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Why I'm Calling for a Constitutional Amendment

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

The vast majority of Americans do not believe that their government is "dependent upon the People." The vast majority believes the government is dependent upon money. This has to change.

Does Fox News Coverage Double as GOP Campaign Contribution?

Eric Boehlert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Boehlert

With its open and aggressive cheerleading for Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown last week, Fox News crossed yet another threshold in its unabashed transformation into a purely political entity.

Institutional Integrity: Citizens United and the Path to a Better Democracy

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Whatever one believes about this Supreme Court decision, there's one thing no credible commentator could assert: That money bought this result.

Arthur Delaney

Alan Grayson Petitioning Against Looming Supreme Court Campaign Finance Decision | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In response to news that the Supreme Court will hold a special public session on Thursday, which some expect could bring a highly-anticipated campaign... Peeling Off Conservatives' AstroTurf Mask

Chris Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Harris

The 2008 elections revealed the country's appetite for change. Yet as Washington takes up the mantle of progress, powerful lobbying firms are spending millions of dollars to keep things the same.

FEC Reverses Lawmakers' Self-Restriction On Corporate Jets; Senate "Should Be Furious": NYT Editorial

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Federal Election Commission -- the supposed referee of fair campaigning -- has just created an ethics loophole big enough for lobbyists to fly a c...

Arthur Delaney

CREW Files FEC Complaint Over Landrieu's $25,300 'Donation' To The U.S. Treasury | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commision over a myster...

As Supreme Court Hears Landmark Campaign Finance Case, Public Funding Solution is Missing

Bob Kerrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Kerrey

When campaign finance legislation levels up rather than limits down political speech, the result is more candidates from diverse backgrounds competing for support. Call it the ''more speech'' solution.

History Will Judge

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

You have to wonder whether the Justices are in the service of powers determined to remake America to their advantage, or if they respect themselves and want to make good law.

Coming Soon to a Democracy Near You ...

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Depending on the outcome of a special Supreme Court hearing, Hillary: The Movie could unleash a new torrent of cash flooding into campaigns from big business.

Former Dem Strategist Connected To Missouri Bombing

STL Today | Tony Messenger, Robert Patrick, and Jake Wagman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A federal search warrant obtained by the Post-Dispatch connects a former Democratic campaign strategist to a Clayton bombing last year that seriously ...

Giving Birth to a New Conspiracy

B. Jeffrey Madoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
B. Jeffrey Madoff

It's frightening, frightening that the media lends credibility by seriously reporting on a group that has no factual foundation for its claims and rejects all factual materials that refute them.

Supreme Court to Rule on Citizens United Case

Elliot Tarloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elliot Tarloff

In recent cases, the Court has indicated that it will follow an approach that can best be characterized either as minimalism or as an incrementalist approach to ultimately transformative goals.

FEC Says Coleman Can Use Campaign Funds To Pay Some Legal Bills

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It looks to be a split decision on former Sen. Norm Coleman's (R-Minn.) request to use campaign funds for a legal matter...

Lieberman Campaign To Pay $50,000 FEC Fine

The Boston Globe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman's campaign has agreed to pay a $50,000 civil penalty in connection with what federal authorities call improper petty cash paym...

Capitol Hill: Parties All the Time

Harry Hanbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Hanbury

You do not show up to a Congressional fundraiser with a video crew and ask to speak to a member of Congress or their staff. Even just for two minutes. But that's what I did.

Sam Stein

Franken Looks For New Funds For Legal Battle | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Al Franken's camp are exploring avenues to bolster the Democratic challenger's funds during Norm Cole...

Obama's Lesson on Campaign Finance

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

If you don't have enough friends to donate their time or money to help elect you, it is extremely unlikely that you'll later have enough friends to vote you into office.

Are the Conventions Worth 32 Cents?

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Party conventions are not supposed to be privately financed. Political conventions have, in short, become one more way that inequality is built into our political system.

Wal-Mart Plays Fear Factor and Workers Lose

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

In an effort to push their anti-worker agenda, the corporate behemoth has begun herding its employees into mandatory meetings where the topic is simple and clear -- vote Republican, or else.

In Victory for American Voters, Von Spakovsky Withdraws From Consideration

Laura MacCleery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura MacCleery

Federal Election Commission nominee Hans von Spakovsky's withdrawal is undoubtedly good news, and will help to assure that the FEC will be restored to its previous, albeit minimal, functionality.

Will Thomas

Online Progressives File FEC Complaint Against McCain | Will Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The media may have lost interest in Sen. John McCain's fervent efforts to dodge campaign finance restrictions, but liberal bloggers are ratcheting up ...

FEC To Shut Down Just As Primaries Begin

Washington Post | Matthew Mosk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The federal agency in charge of policing the torrent of political spending during the upcoming presidential primaries will, for all practical purposes...