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Money in Politics

Prediction: Trump vs Sanders in 2016

Judy Frankel | Posted 10.05.2015 | Entertainment
Judy Frankel

Spoiler alert! If Republicans were given the choice of Trump or "other," most Republicans would vote "other." However, because our election system is "first past the post" (FPTP), the winner takes all.

Money in Politics in California: Let the Voters Have Their Say

Tom Donnelly | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Tom Donnelly

Proposition 49 is an attempt by the California state legislature to use the state ballot to solicit the views of California voters on an important topic of public concern -- whether to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United. Will the Justices let California voters have their say?

What Obama Can Do About Dark Money in Elections Right Now

Michael Waldman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Michael Waldman

With a stroke of his pen, President Obama can help address one particularly troubling area of dark money spending in elections. He can issue an Executive Order requiring major companies that are awarded federal contracts to disclose all of their political donations.

From Columbine to Umpqua, It's Not Just Bullets We're Dodging

Jim Sleeper | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

What we aren't hearing is that Americans, for many more years and with greater intensity than inhabitants of other countries, have been groped and goosed and pummeled by a sophisticated, multi-trillion dollar drive to short-circuit deliberation and dialogue in order to spur the self-centered impulse buying that is ruining our civil society.

Martin O'Malley Proposes Overhaul Of Campaign Finance System

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the two leading candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination released their eye-popping fundraising totals for the la...

Huge Leaked-Audio Revelation! Hillary Clinton Still Supports Thing!

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

In this broken future of ours, it makes me happy that we could be on the precipice of a golden age of reporters ferreting recordings out of political ...

Americans Agree On One Thing: Citizens United Is Terrible

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of Chief Justice John Roberts taking the helm of the Supreme Court, and as academics and journalists loo...

The Black Box: Top Two Primaries

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Political professionals and lobbyists often name a bill the opposite of what it does. The Clean Air Act, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and the No Child Left Behind Act are all disingenuously named.

"Occupy" Spanish-Style... Big Lessons for Us?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Back from the first global conference on money in politics in Mexico City, I'm bursting with stories that might carry messages of possibility that Americans need right now. Sure worked for me.

Memo for the Public: Most of You Agree with Bernie Sanders' Message

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics
Julie Leininger Pycior

When it comes the question of economic and political power, Middle America yearns for genuine reforms to reverse the trends that they see as threatening their children's future, and the future of democracy itself.

Californians May Have a Chance to Vote Down Citizens United

Derek Cressman | Posted 09.05.2015 | Politics
Derek Cressman

California voters could instruct their members of Congress to support a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Supreme Court's ruling in Cit...

How Countries Fight Against Political Spending That Corrupts Democracy

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
Frances Moore Lappe

I want to find out how other countries are fighting for democracy against its corruption by powerful private interests. My learning began in a conversation with Secretary General Yves Leterme of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), a Stockholm-based organization of 28 member states.

Lawrence Lessig: On 'Dumbing Down' The Democratic Debate

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 08.29.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

I get the appeal in blaming Republicans. I understand the attraction in good vs. evil stories. I see the strength in the partisan rally. I get it's a great strategy for winning elections. But it is not a strategy for governing. We won't have a functioning government until we create a functioning democracy.

Here's What It Would Look Like If Lawmakers Wore Donors' Logos Like NASCAR Drivers

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

A group of protesters in California took a stand against the influence of money in politics Wednesday by imagining what it would look like if lawmaker...

Donald Trump Is the Wrong Guy to Campaign on Money in Politics

Mitchell Bard | Posted 08.27.2015 | Entertainment
Mitchell Bard

Let's pretend for a minute that Trump is a serious candidate who really believes the views he espouses on the campaign trail. His xenophobic, racist, unrealistic statements on immigration are getting all the attention, but I think another of his go-to themes is also acting as a major draw for supporters: His argument that he is not beholden to donors.

American Democracy

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

American Democracy

Why Lessig Should Run For President As A Republican

Derek Cressman | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Derek Cressman

Lessig has said he would run as a Democrat and would choose someone like Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders as his vice president. That person would take over and run the country once the reform agenda had passed. And that is precisely why his plan won't work, even if he miraculously was elected.

What Donald Trump Does Right

Suraj Patel | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Suraj Patel

If Mr. Trump is to have any chance to build support beyond his xenophobic base, he should embrace his born again moment as a reformed big money donor.

Race, Presidential Politics, and the Challenge of Creating a Democracy for All of Us

Rahna Epting | Posted 08.07.2015 | Black Voices
Rahna Epting

Unfortunately, too few of our elected officials and candidates are talking about race, too few are championing an awakening of our humanity, too few are willing to take on the systemic challenges of our country. Presidential candidates aren't going to be able to hide from this issue for long.

You Agree With Donald Trump, Get Used to It

Joshua Graham Lynn | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Joshua Graham Lynn

He might, because he's the Wolf of Wall Street we all hate to love, and he likes it that way. Underneath all the pomp and that sweet, sweet combover, Trump's got the one message we all secretly wish was coming out of every other candidate's mouth.

I Was Manhandled by a Koch Capo

Lauren Windsor | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Kevin Gentry is the top fundraiser for the Koch brothers' right-wing political empire and a board member of its money hub, Freedom Partners. He emcees their twice-yearly seminars, where millionaires and billionaires convene to strategize on how to manifest an Ayn Rand utopia -- or dystopia, depending on your viewpoint.

Facing Ted Cruz and the Tea Party: Taming of the Conspiracy Theories

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Political action committees that are masquerading as social welfare nonprofits deprive voters of the information they need about who is trying to influence elections, and to whom their elected officials owe political favors.

The Fight For Voting Rights Is Our Fight Today

Bernie Sanders | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Bernie Sanders

It is an embarrassment that the Republican-led Congress has refused to consider legislation to repair that damage to the Voting Rights Act. We are facing a two-pronged attack on our democracy -- unlimited money poured into the political process, paired with the systematic suppression of the vote.

The Million Dollar Question

Dan Glickman | Posted 08.05.2015 | Politics
Dan Glickman

Voters are unhappy, and they are not being served by a government that is paralyzed by money, money that binds politicians to the views of a handful of Americans, stokes the flames of partisanship and keeps Congress and the president from doing anything truly transformational.

Koch Donor Fest Underway in Monarch Bay

Lauren Windsor | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Donors and staff of the Koch brothers political network are descending on the St. Regis Monarch Bay Resort for their yearly summer seminar. Tables have been brought out onto the Grand Lawn; security personnel roam the halls; and Charles Koch himself has arrived.