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Paul Blumenthal

John Roberts Basically Thinks It's OK When Politicians Just Do What Wealthy Donors Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to campaign finance law, Chief Justice John Roberts taketh away even as he giveth. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court uphe...

Paul Blumenthal

Supreme Court Actually Upholds Campaign Finance Restrictions On Judicial Fundraising

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld the right of states to ban elected judges from soliciting campaign contribution...

Paul Blumenthal

Wealthy Donors Are Throwing Way More Money At The Republican Party This Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party is taking full advantage of the new campaign contribution accounts and limits slipped into the omnibus budget bill ...

More Money, More Problems: Open Mic at the Federal Election Commission

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Too much money in our elections undermines representative democracy. But the FEC can begin to right its wrongs. It should recommit to enforcing the law and safeguarding democracy. And perhaps sometimes soon, the FEC should invite the public back to the podium for some good old-fashioned free speech -- the kind that doesn't cost a dime.

'Supreme Court Five' Unleash Government Of, By and For the Oligarchs

Michele Swenson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Michele Swenson

The decades-long power grab by greedy oligarchs and the concomitant convulsion of democracy has been vastly accelerated by Supreme Court decisions that equate money and free speech, granting the latter to flush billionaires and effectively silencing the majority.

Turning Money Into Millions of Miniature Billboards

Ben Cohen  | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

The Stamp Stampede is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit grassroots organization dedicated to a form of monetary jiu jitsu: using money to get big money out of politics. There are now over 30,000 Stampeders who have purchased rubber stamps in order to revamp their bills with messages like "Not To Be Used For Buying Elections" and "Corporations Are Not People."

Paul Blumenthal

Mitch McConnell Aims To Roll Back Campaign Finance Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying to use a massive appropriations bill to loosen campaign finance rules. The Republican leader...

Activist Comics: Constitutional Amendment

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 01.22.2015 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

It might seem radical to have a Constitutional Convention over something like Super PACs, the unenforceable slush funds that have flourished as the latest billionaire accessory. But you know what is even crazier? Passing a Constitutional Amendment BANNING ALCOHOL.

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Keeps Preaching 'We Can Actually Do Something' About Corruption

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this year, Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout emerged as a political star among progressives when she challenged New York Gov...

On Money in Politics, 2014 Shows What's Wrong -- and What's Right

Marge Baker | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

The most enduring "winners" in the midterms may be the wealthy interests that bankrolled their candidates of choice and can now expect to have the ears of their chosen representatives. But importantly, it's not all bad news on the money in politics front.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats, Republicans Take Advantage Of New Big-Money Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Both the Republican and Democratic parties are raising historic sums from single donors for the 2014 midterm elections under new rules r...

Is There a Billionaire Cancellation Effect?

Robert Weissman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The Republicans have their billionaires, the Democrats have theirs. What's the big kerfuffle about campaign spending, right? Wrong.

Fighting for Our Political Voice

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Money isn't speech and corporations aren't people. Most people get that. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, however, political contributions by corporations and the richest Americans actually are free speech and entitled to special protection. Even when they're made in secret.

Constitutional Amendment Would Help Save Our Planet

Robert Weissman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Green
Robert Weissman

Dirty money in politics has enabled the fossil fuel industries to dirty our air and endanger our planet. With clean elections, we will, finally, drive forward the clean energy revolution.

Can the People's Climate March on September 21 Ignite a Political Revolution?

Pearl Korn | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

I hope that all of this suggests that we are arriving at a tipping point and are ready to do the hard work necessary to take back our democracy and our government.

Why Campaign Finance Reform Is So Hard For The Left

Salon | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

The biggest reason why it will be so hard to get money out of politics is that there’s so much money in politics...

What Warren Buffett Should Say To The Koch Brothers

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.22.2014 | Business
Andy Schmookler

If the United States continues down the road toward becoming a nation in which the few rule, manipulate, and exploit the many, how many good and humane causes will do well?

Senate Dems Step Up to Take On Two Outrageous Supreme Court Decisions

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

With the recent rulings of this right-wing dominated Supreme Court, it was hard to celebrate our nation's 238th birthday this past July 4th. Indeed, the Hobby Lobby decision delivered a hard blow not just to women in the workplace, but to the basic rights of all Americans.

Hobby Lobby Doesn't Care About Your Birth Control

MOMocrats | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
MOMocrats

The slippery slope is here and we are sliding down fast. Justice Ginsburg set a fabulous example in her dissent.

Samuel Alito: A Movement Man Makes Good on Right-Wing Investments

Peter Montgomery | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Alito's one-two punch was another extraordinary milestone for the strategists who have been working for the past 40 years to put business firmly in the driver's seat of American politics.

Why We Need the DISCLOSE Act

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

On at least two occasions then, the Court has chosen to remove limits on political spending on the implicit premise that this spending would be disclosed. Sadly, Citizen's United did not lead to more disclosure but instead to a wave of dark money.

Money Isn't Everything

Dan Glickman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

To see a candidate taking on an incumbent with an astronomical cash advantage, running on a platform in part opposed to money's influence in the political system, and win is an amazing thing in this day and age. Maybe this is the beginning of a trend in both parties.

Michael McAuliff

Ted Cruz Hammers 'Fahrenheit 451 Democrats'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) criticized the push for a constitutional amendment on regulating campaign cash Tuesday, deriding "Fahrenheit 451...

Today's Hearing: A Historic Step Forward to Re-Establishing People's Authority to Curb Campaign Spending

Robert Weissman | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Today's hearing is a historic step forward to adopting the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That amendment will help restore the most basic understanding of democracy: that the people -- not the corporations, not the plutocrats -- rule.

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans File Suit To End McCain-Feingold Reform Law, Raise Unlimited Funds

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee and the Louisiana Republican Party filed suit in federal court Friday to overturn the decadeslong ban ...