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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.

Be Careful What You Wish For: Citizens United and the GOP

Steven Conn | Posted 08.01.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Republicans cheered the Citizens United ruling in 2010. Now they have it to thank for the spectacle of Ted Cruz calling Mitch McConnell a liar on the floor of the Senate and Donald Trump leading in the polls.

Books for Our Times: Winner-Take-All Politics, by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson

Carla Seaquist | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Carla Seaquist

To ensure a book's long life, authors should pick a big problem that remains unsolved and big. Money in politics, for one. This time, not the money in political campaigns, but the money that secures and exerts power in Washington.

The Perversion of the American Presidency

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Children long have been taught by their parents that anyone in America can grow up to be president. Today that message needs to be revised: anyone can grow up to be president if they are willing to circumvent and break the nation's anti-corruption campaign finance laws, and are willing to genuflect before the nation's wealthiest individuals.

Ted Cruz Blasts Big Money In Politics

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

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Why We Need To Move From Talk To Comprehensive Solutions On Money In Politics

Marge Baker | Posted 07.23.2015 | Politics
Marge Baker

There is no silver bullet. We need a constitutional amendment. But we also need public funds to amplify small donations. And we also need to reduce barriers to the ballot box, and to increase disclosure of political spending.

Politicians Spend Half Their Time Fundraising -- And A Growing Group of Former Politicians Has Had Enough

Nick Penniman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Nick Penniman

The money race causes politicians to lose touch with the people they were elected to represent and to push for policies that serve only their campaign donors. We all know that our democracy functions best when our laws are written by the best people for the job, not the ones who can raise the most money.

The Not-So-Secret Reason Why Women Lack Political Power

Charlotte Hill | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

When these economic elites are predominantly male -- the names of Jeb Bush's super PAC donors read like a bachelor party guest list -- this means that American public policy is disproportionately influenced by men. Decisions about whether to prioritize issues like paid sick leave, affordable child care, birth control access and equal pay are not ultimately made by the people they impact most: women.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Drastically Limits Reach of Campaign Finance Law in Scott Walker Case

Billy Corriher | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Billy Corriher

This will basically allow politicians in Wisconsin to accept unlimited, secret contributions with impunity, as long as the money is not used for ads that expressly say to vote for or against a candidate.

Want a Puppet for President? Vote Scott Walker

Erica Payne | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Erica Payne

Today, the Agenda Project Action Fund -- known for hard-hitting ads such as "Romney Girl," "Republican Cuts Kill," and "Granny Off the Cliff" -- launched a new campaign with American Family Voices targeting Governor Scott Walker's ties to the Koch brothers.

Five Great Moments from Aspen Ideas Festival 2015

Judith Samuelson | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
Judith Samuelson

My advice for newcomers: skip the pundits and lean in to innovative change agents -- the "makers" who work across the spectrum of business, arts, education and politics. You know an event is a success when your hope for the future is renewed.

Is Bernie Sanders Too Radical for America?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Now that Bernie Sanders is rapidly climbing in the polls and attracting huge audiences to his campaign events, his opponents are starting to attack him for being too radical. After all, Sanders describes himself as a democratic socialist.

The Campaign Everyone Should Be Talking About - No, Not Hilary's

Cameron Fegers | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Cameron Fegers

A republic which remains unchecked by the people it was intended to represent is in no form a republic. Because of the people of Maine, in November, America will witness a decision handed down not by the government or special interests, but by the people.