wait for a constitutional amendment.

Paul Blumenthal

Congressman's Experiment Aims To Reverse Role Of Big Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the age of super PACs and K Street fundraisers, the hunt for grassroots donors, those giving small sums, has become less and less imp...

What Goldman's Whistleblower Teaches Us About Washington

David Donnelly | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
David Donnelly

Perhaps we need more Greg Smith-type truth-telling from those who have lived in the belly of the beast on Wall Street and in Washington. That'd be a good start. But while one person leaving with a kiss-and-tell story salves his or her conscience, it doesn't alter structural imbalances.

Super PAC for the People

Rep. John Sarbanes | Posted 04.14.2012 | Politics
Rep. John Sarbanes

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to go on the Up with Chris Hayes Show on MSNBC to talk about the issue of money in politics and what we can do about ...

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.

Why Does the Democratic Party Continue to Work Against the 99%?

Pearl Korn | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Who are these people that we've sent to Washington to represent us? Do they live in this country? Do they see the same news reports, pass the same shuttered businesses, hear the same desperate stories from their friends and family? One has to wonder.

They Say Cut Back, We Say Fight Back

Pearl Korn | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

It will take a whole different crop of leaders and real public servants, who can work unencumbered by special interest influence, to truly cure what ails our nation.

Occupy Wall Street and Publicly Funded Elections: A Challenge to the Financial Community

Joe Keefe | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics
Joe Keefe

OWS has galvanized public opinion and has challenged Wall Street. It should now seize the moment to push through public funding of federal elections.

Occupy Wall Street: A Bottom Up Revolution in Need of Leadership to Define Its Mission

Pearl Korn | Posted 12.18.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Many of us wondered when it would happen, what it would take to ignite a national outcry against those that are destroying the American Dream for millions for their own selfish gain.

Don't Think of a Pig: Why 'Corporate Greed' Is the Wrong Frame

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

The "we are virtuous, you are evil" message is admittedly, a great way to get people fired up. But does it get us where we need to go?

Russ Feingold Is Emerging as a Significant Force Against Corporate Control of Our Government

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Perhaps President Abraham Lincoln's famous words of hope for a "... government of the people, by the people, for the people..." will yet ring true again -- with a little help from Russ Feingold and his growing movement.

A Job for Everyone: Democracy in America

Pam Spritzer | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics
Pam Spritzer

Fourteen million Americans were unemployed in May. All the while, corporations rake in record profits. This disconnect between public need and public policy is causing widespread suffering. Why isn't our government serving us, and what can we do?

Can The DNC and Our President Break Their Establishment Ties?

Pearl Korn | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

For the DNC to become relevant again, it needs to truly embrace that spirit of "change" from 2008 and support some real Progressives for Congress in 2012.

Why Washington Isn't Working for the American People

Bob Kerrey | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Bob Kerrey

Members of Congress report spending as much as a third of their time raising money for their reelection. This is time that they should be devoting to representing their constituents and running our country.

While the Middle East Is Fighting For Democracy, Ours Is Slipping Away

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

MONEY has always been the most corrupting influence in our politics, a fact that is now on full display in Republican-controlled state houses across the midwest that are voting against public employees' right to collective bargaining.

An Intervention for Conservatives About Their Koch Problem

Andy Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Wilson

Republicans, it's time for you to once again be the party of the little guy -- let us be the big, bad liberals who want to grow government out of control.

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."

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 ...

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-...

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.

One Billion Dollars

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

The solution to our broken campaign financing system doesn't lie in disclosing where the outside money is coming from -- though that'd be good to pass as legislation -- it lies in getting candidates off the fundraising treadmill,