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Money in Politics

New Tax Documents Show How Secret Money Infects Campaigns on Both Sides

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 11.26.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

New tax documents released last week confirm what we've known for years: sophisticated political operatives on the right and the left continue to use phony social welfare organizations to pump tens of millions of anonymous dollars into our elections.

Pop Culture Parody Exposes Big Money in Politics

Rio Tazewell | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Rio Tazewell

While the "Most Interesting Man" in the world may be a Dos Equis aficionado, his satirical counterpart, the "Most Influential Man," prefers buying American elections.

Koch Brothers Take The Paranoid Style Of Politics To The Next Level

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics

Ken Vogel, who muckrakes the world of the idle-rich weirdos who run our political system like none other, returns Wednesday with the latest inside dop...

Meet the Texas Oil Billionaire Who Wants to Drill in the Arctic

Tim Donaghy | Posted 11.18.2015 | Green
Tim Donaghy

Royal Dutch Shell may have recently scrapped its plans to drill for oil in the Chukchi Sea, but the oil industry has not given up its designs on the Arctic Ocean's fossil fuels.

Will President Obama Leave a Failed Legacy on Secret Money in Politics?

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

During Obama's time in office, his administration has taken no action to actually rebalance the system so candidates are accountable to ordinary Americans, not just wealthy special interests. As the president enters his final 14 months, he would do well to consider how history will remember him on this issue.

College Student Makes Winning Video Calling for Campaign Finance Reform

Rio Tazewell | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Rio Tazewell

No matter whether you identify as progressive, conservative, or somewhere in between, it's likely you agree with a majority of Americans on at least one thing: there is too much money in politics.

At Debate, Clinton Should Discuss Solutions to Our Money in Politics Crisis

Marge Baker | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

When CBS News host John Dickerson and his colleagues take the stage for the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday in Des Moines, they should ask about the candidates' plans for getting big money out of politics.

Blueprints For Renovating Democracy

Nick Penniman | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Nick Penniman

For too long the models for reducing corruption in America have only been known by a small group of good-government reformers. It's like ancient medicine that you have to find a shaman in some remote part of the globe to be able to get.

In 2016, the Integrity of Our Democracy at Stake

Michael Waldman | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Michael Waldman

While it may feel like it has been going on forever, the 2016 election is one year from now. The presidency is at stake, of course. Control of the Senate, of state legislatures, and even (theoretically) of the House of Representatives is up in the air. But in basic ways, the very integrity of our electoral system is on the ballot, too, next year. Alarmingly, we don't even know the basic rules that will be in place -- and there is more in flux than in any recent presidential year. Republican-controlled states have passed dozens of new laws since 2011 to make it harder for many Americans -- especially the poor, minorities, students and the elderly -- to cast a ballot. Those who care about democracy have a lot to do to make sure that the election of 2016 is free, fair, and reflects the will of the people.

Donna the Buffalo's Stampede Tour to Stamp Big Money Out of Politics

Ben Cohen  | Posted 11.11.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

With the 2016 election around the corner, there is no better time to spotlight this issue and make clear to the presidential candidates that we need to stamp big money out of our political system.

Why Are Republicans Like This?

Richard North Patterson | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Richard North Patterson

That America is polarized to the point of paralysis is, by now, a melancholy given. But the recent doings of the GOP have led many to wonder if their erstwhile countrymen have decamped to a stranger realm.

Marco Rubio's Illegal Presidential Campaign

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

"Illegal" immigrants? How about an illegal presidential campaign? Marco Rubio's presidential campaign is breaking the law with impunity and in so doing, is throwing up the specter of political corruption and the appearance of political corruption.

Cynics Be Damned, We Are Winning the Fight Against Political Corruption

Charlotte Hill | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

When it comes to beliefs about government corruption, there are two types of people in the world. There are the cynics, a pessimistic bunch convinced that corruption is inevitable and that reform is a Sisyphean task. And then there are the rest of us.

DC Comedian Makes Video Against Money In Politics With the Help of His Infant Daughter

Rio Tazewell | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Rio Tazewell

Money in politics may be out of control, but around the country reforms aimed at addressing the problem are beginning to take root.

In Maine, Lessons for Money in Politics Activists

Marc Caplan | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Marc Caplan

Mainers sent the nation a message on Tuesday, strongly approving a money in politics ballot initiative that puts control of elections back in the voters' hands and reduces the power of big money.

Stop The Presses: Billionaire Weirdo Likes Something!

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

Florida's Sen. Marco Rubio is generally regarded as one of the GOP presidential candidates faring the best at this stage in the primary process. Desp...

3 Misleading Statements You May Hear In The Koch Brothers' 'Morning Joe' Interview

Marge Baker | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

Morning Joe hosts Scarborough and Brzezinski have an important opportunity to push the Koch brothers on statements that gloss over or minimize their enormous and harmful role in our political system. I hope they take it.

The GOP's Faith-based Climate

Richard North Patterson | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Richard North Patterson

In post-Citizens United America, billionaires can not only buy their own facts, but their own environment.

Money Flooding State Court Elections Threatens the Promise of Equal Justice

Alicia Bannon | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Alicia Bannon

Special interest money is flooding into our state Supreme Court elections, gravely threatening the impartial justice that our Constitution promises -- and raising troubling questions about whether courtroom decisions are for sale.

The War on Democracy

Rio Tazewell | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Rio Tazewell

The devastating impacts of big money in politics on our economy, our health, and our environment may be no laughing matter, but pointing out the problem and highlighting the solution with a little humor can go a long way.

People for Bernie, Wall Street and Other Big Money Interests for Hillary

Ben Spielberg | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

Clinton actually leads all Republican candidates in contributions from this industry. She has received over 40 times more money than Sanders has from individuals associated with Wall Street.

Marco Rubio's Campaign Really Needs Some Money, You Guys

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

While Marco Rubio's current showing in the polls -- third place, with an 8.3 percent poll average, HuffPost Pollster finds -- doesn't exact...

Video Contest About Money in Politics Draws New Artists and Activists Into the Movement

Rio Tazewell | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Rio Tazewell

Americans across the country, most of whom have never before spoken out in support of a constitutional amendment, are sharing their creativity with the movement to get big money out of politics -- and our movement is stronger for it.

What Was Missing From The Democrats' Debate Stage

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Last Tuesday, five Democrats took the stage in the party's first national debate. There were differences no doubt. But what was striking was how much they agreed upon  --  if not in what they said, at least in what they ignored.

Despite Lack of Questions, Money in Politics a Constant Theme of Democratic Debate

Marge Baker | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

The candidates are not only right to bring up the big-money takeover of our democracy -- they're smart to do so. Polling consistently shows that this is a top issue for voters and that Americans are looking for leaders who will fight for reform.