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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.

Tancredo Candidacy a Symptom of Degraded Politics, the Race to the Right and to the Bottom

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

It is an understatement to say that the American Constitution Party is merely a "vehicle" for Tom Tancredo's run for office, as he has supported many of their goals.

Campaign Finance Reform: Bite the Hand That Feeds You

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kyle Shamberg

Until we address the lingering problem of campaign finance, change in other important areas will continue to be hamstrung by the donors whose interests are best served by the current status quo.

Congress Adjourns to Face the Music at Home

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Cutting and running 7 days early from their planned Oct. 8th departure, members of Congress fled the hot and toxic atmosphere on Capitol Hill and returned to face constituents in their home states for the midterm elections.

Lucia Graves

Public Funding Of Congressional Campaigns Widely Favored | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Voters in battleground districts strongly favor legislation that would let congressional campaigns be funded by the public, according to a new survey ...

A Letter to FixCongressFirst.Org: Where We Are, Where We're Going

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

In many respects, the Tea Party is no different from many of us on the Left. No doubt, we don't have common ends. But we do have a common enemy. And we need to find a way to push a common movement that defeats it.

Historic Movement on Fair Elections

Sam Waterston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Waterston

Every day, we see a steady stream of news reports of fundraisers with lobbyists, ongoing ethics investigations, and millions of dollars in outside secret spending. It is no wonder if we're angry ... or alienated.

A chance to do something lasting

Bob Edgar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Sometimes history sneaks up on us. In the next two weeks, amid loud and - more than likely - inconclusive debates over tax cuts for the middle class, ...

Liberals Overreact to Citizens United

Jeff Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Norman

Liberals and Democrats fear their ideological foes will benefit from the Court's decision, and the nascent campaigns launched in response are unmistakable acts of political warfare.

Election Reform as a Way to Put Republicans on the Spot

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

By supporting the Fair Elections Now Act, we can drastically reduce the money that goes directly to candidates. Progressives need more ammunition to campaign on, and this remind voters why Washington is not one undifferentiated mess.

House Panel to Take up Historic Fair Elections Bill

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

The anti-incumbent tide that surged through the primary season is now headed for the general elections. Officeholders who want to keep their heads above water would be wise to support reform that changes business as usual in Washington, D.C.

Visioning Democracy

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Change in politics does not occur without passion, and passion in turn requires a compelling vision of how things could be done differently. In this, ...

It's Time We Take the "For Sale" Sign Off the Capitol Lawn

Robert Greenwald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

When candidates have to raise millions of dollars just to run a competitive campaign, they're going to turn to wealthy donors, and the voice of the everyday American isn't going to be heard.

Restoring Democratic Elections: Remedies for Corporate Money-Driven, Top-Down Politics

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

One big take-away from the recent Colorado U.S. Senate election (and others) is the fact that only the moneyed elite, or those backed by moneyed elite, can run for office.

Connecticut to Congress: Time for Elections Owned by the People, not Special Interests

Bob Kerrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Kerrey

In last week's gubernatorial primary in Connecticut, the biggest winner of all was a bold idea: that big money should not govern who can seek and win public office. That job belongs to the people.

The Democratic Party Has Abandoned a Large Part of Its Base

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Media and party operatives have achieved a new low in cynicism, inspiring more of the electorate to turn off and drop out. Ever-more right-leaning Democratic and Republican parties have delivered us over to the plutocracy.

David vs. Goliath Double Header in Connecticut

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

Federal races would look more like Connecticut state elections if the Fair Elections Now Act was enacted. Non-millionaire candidates would have more than a fighting chance when running against bottomless pockets.

Coffee Party Needs More Caffeine

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Unilaterally relinquishing the ability to forcefully speak truth to power is a huge self-inflicted handicap. I think The Coffee Party will gain more traction when it shows some teeth.

It's Not Just Rangel -- It's the Whole System

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

Members of Congress spend their days regulating the industries they take cash from at night. Rep. Rangel may be the one in the spotlight today, but it's the whole system that's guilty.

My Offer to Drop Out

Andrew Gall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Gall

I am throwing down the gauntlet: if Majority Leader Hoyer passes the Fair Elections Now Act (H.R. 1826) out of Congress, I will drop out of the race.

Monahan Brothers' Cross-Country Walk to Overturn 'Corporate Personhood'

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

On Monday, two brothers from Minnesota, Robin and Laird Monahan, made a detour to Denver on their cross-country walk to encourage people to recl...

Clean Campaigns Colorado Initiative 53 -- Antidote to 'Big Money' Elections

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

A Colorado group of activists recently submitted Ballot Initiative #53, for voluntary candidate participation in public campaign funding.

Call It the "Gulf BP Congress Catastrophe" and Fix Congress First

Rob Kall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kall

If you're writing about the oil spill that started in the gulf, call it the Gulf BP Congress Catastrophe. When history remembers, let it have a name that places the blame where it is due.

In The Public Interest: In the Nick of Time for Democracy

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

The DISCLOSE Act, the core legislative reaction to the overwhelmingly unpopular Citizens United decision, comes in the nick of time. If it passes, it ...

After Supreme Court Ruling, Time for a Campaign Finance Transplant Instead of More Band-Aids

Bob Kerrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Kerrey

The DISCLOSE Act is good start at addressing the expected upsurge in independent political spending to influence elections, but may fall far short of addressing the source of the problem: direct special interest funding.