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Money in Politics

Roiled in Partisan Deadlock, FEC Is Failing

Craig Holman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Craig Holman

America is plunging head-long into what will be the most expensive federal election in history, with essentially no cop on the beat to ensure that the election is administered fairly and transparently. This is going to be one messy election.

A "Pillar" of the Clinton Campaign Won't Get the Job Done

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

To have a realistic chance that enacting campaign finance reform will be a top priority in a Clinton Administration, her commitment to achieving this result must be seriously tested during the presidential campaign.

2016: Can America Defeat Big Money?

Dennis Santiago | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

When's the last time you asked "What's behind the curtain?" When did we become unable to ask tough questions? That's kind of the job of an informed electorate at least the way I learned civics.

Cultural Contradiction: America the Brilliant -- and Banal

Daniel Davis | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Daniel Davis

Our current political system has advanced at something close to glacial speed since about 1860 when the Republicans fielded their first presidential candidate (Abraham Lincoln). Since that time, there has been precious little change in how politics has been done.

The Soft Corruption of Clinton, Inc. -- And How It Could Cost Democrats the Presidency

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If you're someone who wants to lessen the dominance of concentrated wealth over our political system, end the revolving door between Wall Street and Washington, significantly reduce income inequality and avoid foolish wars, do not be deceived that Hillary Clinton is your ally.

Hillary's "Fix"

Jay Mandle | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Jay Mandle

What significance should be attached to Hillary Clinton's recent statement that we should "fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all, even if it takes a constitutional amendment?"

This 2012 Presidential Candidate Has A Good Excuse For Not Wanting To Run Again

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) told HuffPost Live he likely won't be running for president again in 2016, largely because of the influence of money...

Gotham Needs Batman. Washington Needs Mary Jo White.

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

Since the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United more than five years ago, the potential for corporations to secretly spend shareholder money to influence elections has been an ever-increasing threat to investors. The investors the SEC is charged to protect have called on the agency to deal with this problem, but thus far Mary Jo White hasn't moved the rule forward.

Clinton's Iowa Game-Changer

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

I will have much more to say about this topic in an upcoming column. For today, take note: Hillary Clinton's support for a national campaign against the corruption of big money in politics is a game-changer and an important moment in the 2016 campaign.

Do the People Still Govern Here? Alexander Hamilton and Money in Politics

Dan Glickman | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Our founding fathers were prescient in many ways, providing a system that had checks and balances designed to preserve liberty and ensure a peaceful and stable society. But the founding principle of this form of government is the consent of the governed. The gigantic role of money in our political system isn't what they had in mind.

For Telco Industry Hacks, Progress Is Just Another Word for Crony Capitalism

Timothy Karr | Posted 04.10.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Industry-written policy has brought us higher broadband bills, limited choice among providers and efforts to stifle the creativity of entrepreneurs and the broader public.

An Executive Order the Left and Right Can Agree On

Charlotte Hill | Posted 04.02.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Turn on the TV, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a news story about Americans uniting across ideologies. One idea, however, has risen above the fray to achieve practically unheard-of heights of public support. An incredible 97 percent of Americans agree: the time has come to end government corruption in America.

Taking Back Democracy

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

While we support a constitutional amendment to restore the authority of Congress, state and local governments to regulate campaign spending, it's a long-term fight. But there is another way dilute big money's influence.

The Angst of the Rich and Powerful

Mike Lux | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Mike Lux

Millionaire bundlers for presidential candidates are feeling hurt that candidates, now more focused on billionaires, aren't courting them in the manner to which they are accustomed. And the angst of these millionaires is bipartisan. The ultimate pal for Wall Street and big money in the Democratic Party may fall to a crashing defeat: Rahm Emanuel is in real trouble.

Mandatory Voting Doesn't Address the Problem of Corruption, Mr. President

Brian Boyko | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

President Obama, speaking at the City Club of Cleveland Wednesday, was asked what he thought he could do about the issue of money in politics. And his answer -- for the short term, at least -- is to suggest that America make voting mandatory, as they do in Australia. He's wrong. Dead wrong.

Paul Blumenthal

Anti-Citizens United Activists Get Ready For 2016 Presidential Candidates In Iowa, New Hampshire

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the candidates seeking the 2016 presidential nomination flock to Iowa and New Hampshire, they should be ready to answer questions abo...

The 3 Biggest Myths Blinding Us to the Economic Truth

Robert Reich | Posted 05.10.2015 | Business
Robert Reich

1. The "job creators" are CEOs, corporations, and the rich, whose taxes must be low in order to induce them to create more jobs. Rubbish.

South Carolina Politician on His Illegal Campaign Finance Scheme: It was a Free-Market Solution to a Fundraising Problem

Corey Hutchins | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Corey Hutchins

South Carolina is the Pet Sematary of disgraced politicians: They come back to life and act weirder than ever.

The Religious Right's Crusade for More Money in Politics

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

A new report by Common Cause highlights a web of large, well-funded conservative religious organizations that have joined forces with Republican political operatives to tear down laws that protect our democracy from special interest influence.

The Crisis of Liberal Democracy

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

The class bias of American politics has not only cost us our democracy. It has also cost us our jobs, our health, and our security. For years, the recovery was crippled by the politics of austerity, as a bipartisan coalition took a butcher's knife to the public sector, and as balanced budgets took precedence over basic needs.

Sick of Money Corrupting Politics? Take the Fight Local

Charlotte Hill | Posted 05.03.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Until now, perhaps the single greatest stumbling block for the reform movement has been that many Americans are convinced victory is impossible, especially in a post-Citizens United world. This notion is unequivocally false.

People Power Beat Big Money in Chicago

George Goehl | Posted 04.29.2015 | Chicago
George Goehl

Cynics said Rahm and his cronies on the City Council could not be beat. Plutocrats spent millions trying to make sure they were right. A group of dedicated grassroots activists just proved that they were wrong.

The Awesome Life of an American Congressman

Michael Winship | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Like one of the characters from "Downton Abbey," Aaron Schock has made quite a climb, from public servant downstairs to pampered upstairs aristocrat.

An Under-Examined Angle on Money-in-Politics: 'Winner-Take-All' Elections

Brian Boyko | Posted 04.25.2015 | Politics
Brian Boyko

There is a broad understanding among the American people that there's too much money in American politics and that the dependence on their donors to provide that money leaves elected officials without the autonomy to properly represent their constituents.

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.