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Money in Politics

Why I Was Arrested

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.21.2017 | 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 04.20.2017 | 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 04.19.2017 | 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.

Money in Politics Hurts MENA and US

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 04.16.2017 | Politics
Mehrunisa Qayyum

I think the kind of regime change the United States has brought forth over many, many years has been counterproductive. ~Senator Bernie Sanders to The...

Bernie's Attack on the Billionaire Class; Is it Really That Simple?

Monica Bauer | Posted 04.19.2017 | Politics
Monica Bauer

The simplistic way the Sanders campaign views money in politics has been driving me crazy, because it seems so clear, but it is so distorted as to mislead an entire generation of younger voters.

Sanders Supporters Shower Clinton Motorcade With $1 Bills

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics

A group of Bernie Sanders supporters showered Hillary Clinton's motorcade with one thousand $1 bills as the former secretary of state drove to a glitz...

Protesters Invade Capitol To Protest Corrupt Money In Politics

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics

Thirteen activists zip-tied themselves to the scaffolding in the Capitol rotunda Friday as part of a weeklong civil disobedience action protesting the...

Why I Plan to Get Arrested for Democracy Spring

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 04.15.2017 | Politics
Christian Chiakulas

This is not about Bernie vs. Hillary, or even Democrats vs. Republicans. This is about the meaning of Democracy and the soul of America.

Climate Silence: How Fossil Fuel Industry Power Works to Keep Climate Out of the Presidential Debates and What to Do

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.15.2017 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Humanity faces an existential crisis, and over the course 21 debates, debate moderators are only able to manage 12 questions on climate out of well over 1,000. It's hard to fathom. What accounts for this epic failure?

Panama Papers Offer More Evidence That Free Trade Isn't Really Free

Michael Winship | Posted 04.14.2017 | Politics
Michael Winship

The Presidents Obama and Clinton were out on the links in honor of Vernon Jordan's 80th birthday. They could just as easily have been celebrating the ways in which the three of them have helped give America a trade policy that has devastated the working class but made the rich much more wealthy.

Reporter Confronts Mitch McConnell on Big Money in Politics

Lauren Windsor | Posted 04.14.2017 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

Mitch McConnell is the number one foe of campaign finance reform. We got a glimpse inside his thinking on the issue with The Undercurrent's release of the Koch tapes in 2014, detailing McConnell's commitment to deregulating money in politics throughout his time in elected office.

Protest Shows Movement Against Corrupt Campaign Finance Is Growing

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.12.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a 140-mile march from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., police arrested more than 400 protesters on the steps of the Capitol build...

What Do Rich People Want?

Richard North Patterson | Posted 04.13.2017 | Politics
Richard North Patterson

When it comes to their political beliefs and influence, the rich are very different indeed. And the ways in which they are different have deep implications for "you and me" in 2016 and beyond.

Americans Agree; It's Corporate Power That's In Our Way

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.10.2017 | Politics
Robert Weissman

There is widespread recognition among politicians and pundits that Americans are sharply divided by party on virtually all of the big questions facing our country. Everyone knows this is just the way things are, and it's why we have gridlock in Congress. But here's one thing: That story is not true.

Rx for Outrageous Drug Prices: Heal Our Democracy

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.07.2017 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Apart from the weapons makers, Big Pharma may be the most government-dependent industry in America. That's why Big Pharma spends more on lobbying than any other industry, by far. In 2015, the pharmaceutical companies spent 50 percent more on lobbying than the runner-up industry.

Double Crisis: Student Debt and Democracy

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.06.2017 | Politics
Robert Weissman

There's no excuse for this occurring in the richest nation in history. Not only does the debt cast a dark shadow over the lives of millions of young Americans, it impairs the functioning of the economy.

Big Money Dominance: It Will Get Worse -- Much Worse -- Unless We Stop It

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.05.2017 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Eighty-four percent of Americans think money has too much influence in U.S. politics. Why is there such overwhelming consensus on this point? Because it reflects a common-sense understanding of how our elections run and why the government fails to adopt available solutions to our biggest problems.

The Problem Of Money In Politics Goes Way Beyond Citizens United

Nick Penniman | Posted 04.08.2017 | Politics
Nick Penniman

Even if we abolished super PACs tomorrow we would do nothing to incentivize our elected leaders to talk to anyone other than the very wealthy. They'll still need donors who can "max out," and that probably doesn't include me, or you or anyone you know.

Inside The Remarkable New Book That Details The Koch Bros' Dirtiest Deeds

Sean McElwee | Posted 02.28.2017 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Jane Mayer's new book, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, has already revealed many previously unknown facts about the Koch brothers in particular.

The Spirit of Philadelphia

Robert Weissman | Posted 04.03.2017 | Politics
Robert Weissman

With the Democracy Spring march launching from Philadelphia today, it is worth reflecting on that notion, juxtaposed against the perverse rationale of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

A Bird, A Plane? No, It's Superdelegates!

Michael Winship | Posted 04.01.2017 | Politics
Michael Winship

The Democratic Party's special class of entitled and unelected VIP delegates helps explain what's wrong with the way we choose our presidential candidates.

No Last Hurrah for Big Money in Politics

Steve Early | Posted 03.31.2017 | Politics
Steve Early

For Richmond residents whose recollections are fading, we now have a fascinating 90-minute video history of that campaign. Entitled Nate Bates for Mayor, it provides a timely reminder of the stakes involved in a key Left Coast battle against big money in politics that resonated nationally.

Time for These Two Democrats to Go

Bill Moyers | Posted 03.24.2017 | Politics
Bill Moyers

There are two Democrats whose resignation from office right now would do their party and country a service.

Will the Supreme Court Continue to Play a Part in the Systematic Assault on Our Democracy?

Nick Nyhart | Posted 03.18.2017 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

The Court is just one of the battle lines in what should be seen as a multifaceted program to weaken the voices of everyday people in favor of the powerful that is also taking place in statehouses and in Congress.

The Elders Are All Right: Why Hundreds of Seniors Plan to Risk Arrest This April in Washington

Joseph Huff-Hannon | Posted 03.14.2017 | Politics
Joseph Huff-Hannon

Lynne Iser has plans to get arrested next month, and she wants hundreds of other elders by her side when she does. The campaign has been endorsed by over 100 organizations (including the one I work for, Avaaz), and counts a number of celebrities and public figures among those pledging to risk arrest in nonviolent civil disobedience.