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Jeb Bush Enters the GOP Presidential Debate -- But What Are They 'Debating?'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

In the upcoming performance art piece called the GOP presidential debates the candidates will try to one-up each other showing their base who's best at crushing labor unions, disciplining the poor, and striking fear in the hearts of America's enemies.

Democracy Demoralized

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Americans know the ugly truth about money in politics. Though the wealthy conceal payoffs through dark money deposits into political pockets, it's no secret to the American public that the rich are buying the government.

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."

Enough Already

Paula Gordon | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

At the end of a campaign, we should know more about our country, our fellow citizens and those who want to represent us. Instead we are awash in malicious advertising and name-calling.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats, Republicans Take Advantage Of New Big-Money Rules | 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...

Nearly Every Generation Has Amended the Constitution to Help Expand Democracy. Now It's Our Turn.

Matthew Segal | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Matthew Segal

Now it's our generation's turn to address perhaps the most important issue of our time -- restoring government of, by, and for the people, not bought, paid, or sold to special interests.

Senate Republicans Vote to Silence Working Americans

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Senate Republicans voted unanimously last week for elections that are competitions of cash, with candidates who amass the most money empowered to shout down opponents. The GOP rejected elections that are contests of ideas won by candidates offering the best concepts.

Fantasy Or Forecast? A Progressive Agenda For The Supreme Court

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Progressives can surely add to this list of issues that a Supreme Court with a liberal majority should address. Unfortunately, presidential candidates won't directly address these issues or the views of candidates they would appoint to the Supreme Court when vacancies arise

Americans Can Do Anything

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The majority of Americans want the minimum wage raised, unemployment insurance extended, Social Security protected, and infrastructure like highways improved, but that's not what Congress is doing. Instead, it is slashing the budget in ways that the majority hates, including cutting food stamps and preserving tax breaks for corporations.

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid: I Felt 'Unclean' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arguing for a constitutional amendment to bar unlimited spending in politics, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the flood of unregu...

Wide Majorities Losing Faith In John Roberts' Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics

An overwhelming majority of voters would support sweeping reforms to the Supreme Court, as trust and confidence in the institution has eroded in recen...

The Light Hiding Under McCutcheon's Bushel: Transparency

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

McCutcheon, like its kissing cousin Citizens United, has a silver lining: once again the Supreme Court has very positive things to say about disclosure of the sources of political spending.

If 'Money Shouts,' How Can Democracy Lower the Decibel Level So Both Sides Are Heard?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


David (47 percent) Corn debates Ron (not NJ's) Christie about the constitutional and political aspects of McCutcheon. Since the Roberts Court believes that money is more important than voting, how can pro-democracy advocates pursue the slogan, 'Money Out/ Voters In?'

George W. Bush's Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow for the .01 Percent

Jason Sattler | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

In exchange for helping Bush win the presidency, Scalia got two justices even more eager than himself to gnaw away at the ability of the government to temper the power of monied interests.

Dropping the Second Shoe on Election Spending

Frank Askin | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Frank Askin

On Wednesday the five-man U.S. Supreme Court majority dropped the second shoe hard on the notion of political democracy. The first shoe was dropped four years ago in the Citizens United case.

Supreme Court Right-Wingers Poison Majority-Rule Democracy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Squelching political corruption was the purpose of the campaign spending finance laws that the right-wing justices gutted. The spending limits shrank billionaires' ability buy politicians.

Political Money Already Flowing After Supreme Court Decision

The New York Times | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics

Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader in the House, wasted little time on Thursday blasting the Supreme Court’s latest de...

What's McCutcheon? The Low-Down for Corruption Newbies

Charlotte Hill | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Will this latest Supreme Court ruling move us even further toward a morally bankrupt republic in which our elected leaders are dependent not upon the people alone, as was clearly intended by our founders, but upon the uber-wealthy few? The answer is an unequivocal yes.

The Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision and the 'Appearance' of Corruption

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

As in Citizens United, five conservative Justices, led by the good ole' "umpire" John Roberts, decided that they know better than the nation's elected representatives whether one individual contributing millions to campaigns and parties creates the "appearance" of corruption. If that's not judicial activism, I don't know what is.

In McCutcheon, Supreme Court Chose Law over Public Opinion

Andrew Woodman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Andrew Woodman

Political speech is the most important speech and certainly the speech we are most concerned the government will try to shutdown. Without the free exercise of political speech, we lose our basic right to a redress of grievances.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Taylor Lincoln

The standard for corruption has been raised so high that it applies only in the case of a literal trade of a contribution for something in return. In reality, corruption exists on a continuum, and there are levels of corruption far short of quid pro quo exchanges that justify campaign finance laws.

Party Time

Paula Gordon | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

I, a yoga neophyte, was surprised when invited to recall a recent feeling or emotion I didn't much like. "Disgust" leaped to mind, as it did yesterday on hearing the Supreme Court's McCutcheon ruling.

GOP Celebrates Gutting Of Campaign Finance Rules

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a...

McCutcheon Ruling Requires Americans to Reclaim Democracy

Robert Weissman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

There are literally only a few hundred people who can and will take advantage of this horrendous ruling. But those are exactly the people our elected officials will now be answering to. That is not democracy. It is plutocracy.

Here's Who Will Likely Benefit From The Supreme Court's McCutcheon Ruling, In One Graph

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Court opened the door for even more money to be pumped into the political system with its Wednesday ruling on McCutcheon v. FEC, which str...