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Tea Party Candidate Seen Doing Business With Campaign Donors | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More details have emerged about Republican Indiana Senate challenger Richard Mourdock taking campaign donations from people who may have...

Once Again, Academics Get an F When It Comes to Retirement Math

Jane White | Posted 06.19.2012 | Money
Jane White

As an advocate for 401(k) participants, the only thing more frustrating for me than not being able to get Capitol Hill to make the plans walk and talk like pensions is tackling "innumeracy" on the part of academics who portray themselves as experts.

Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes -- Documentary Examines Impact of Citizens United

Joan Brunwasser | Posted 12.24.2011 | Entertainment
Joan Brunwasser

The era of digital video and social media don't make citizen journalism possible, but mandatory. PAY 2 PLAY explores ways to reclaim our campaigns from the highest bidder.

Is Public Education Still Free If It Costs Money?

Posted 07.29.2011 | Education

An Ohio school district is the latest to implement a controversial "pay to play" policy, reports The Wall Street Journal. Medina Senior High, faced wi...

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Wonderland

Robert Weissman | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

It's a good rule of thumb: If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- the trade association for large corporations -- is whipped up about something, there's p...

Dear Legislators, Support Education and Avoid Being the Next Ozymandias, King of Kings

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jessica Levinson

There must be a way to exert influence beyond one's reign or term. And, of course, there is. Education.

Trading Places: Fraud in the Commodities Market

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

In the past six months a huge fraud concerning manipulation and racketeering in the silver market (and now it seems also gold) looks like the making of a horror film.

Swiss Banker's Reaction to U.S. Treasury Hiding A.I.G. Loss

Iris Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Iris Mack

Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan are being subsidized by the Federal Reserve. Why can't the Fed instead subsidize Americans who want a job? How stupid do they think the American taxpayer is?

Rattner's Case Just Another Chapter in a Frightening New Trend

David Spencer Seconi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Spencer Seconi

When pension funds are caught up in scandals, it is not the embarrassment of the funds that should be making headline news, but rather the fact that they are playing with future security of millions of workers.

Changing Politics as Usual: Why We Need Andrew Romanoff, the Grassroots Choice

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Obama supporters are being told that they should support the "president's choice" for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat, and that it is good that Bennet collects huge sums of corporate money.

Supreme Court Backs Plutocracy, Targets Arizona Clean Elections Matching Funds

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

The Colorado Citizens (Publicly-Funded) Campaigns Initiative 53 is not modeled on Arizona and other states' public funding initiatives that use matching funds to level the election playing field.

New Mexico Needs a 12-Step Program

Julia Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julia Goldberg

KUNM, New Mexico's public radio station, has been soliciting "State of the State" commentaries, following Gov. Bill Richardson's last State of the Sta...

Blago Bracketted

Shawn Healy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Shawn Healy

Obama's straight and narrow contrasts with Blagojevich's down and dirty, and it is no wonder that one man sits in the White House while the other awaits a federal home of a different variety.

County Contractors Pouring Money Into Todd Stroger's Reelection Campaign

Daily Herald | Robert McCoppin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Politically connected Cook County contractors chosen over lower bidders continue to cash in as their projects expand - and continue to contribute to C...

American Conservative Union: Conservative Group Offers To Sell Endorsement For $2M

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Politico reported this morning on a pay-for-play scheme between the American Conservative Union and FedEx. The ACU would offer their group's endorsem...

Pay To Play: New Man in Springfield

Elizabeth Brackett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Elizabeth Brackett

Standing in the governor's office, toe to toe with Blagojevich, Jesse White fumed, "Governor, for whatever you think of [former governor] George Ryan... I've known him for thirty years. He never lied to me once. You've lied to me 15 times in six months."

SEC's Pay-to-Play Rules To Be Revisted, Schapiro Says

Bloomberg | Jesse Westbrook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

April 21 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is considering rules to restrict money managers from paying to win state business ...

Soldier Field Cleaning Firm Says It Was Dumped For Daley Fundraiser

Chicago Sun-Times | Mark J. Konkol | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Yvonne McGinnis says her janitorial company got swept out of a $1.5 million Soldier Field contract thanks to "typical Chicago pay-to-play" politics....

Adolfo Carrion Engaged In 'Pay To Play' As Bronx Borough President: NY Daily News

NY Daily News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The man who is President Obama's newly minted urban czar pocketed thousands of dollars in campaign cash from city developers whose projects he approve...

Did Judd Gregg Conceal Donors Who Received Millions In TSA Contracts While He Served As Approps Chair?

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

Did Gregg deliberately conceal nearly a dozen contributors to his leadership PAC -- White Mountain PAC -- at the very time he served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee?

State Residents Think Blagojevich's Alleged Crimes Are Common: Poll

Daily Herald | Joseph Ryan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Most Illinois residents believe the corruption allegations against impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich - that he schemed to sell off state business for per...

Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), ...

Muni Bonds Pay-to-Play

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Tepper Marlin

The municipal bond market still seems to be rigged in favor of those who "pay to play." It's been that way for 40 years. Why not clean up this part of the financial mess while you are cleaning up the rest?

Pay-To-Play: Inauguration Tickets, Only $12,500 Each!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This doesn't sound a whole lot like "change we can believe in." This sounds more like same-old-same-old cronyism and pay-to-play.

Is Governor Blagojevich's Conduct Any Different From Those in Congress?

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

Isn't trading official action for campaign contributions how our system works? Or did I miss the excellent foreign service exam scores of the large donors who become ambassadors?