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Money in Politics: From Bad to Worse

Nick Penniman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Nick Penniman

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Back in 2000, I worked with Arianna at the Shadow Conventions because she and I shared a passion for ending the corrupting influence of money in politics. We thought the problem was bad then; it's rotten now. And neither party seems any more genuine about addressing it. The business of governing has been slowly replaced by the businesses that govern. And those businesses, for the most part, either seek to rig laws to their own advantage or to maintain the status quo. So what it comes down to is this: Unless we generate a massive, history-making surge in the fight for reform we are likely, in another 12 years, doomed to having an even more dire conversation about our fading republic -- about a country that is a shadow of its former self.

The Secret of the Sauce: What Democrats Need to Know About North Carolina's Kick-Ass Populism

Lynn Parramore | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

There's a special ingredient in Tar Heel politics that the state's establishment have repeatedly ignored at their peril. Unique in Dixie, North Carolina has a populist tradition going back to the 1670s.

Convention Party Irony

Craig Holman | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Craig Holman

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngToday, private funds far outpace the public grant -- and we know from previous conventions that nearly all of this money comes from companies that have business with the federal government.

Money, Politics And The Press: Where Media Companies, Bigwigs Funneled Campaign Donations

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Shapiro | Posted 08.30.2012 | Media

Media organizations and the people who run them have donated large sums of money to Republican and Democratic campaigns during the 2012 election cycle...

Mitt Romney: The Gated Candidate

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 09.25.2012 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The wealthiest Americans often choose to live in gated communities, designed to shield them from the intrusion of those Ann Romney calls "you people." Now, Mitt Romney is applying that same notion to his campaign for the presidency.

Should Mom And Dad Buy Junior A Campaign?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 09.24.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

A parent who is so close to her daughter that she would spend $115,000 to get her a job, but is NOT so close to her daughter as to mention that fact? What mother do you know who would not bring it up every single day?

Think Again: Canada Works, America Doesn't

Eric Alterman | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics
Eric Alterman

Owing largely to the power of money in our politics, the views of mere voters carry virtually no weight in determining representatives' views. What matters is pressure.

LIBOR and Super PACs: A Heck of a Way to Run Capitalist Democracy

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We live in an age where both our politics and our markets are being managed in a way where we never get a chance to see who is really pulling the strings.

WATCH: How to Own an Election

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers


Campaign Cash: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

If you're visiting a candidate this summer and looking for a thoughtful house gift, might we suggest a nice super PAC? Thanks to the Supreme Court and Citizens United, they're all the rage among the mega-wealthy.

Beyond Talk

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 08.10.2012 | Media
Dylan Ratigan

While it may seem unconventional to leave a rapidly growing political cable show on the eve of a presidential election, to me, the timing couldn't be better.

The Price of Democracy

John Feffer | Posted 07.29.2012 | Politics
John Feffer

The election cycle in 2008 cost more than $5 billion, including congressional races and the primaries. We spent, in other words, about $17 per capita for our last big elections.

Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings Tied to FastTrain, For-Profit College Raided by FBI

David Halperin | Posted 10.15.2015 | Politics
David Halperin

The FBI raided campuses of Florida-based FastTrain College on Wednesday. The for-profit school has multiple ties to Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL), who has been a fervent backer of for-profit education companies.

LIVE Q&A: HuffPost Answers Your Super Tuesday & Money Questions

Sara Kenigsberg | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics

The Republican nomination has been punctuated by a new form of political spending: the unlimited money super PAC. As Super Tuesday approaches super PA...

Recovering Democracy After Citizens United

Rep. Chellie Pingree | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Rep. Chellie Pingree

It's crazy that the Constitution has to be amended to clarify what for the majority of Americans is a clear and true statement: corporations are not people. But that's where we find ourselves today.

Dan Froomkin

Hate Citizens United? Here's An Idea | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- What do you do when people are growing increasingly angry about the influence of money on the political system -- but that very same pol...

Vampire Squid Watch: Four Scary Economic Trends for 2012

Lynn Parramore | Posted 03.03.2012 | Business
Lynn Parramore

2012 will be a year of continued -- and escalating -- predation by financiers. Their influence over political, financial, and economic activity is likely to grow -- along with potential for harm.

The Washington Establishment Presents Itself with Awards

David Boaz | Posted 02.06.2012 | Politics
David Boaz

This story is not new, but it's such a perfect encapsulation of the Washington establishment that it's still worth looking at.

The First Amendment Upside Down: Why We Must Occupy Democracy

Robert Reich | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

The First Amendment is being stood on its head. Money speaks, and an unlimited amount of it can now be spent bribing and cajoling politicians. Yet peaceful assembly is viewed as a public nuisance and removed by force.

Democracy For The 99%

Nick Nyhart | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

Hundreds of candidates across the country have already run and won depending only small donations combined with public funds.

Posted Prices and the Capitol Hill Stalemate Machine

Thomas Ferguson | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Thomas Ferguson

The rivers of political money that now swirl 24/7 around Capitol Hill surely play a role in producing the great D.C. stalemate machine. But tired recitations of astronomical campaign-finance spending totals don't tell the full story.

How to Take Our Country Back From the Money Men who Fund the Tea Party

June Carbone | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics
June Carbone

A small number of incredibly wealthy businessmen have created an ideological machine determined to destroy government. Taking our country back and making government function requires making the deep-pocket money men visible.

"Standstill Nation" as the New Abnormal?

Thomas Ferguson | Posted 08.20.2011 | Politics
Thomas Ferguson

Let's try to clarify why Congress is actually gridlocked. The bottom line is, alas, a bottom line. It is not complicated. And it has nothing to do with any design for a digital age.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Wonderland

Robert Weissman | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

It's a good rule of thumb: If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- the trade association for large corporations -- is whipped up about something, there's p...

Conversation With Thomas Ferguson: How Political Money Drives Deadlock

Lynn Parramore | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

Ferguson, father of the Investment Theory of Politics, explains why polarization has completely gripped Washington -- and why the New Deal is getting rolled back in the process.