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Former Senator Less Than Pleased With State Of McCain-Feingold

Roll Call | Eliza Newlin Carney | Posted 09.19.2011 | Politics

As the co-author, with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), of the landmark 2002 ban on unlimited soft money donations, Feingold has emerged as the reform move...

Dan Froomkin

Harry Reid Solicits For Democratic Super PAC: The Race For Unlimited Funds Is On | Dan Froomkin | Posted 08.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats outraged by the legal rulings that allowed unlimited corporate contributions to pour into the 2010 elections have taken two pa...

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.

Blame Grover Norquist for Dismantling Financial Services Reform, Democracy

Jane White | Posted 08.07.2011 | Politics
Jane White

If you need evidence that this country has been hijacked by special interests, look no further than the hell that compromised politicians are putting Elizabeth Warren through.

Taking Back Our Government

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 06.18.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Limiting spending in campaigns would give the senator time to listen. Lobbyists and special interests would be limited. There would be time to debate rather than fundraise. And the people would recoup their government.

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold Launches New Project: 'Progressives United' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs. Others go straight to Wall Street. But Wisconsin Democrat Russ ...

6 Ideas That Could Lead to More Bipartisan Politics

Keith Wagstaff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keith Wagstaff

We can't force people to move into politically heterogeneous neighborhoods, nor would we want to. What we can do is introduce social norms that aim to combat destructive hyper-partisanship.

John McCain Praises Progressive Colleague On Senate Floor

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) heaped praise on his departing Democratic colleague, three-term Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, on Tuesday, saying that th...

The Supreme Court Could Axe Efforts to Reduce Big Money

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

The Court's ruling will likely determine the constitutional limits of rescue fund provisions and define the boundaries of public financing laws across the country.

Finally, an Issue We Can All Agree on: Campaign Finance Reform

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

How the midterm elections will turn out will be very interesting. But whatever the outcome, we can agree we want civility in D.C. And that means we need campaign finance reform and we need it now.

Ryan Grim

McCain Mocks Own Campaign Finance Law In 'Ridiculous' Way | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John McCain's Senate campaign is directly coordinating with the candidacy of Arizona Republican House challenger Ruth McClung in apparen...

Washington and Change: Cash You Can Believe In

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act has been eviscerated by the courts and what's left of it is barely enforced by the Federal Election Commission. The same goes for various provisions of the Federal tax code.

Does the Tea Party Take the Constitution Seriously?

John Paul Rollert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Paul Rollert

The Supreme Court building is the Yankee Stadium of constitutional interpretation, and Tea Party members have been waving our founding document for a while now.

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.

Supreme Court Rejects RNC's Soft Money Appeal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday reaffirmed a ban on unlimited contributions to political parties, rejecting a Republican Party appeal ...

Goodbye, Granny D: Doris Haddock's Long March

Rob Richie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Richie

At the age of 88, Doris "Granny D" Haddock set out on a 3,200-mile walk across America for campaign finance reform. Her inspirational life came to a close this month, a century after it began.

McCain and the Flip-Flops

Norm Stamper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Norm Stamper

"Talk about your flip-floppers," says McCain. "Gates and Mullen aren't on board on this, my friend. They're just parroting their boss. They want to keep 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' as much as I do."

What Ted Olson Needs to Know About Corporate Democracy After Citizens United

Jesse Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jesse Strauss

Contrary to Ted Olson's contentions, shareholders do not have the ability to preclude corporate spending on political campaigns.

Earth and the Balance of Powers: What the Citizens United Ruling Means for the Environment

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Corporations are not just citizens united to make protected speech, but artificial structures entitled to legal and tax advantages different from individual citizens. They exist for the avowed purpose of making money -- not advocating policy.

Why Citizens United Is a Fraud: A Guide for Non-Lawyers

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

Here's a 10 point guide to an absurd, abstract, unprincipled, historic game-changer of a decision on Citizens v. United.

The "Devastating" Decision

Ronald Dworkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ronald Dworkin

President Obama is right, the Citizens United decision will further weaken the quality and fairness of our politics, as well as hand already-overpowered lobbyists a nuclear weapon for influencing policy.

Think Again: Court Disposes, Media Yawn

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

Crossposted with the Center for American Progress. With Mickey Ehrlich You may have heard of the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the ca...

The Supreme Court and Corporate Electioneering

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

The Supreme Court decision which will allow unfettered campaign contributions from corporations and unions poses a threat to the very workings of our democracy.

Citizens United and the Commentariat

Patrick Maines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Maines

Nothing is quite so inspiring as the sight of journalists, in high dudgeon, trashing the First Amendment. Such has been the rule since last Thursday, when the Supreme Court issued its opinion on campaign finance.

The Roberts Court Strikes Out: Legislators on the Bench

Michelle Schweiger Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Schweiger Schecter

Big business couldn't be more delighted by last week's decision in Citizens United.