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Money in Politics

Scott Walker Leaks Reveal Internal Workings Of A Broken Campaign Finance System

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican allies in the state legislature faced challenging recall elections in 2011 and 2012 afte...

To Endorse, Or Not To Endorse--That Is The (Wrong) Question

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.14.2016 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

What if "endorsement" is a political red herring? "Endorsing" suggests approval, but for a lot of us that option is closed. But, hey, we still have to choose--we must choose because democracy itself is at stake today.

Arkansas Residents Jim And Alice Walton Pony Up $1,835,000 To Raise Charter Cap In Massachusetts

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 09.12.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

According to the September 09, 2016, filing of the Massachusetts ballot committee, Yes on 2, billionaire Arkansas resident Alice Walton is one of two ...

Clinton And Trump Are The Byproduct Of Crony Capitalism Run Amok

Michael Winship | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

The recipe could not be simpler. Mix cynicism with greed, quickly stir and voila! American politics and government served up on a platter to the highest bidder

Why This Congressional Candidate Doesn't Want You To Pay Attention To Her TV Ad

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics

Zephyr Teachout wants to change the way politicians treat voters when targeting them with ads. “You know how most political ads don’t say anything...

Clinton's Transition Team: A Corporate Presidency Foretold

Norman Solomon | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Like other Bernie Sanders delegates in Philadelphia a few weeks ago, I kept hearing about the crucial need to close ranks behind Hillary Clinton. "Unity" was the watchword. But Clinton has reaffirmed her unity with corporate America.

New Evidence On How Money Shapes America's Elections

Lynn Parramore | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Lynn Parramore

Even today, many academics and pundits still insist that money matters less to political outcomes than ordinary citizens think, even as business executives throw down mind-boggling sums to dine with politicians and Super Pacs spring up like mushrooms.

Donald Trump Has Some Explaining To Do

Michael Winship | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Yes, the body of evidence, while large, is circumstantial. But where there's smoke... which makes it all the more imperative that Trump let the press and public see his tax returns so we have a chance at piecing together the truth.

While Democrats Held Their Convention, Here's Where The Money Was

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA ― It’s viciously hot here on the afternoon of Wednesday, July 27, and the transportation logistics of the Democratic National Convent...

Who's In Charge Around Here?

Sen. Bill Bradley | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Sen. Bill Bradley

What's missing in the crazy campaign season is a coherent plan to fix Washington. The appeal of Trump and Sanders is that they are outsiders. Clinton's burden is that she's an insider.

The Democratic National Convention Is A Great Place To Be A Lobbyist

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics

PHILADELPHIA ― After addressing the Democratic National Convention Tuesday night, former President Bill Clinton appeared on another, more private st...

At The Democratic Convention, Round One To The Progressives

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.28.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Progressive big hitters were out on the field Monday and they successfully swung for the fences. If only -- and it's a big if -- if only the party could liberate itself from the stranglehold of Big Money. For off camera, out of sight and (for the moment) out of mind, one could sense the corrupting presence of the lobbyists of corporate America.

Top Koch Brothers Operative: "I Love Mike Pence"

Lauren Windsor | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

The Koch brothers have said that they will sit out this presidential election because they don't support Donald Trump. But will they support Trump now...

The Democrats Ignore The 500-Pound Lobbyist In The Room

Michael Winship | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

In all of the 35 single-spaced pages of the Democratic Party's platform draft, there is just one mention of lobbying.

Broken American Institutions At 240. But How About A New American Republic At 250?

Tad Daley | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Tad Daley

Perhaps the time has come to launch a modern 21st century conversation, ten years long, about our election procedures, our governing mechanisms, and the 18th century constitutional structures bequeathed to us by our founders.

The Supreme Court Throws Kryptonite At Democracy's Supermen

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

The McDonnell case will make it harder for people like Superman prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who are looking out for the integrity of the system, and the good of the voter, to do their jobs.

Political Trust-Busting

Rob Stein | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Rob Stein

The Koch political trust is the most formidable multi-state grassroots political operation in America. It now spends at least several hundred million dollars per election cycle on data-driven, targeted TV, radio and digital ads, direct mail, opposition research, grassroots organizing, and get-out-the-vote efforts in select states.

What's Stopping Us From Preventing Mass Shootings? Money in Politics

Carbonated.TV | Posted 06.18.2016 | Politics

Why do we hear dozens of politicians offer "thoughts and prayers" after a mass shooting but no meaningful legislation for common sense measures such as stopping individuals on the terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons? It's because our representatives are puppets of their campaign donors, including the NRA.

Big Win for Democracy in New York

Rio Tazewell | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Rio Tazewell

Today the people of New York scored a significant victory for democracy in the United States by officially becoming the 17th state on record in support of a constitutional amendment to overturn disastrous Supreme Court decisions such as Citizens United.

Congress spent almost as much to study monkeys as it spent on its own ethics office

Issue One | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Issue One

Republicans and Democrats agree on very little, but you'll hear both parties decry government waste, fraud and abuse on the campaign trail. So where ...

Democracy Spring Heralds the end of Money in Politics

Adam Greenberg | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Adam Greenberg

Last month, I was arrested at the US Capitol, along with more than 1300 other Americans in the largest civil disobedience action of the century.

Dear Donald Trump: Do something huge. Fix money in politics.

Nick Penniman | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Nick Penniman

Dear Donald, You have already made history. Now you want to make it to the White House. Here's a suggestion: Lead on the issue of money in politics...

All the Presumptive Nominee's Men

Michael Winship | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

If you needed further proof of Trump's hypocrisy when it comes to Wall Street and government, money and politics, look no further than this gang of wheeler-dealers, flim-flam consultants and Washington insiders, the Goodfellas of American politics.

These States Are Stepping Up To Reform Money In Politics In 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The next front in the battle for campaign finance and lobbying reforms will likely be on the ballot in Washington state and South Dakota...

Democrats Can't Unite Unless Wasserman Schultz Goes!

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.21.2016 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Rep. Wasserman Schultz is facing a primary challenge for the first time this year, her opponent a law professor, activist and progressive Sanders supporter named Tim Canova. But the primary's not until late August, long after the Democratic National Convention.