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Unhappy Anniversary, Democracy... But Together We Can​ Fix You

Sen. Tom Udall | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Sen. Tom Udall

Six years ago this week, the U.S. Supreme Court created a Wild West of campaign finance regulations. With their decision in Citizens United, five justices set the stage for a flood of secret special interest money trying to buy elections nationwide.

Solutions to the Influence of Big Money in Politics: Heeding President Obama's Call

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 01.15.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

President Obama's valedictory State of the Union last week brimmed with optimism. Refraining from a traditional laundry list of policy proposals, he stayed rooted in big themes about America, our future and the challenges ahead. He spoke eloquently about how our democracy is built upon "voices of unarmed truth and unconditional love."

A Super PAC Was Actually Fined For Breaking The Rules

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission last month fined a super PAC for illegally re-airing a commercial in 2012 that had been produ...

American Political Culture Explains Why Trump Is Still Strong

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.02.2015 | Entertainment
Daniel Wagner

Why do Republican voters seem to naturally gravitate to celebrities -- most of whom are, shall we say, 'short' on actual knowledge about politics, legislative issues, and global affairs?

FEC Deadlocks On Whether Candidates Can Coordinate With Their Own Super PACs

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A request to relax limits on coordination between candidates and super PACs left the Federal Election Commission divided and, at times,...

Why Donald Trump's Instagram Ads Don't Have That Disclaimer

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.01.2015 | Entertainment

This is no "act of love" as Jeb Bush said... A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:16am PDT ...

'Deez Nuts' And 'Sydneys Voluptuous Buttocks' Are Running For President, Because Why Not

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics

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The Trump Phenomenon and U.S. Political Culture

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

The only things that really matter in Republican politics today are name recognition, a degree of celebrity, and the ability to make outrageous statements that appeal to a minority of voters.

Federal Election Commission Fines PAC Affiliated With Bernie Sanders

AP | Posted 07.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Election Commission has fined a political action committee associated with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sa...

I'm With Stupid: Presenting the Stupid Party Candidate for President

Todd Hartley | Posted 06.19.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

With your help, I may not be able to win the Oval Office, but I can tell fart jokes during the debates and possibly move the conversation in a more fun direction.

Paul Blumenthal

Federal Election Commissioners Welcome Each Other's Hate

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nobody thought the monthly meeting held Thursday by the Federal Election Commission would turn one commissioner to ponder the existentia...

Roiled in Partisan Deadlock, FEC Is Failing

Craig Holman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Craig Holman

America is plunging head-long into what will be the most expensive federal election in history, with essentially no cop on the beat to ensure that the election is administered fairly and transparently. This is going to be one messy election.

Christina Wilkie

There Are Lots Of Ways To Get More Women Elected To Office. Just Ask The Rest Of The World.

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even as Hillary Clinton solidifies her grasp on her party’s nomination for president, women remain dramatically underrepresented in Am...

It's Time to End Corruption Complacency

Frank Vogl | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Frank Vogl

There is too great an acceptance of overseas corruption across the foreign policy establishments in our country -- from Congressional committees to the White House, State Department, CIA and Pentagon, to think tanks and the establishment media

Paul Blumenthal

How Jeb Bush Is Thumbing His Nose At Voters With His Super PAC Scheme

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) is not running for president yet. Or, at least, that's what he would have everyone believe as he skips ...

Paul Blumenthal

Christine O'Donnell Sued For Allegedly Breaking Campaign Finance Laws In 2010

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission filed suit Monday against former Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell for allegedly using cam...

North Korea, Sony, and Ignorance

Daniel Wagner | Posted 02.27.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given that the vast majority of Americans cannot identify North Korea on a map, or the name of its leader, the very idea that a major film studio would sanction the production of a movie whose plot is based on the assassination of Kim Jong-un is just plain silly.

Why Participation at the Federal Election Commission Matters, Despite the Agency's Dysfunction

J. Gerald Hebert | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
J. Gerald Hebert

Appearing before the FEC and offering testimony, even when some of its commissioners are determined to undermine the campaign finance laws Congress enacted, might look to some like an exercise in futility.

FEC Hunts Political Ghosts On Halloween

Center for Public Integrity | Carrie Levine | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. The Feder...

Why Should the Federal Election Commission Listen to You?

Rick Claypool | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Rick Claypool

You might have noticed our election system is kind of a mess. It wasn't great before the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United ruling -- and it's now so overrun with billionaire-backed sham campaigns and corporate sock puppet groups that it's hard to believe any candidate capable of challenging rule by the One Percent can win.

Michigan Dems File Complaints Regarding GOP Contender's Campaign Contributions

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

The Michigan Democratic Party filed complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the State of Michigan on Thursday over some questionable contr...

Paul Blumenthal

Supreme Court Bound? The Next Big Campaign Finance Case Set To Pick Up GOP Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just one month after the Supreme Court struck down aggregate campaign contribution limits, Republican Party officials are set to join wh...

Michael McAuliff

Dems: GOP Outrage At IRS Is Really About Rove

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican efforts to punish the Internal Revenue Service for its alleged partisan targeting of political social welfare groups may have...

In McCutcheon, Supreme Court Chose Law over Public Opinion

Andrew Woodman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Andrew Woodman

Political speech is the most important speech and certainly the speech we are most concerned the government will try to shutdown. Without the free exercise of political speech, we lose our basic right to a redress of grievances.

No Justice Roberts, the Internet Can't Do Government's Job

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

We agree with the justices that the Internet can be a powerful tool for transparency. But four years after Citizens United, it's clear that the Internet isn't enough to create transparency. Congress has to enact laws requiring candidates to use it.