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Money in Politics

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.

If We Believe in the American Promise, Time for the 28th Amendment

Jeff Clements | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Jeff Clements

Citizens United and its money-dominated "marketplace" political system frames a national conflict between two irreconcilable Constitutional values: principles of wealth-based representation and corporatism versus principles of human freedom and equal citizenship.

Uber's Corporate Domination of Democracy Is Not "Progress"

Rick Claypool | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Rick Claypool

When a single company or interest has the power to overwhelm democracy's deliberative and decision making processes because investors reward rapid corporate growth over respect for local democracy, something is broken.

This Election Year, Try Voting with Your Dollars Too!

Jen Turrell | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
Jen Turrell

The chaos of election years can be disheartening sometimes, making you feel unheard in the political system. But using tools like these, you have the power to change the world one grocery store trip at a time.

Donald Trump To Fundraise For Republican Candidates

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump plans to help Republicans in the House and Senate raise campaign funds if he becomes the party's presidential nominee, Trump adviser Paul...

Nation on the Take: Dialing for Dollars in 'D.C.'s Sweatshops'

Nick Penniman | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
Nick Penniman

While the 2016 presidential election has breached the $1 billion spending mark, less has been made of another, more damaging, part of our out-of-control campaign finance system: congressional "hard money" fundraising.

The McDonnell Case: Corruption as 'Ordinary Politics'

Daniel I. Weiner | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Daniel I. Weiner

What is remarkable about Bob McDonnell's case is not the technical arguments he makes, but the sheer brazenness with which he and many his supporters defend his conduct.

Big Money in Politics: The Clinton Defense Won't Cut It

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 04.24.2016 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

The "money chase" forces politicians, including Secretary Clinton, to spend immense time soliciting for deep pocket donations. Her contributors get access, earn gratitude and get a hearing for whatever case they want to make. Politicians learn what subjects to avoid, and begin to echo views are widely shared among the donor class. Sanders indicts Clinton's fundraising not because he believes she is particularly corrupt, but because he knows she is human.

Why I Was Arrested

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Robert Weissman

I was proud to sit on the Capitol steps, proud to have police officers arrest me, proud to be detained. Civil disobedience provides its own vocabulary, its own means of expression. By our act, we said: What's going on inside the Capitol, and in our country, is wrong. By our act, we said: It is not just wrong, it is unacceptable. And we won't accept it.

Over 1,400 Arrested to End Corruption of Big Money in Government

Eleanor LeCain | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Eleanor LeCain

The pro-democracy movement arrived at the US Capitol the week of April 11 in full glory, with rallies and non-violent arrests every day totaling about 1,400 people, making it the largest civil disobedient action at the nation's capitol this century.

Why I'm Risking Arrest to Demand Congress Fix Our Democracy

Nick Nyhart | Posted 04.18.2016 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

There is a long-honored and successful tradition in this country of non-violent civil disobedience as a tool to break intransigence on the part of the powers that be. And that's what's happening today.