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The Federal Commission Should Cancel The Third Debate

Georges Ugeux | Posted 10.13.2016 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

Since well before the Roman Empire, "bread and circus" were the core of the ability of emperor to keep the people happy and remain in power.

Gary Johnson Changes Name To 'None Of The Above' To Improve Chances Of Winning Presidential Election

Christopher Lamb | Posted 09.22.2016 | Comedy
Christopher Lamb

The Commission on Presidential Debates said candidates had to be polling at least 15 percent in national polls. The commission said that Johnson was at 8 percent.

Our Perry Story Misfired. Here's Why.

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Yesterday morning, we published a story saying that Jeffrey Miller, campaign manager of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's 2016 presidential campaign and the director of his leadership PAC, received nearly half the money spent by those organizations. Yesterday afternoon, we pulled the story.

FEC Analysis: Trump Campaign Dwarfed By Clinton's Well-Oiled Juggernaut

Politico | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics

At the outset of the general election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign looks like a well-oiled juggernaut next to Donald Trump’s vastly smaller, self-f...

Scam PACs Drawing FEC attention

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

The Federal Election Commission is raising questions about reports filed by the biggest super PAC associated with Scott B. Mackenzie, who's listed as the treasurer of more than two dozen PACs.

Right-Wing Media Help Discredited Anti-Obama Filmmaker Cry Persecution

Terry Krepel | Posted 04.14.2016 | Media
Terry Krepel

The headline claim of Gilbert's film is that Barack Obama's real father is, in Corsi's words, "the late Communist Party USA propagandist Frank Marshall Davis." That's an argument so fallacious that even the far-right website American Thinker shot that down, dismissing Gilbert as a "hoaxster."

Suckers on April Fools' Day

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.01.2016 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The hostile takeover of our democracy by giant corporations and the super-rich is no Aprils Fools' prank. If we don't want to be the suckers on the wrong end of a rigged political and economic system, we have to build a powerful social movement.

Marco Rubio's Surprising 3-Word Answer About Money in Politics

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

"If you could change one thing about the campaign finance system after going through all this as a candidate, what would you change?," asked Todd. "I don't know," said Sen. Rubio. Really?

Sanders Facing Attack by unPAC USA

Jeff Norman | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Jeff Norman

The notion of limiting what can be spent on influence is preposterous and infeasible in so many ways that the average person, who hasn't given the issue a lot of thought, is unlikely to grasp.

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 produced by Mitt...

American Political Culture Explains Why Trump Is Still Strong

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.02.2016 | 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 WASHINGTON -- In his ...

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

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It’s getting hard to keep up with who’s running for president. No, we’re not talking about the ballooning GOP field, which contai...

The Trump Phenomenon and U.S. Political Culture

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.14.2016 | 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.

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

Todd Hartley | Posted 06.19.2016 | 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 05.20.2016 | 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 05.11.2016 | 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.