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McCutcheon v FEC

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

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' | 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 | 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 ...

Paul Blumenthal

David Koch, Donald Trump Lead Wealthy Donors Past Now-Dead Campaign Finance Limit | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some wealthy donors have already blown past limits on campaign contributions to political parties that were voided by the Supreme Court'...

In Defense of Student Commencement Protests

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Leonard Steinhorn

These students are being told to swallow their concerns, sit on their hands, and silence their protests all in the name of free speech. Perhaps if they had money, their voice would be welcome.

Igor Bobic

Harry Reid Proposes Changing Constitution To Block The Koch Brothers | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday called for amending the U.S. Constitution to bar big money donors from having an ...

Paul Blumenthal

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

McCutcheon's Contradictions

Jay Mandle | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Jay Mandle

A democratic political system must do precisely what the Roberts' majority rules against: balance both free speech and responsiveness to what the majority, not just the elite, seek to achieve politically.

Why the Minimum Wage Vote Failed

Heather McGhee | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Heather McGhee

The idea that minimum wage workers should be able to work their way out of poverty gets majority support across the board, but our system is dramatically skewed toward big donors who feel differently from the rest of Americans.

Constitutional Amendment Needed Now to Reestablish Rule by the People; Scheduled Senate Vote Applauded

Robert Weissman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Depending on how one counts, only 600 or 1,200 people ran up against the aggregate contribution limits overturned by McCutcheon. That's the universe of people who will gain a greater ability to make campaign contributions as a result of that decision, to the detriment of the rest of the nation's citizens.

Dollars and Sense: Stopping Secret Political Spending

Liz Kennedy | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Liz Kennedy

Though the Supreme Court continuously upholds disclosure requirements, our government has not yet adopted an effective system of disclosure requirements, and dark money is on the rise.

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Will Vote On Constitutional Amendment To Roll Back Campaign Finance Decisions | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will vote in 2014 on a constitutional amendment to reverse Supreme Court rulings that prevent limitations on campaign spendin...

Out of the Shadows: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Pearl Korn | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The Chamber, along with other business leagues, local chambers of commerce, boards of trade, real estate boards and, yes, even the NFL, are all considered "non-profit" 501(c)6 organizations in the eyes of the I.R.S., which grants such organizations virtually unlimited access to money that they use to lobby Congress and its committees.

America by the Numbers: Part II

Dave Pruett | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Dave Pruett

Appalled both by the concentrations of wealth enjoyed by the French aristocracy and by their callous exploitation of the poor, Thomas Jefferson proposed an antidote for the fledgling United States: a progressive tax code.

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans Launch Second Post-McCutcheon Supercommittee To Tap Megadonors | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every year, the Republican Party launches a fundraising committee linking a handful of its most important Senate candidates together to ...

Stevens Condemns 'Really Wrong' Roberts Ruling

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is criticizing the high court's decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission, telling the New...

Supreme Court Disrupter Speaks Out About Why His Night In Jail Was Worth It

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

Back in February, Kai Newkirk interrupted arguments before the Supreme Court to protest the power of money in politics. Because no one had disrupted t...