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Money in Politics

5 Years After Citizens United, Big Oil and Gas Money Spills Into Colorado State Elections

Peg Perl | Posted 01.21.2015 | Denver
Peg Perl

Colorado law has attempted to blunt the crushing effect of big money in politics through strong public disclosure laws that require spending by each of these groups in candidate elections to be reported online to Colorado voters.

Saving Our Republic From Citizens United

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

Today, in the face of limitless anonymous political donations and dramatically widening inequality, our government is slowly starting to look more like an oligarchy, governed according to the whims of a special few. Thankfully, there are straightforward steps Congress can take right now to reverse this deeply troubling trend.

A Democracy for All of Us

Marge Baker | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

January in the year after an election is a busy time on Capitol Hill. As new members of Congress get settled in their offices and parties pick their leadership teams, political donors brave the cold to visit members of Congress they helped get elected.

The US Supreme Court and the Right to Choose... Happy Anniversary?

Jennifer Weiss-Wolf | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf

Bopp's decades-long crusade to dismantle campaign reform demonstrates how keenly he and his fellow conservatives understand the importance of the systems of democracy -- and that how we elect our representatives undoubtedly affects who gets elected.

Money, and Harmful Chemicals, in Politics

Michael Green | Posted 01.20.2015 | Green
Michael Green

The Supreme Court did more than open the door to the undoing of democracy in Citizens United. They also opened a potential floodgate of new chemical health threats backed by unbridled chemical industry spending.

Big Spending, Big Inequality

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 01.20.2015 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

At the end of the day, money in politics cannot be "someone else's issue." Because it distorts who is heard by our elected officials, it affects what's in your paycheck, who ends up in prison, what kind of health care we have access to, what kind of environment we leave for our children, and much more.

Corporate Contributions (of Beer, Cash, or Anything else) Have No Place in Pa. Inauguration

Rick Claypool | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Rick Claypool

Dick Yuengling is being snubbed. That's the accusation State Rep. Mike Vereb is making ahead of Gov.-elect Tom Wolf's inauguration, whose planners have received over $1 million in contributions but allegedly turned down the offer of "free beer" from Yuengling's Pottsville-based brewery.

Turning Money Into Millions of Miniature Billboards

Ben Cohen  | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

The Stamp Stampede is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit grassroots organization dedicated to a form of monetary jiu jitsu: using money to get big money out of politics. There are now over 30,000 Stampeders who have purchased rubber stamps in order to revamp their bills with messages like "Not To Be Used For Buying Elections" and "Corporations Are Not People."

The Fierce Urgency of Now

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

While grading term papers in the undergraduate course I teach at USF, "From Slavery to Obama," I found myself watching the televised funeral of one the NYPD officers recently assassinated by an apparently deranged African-American man. The coincidence prompted me to reflect on the moral and political challenges confronting our nation as we commence the new year of 2015.

How the League Was Busy Making Democracy Work in 2014

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

We're excited to celebrate our 95th anniversary in 2015 building on our accomplishments from 2014 -- and setting ambitious goals for the coming year.

No Transparency Where It Is Needed Most

Dan Glickman | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The campaign finance deregulation policy rider to the spending legislation signed by the president is a final recognition by politicians of both parties that nothing will be done to prevent or even slow down the seemingly unstoppable march toward even more money in American politics.

Money-Hungry Lawmakers Undermine the Will of the People

Ben Cohen  | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Just when you thought the influence of big money in politics hit a fever pitch this year with our $4 billion midterm, our lawmakers snuck in a closing reminder that money reigns supreme in Washington.

5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

Josh Silver | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Josh Silver

If you're a Congressperson looking to sneak through something shady, the omnibus budget bill is the perfect opportunity since 1) It's 1600 pages long and relatively easy to hide things in, and 2) Congress has to pass it or the government shuts down. Again.

Paul Blumenthal

Omnibus Bill Allows Wealthy Donors To Give Even More to Political Parties

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional budget negotiators from both parties have included a provision in the bill to continue funding the government into next ye...

Cash Register Politics Destroys Democracy

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

In light of history repeating itself so completely, one must ask where did all these millions of dollars go if, 12 years later, the very same mistakes, blunders and oversights are being made?

Climate Change Doesn't Care if You're Republican or Democrat

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

With their longstanding allies now in Senate leadership, big polluters will seek to load up must-pass spending bills with anti-environmental riders and pass stand alone bills to block or overturn hard-fought safeguards.

How the League of Women Voters Is Fighting to Protect Our Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

Big money is winning, and voters are losing. And the League won't let voters go down without a fight.

Dividing the Spoils

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The framers debated the meaning of corruption at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and Americans have been arguing about it ever since. Today, gifts to politicians that were once called graft or bribes are called contributions.

How Congress Auctions Off Power

Avram Billig | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Avram Billig

Warren's elevation is the latest instance of fundraising prowess helping to open the gates to party leadership, a trend that cements money's role in politics and could worsen polarization.

A Dem Who Can Explain That Fairness Is Prosperity Will Sweep in 2016

Richard Kirsch | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

The Democrat who champions bold policies to build an America that works for all of us, not just the wealthy, and policies that create broadly shared, sustainable prosperity, will triumph in 2016.

How Big Money Lost -- And Workers Won -- in Phoenix

Jordan Marks | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Jordan Marks

Proposition 487, which would have ended pensions for Phoenix firefighters, police officers, and thousands of other public workers and moved them into risky, privatized plans, went down in flames at the ballot box last Tuesday by over 10 percentage points.

Is Big Money Being Used to Bully Judges?

Ben Cohen  | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

When corporations with a private agenda can selectively barrage our airwaves with attack ads, they can shape the national conversation, destroy reputations or curry favor with politicians. They can even influence our judiciary system.

Left and Right Must Work Together to Battle Government Corruption

Charlotte Hill | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Just as both parties are complicit in corruption, ordinary people from all across the political spectrum are fed up with it. We just express it differently.

How the Lame Ducks Can Strike Back

Al Lewis | Posted 01.10.2015 | Politics
Al Lewis

The lame duck session gives ousted legislators a chance to do something they dare not have done before the election: propose legislation that actually benefits constituents even if it means upsetting contributors.

Paul Blumenthal

Mitch McConnell's Triumph Strikes Worry In The Hearts Of Campaign Finance Reformers

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the past three years, House Republicans have repeatedly tried, and failed, to bar federal agencies from adopting regulations to gov...