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Baring It All for Campaign Finance Reform

The Heller School | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
The Heller School

A candidate who believes that campaign finance reform is critical to the future of our democracy should step forward to set a new standard. Every ad, website and social media communication should include the names of the candidate's top three donors.

The Erosion of Democracy

Jay Mandle | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Jay Mandle

The control of American politics, like so much in this country, has become increasingly concentrated in the hands of a tiny elite. This trend can be seen by comparing patterns of political expenditures and voter participation in the non-presidential elections of 2006 and 2014.

Fighting for Our Political Voice

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Money isn't speech and corporations aren't people. Most people get that. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, however, political contributions by corporations and the richest Americans actually are free speech and entitled to special protection. Even when they're made in secret.

Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

Michael Winship | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

On April 9, the US Senate held its first hearing on the proposed Comcast-Time Warner deal -- a $45 billion transaction that will affect millions of consumers and further pad some already well-lined pockets.

How Major U.S. Companies Are Quietly Funneling Dark Money

Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

By Michael Beckel, Center for Public Integrity The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010 did not, as...

Terry McAuliffe: Use Dirty Money for Good Deeds

A. Siegel | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green
A. Siegel

The fundraising for Virginia Governor-Elect Terry McAuliffe's inaugural party is seeing a serious lift due to donations from fossil-fuel dependent corporations. That these fossil-foolish interests can (seemingly) buy a seat at the table for such relatively paltry amounts is disconcerting.

2014 Illinois Governor Candidate Expenses: How Are They Spending Their Campaign Dollars?

Madison Bondi | Posted 11.16.2013 | Chicago
Madison Bondi

Think all campaign spending goes toward advertising, printing yard signs and making campaign T-shirts? You'd be amazed at the expenses incurred by candidates stumping for votes.

Walmart PAC's Political Spending Revealed

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 06.18.2013 | Business

Walmart's PAC and the heirs to the company's fortune are spending millions to influence the political process -- and their money is often going to boo...

Focusing on the Wrong IRS 501(c)(4) Scandal

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

There are two simple solutions that Congress could enact tomorrow that would deal with the real problem, which is lack of disclosure of major political donors to (c)(4) groups.

Happy Birthday Citizen's United, the Most Naïve -- or Cynical -- Supreme Court Decision of the Past Century

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 03.22.2013 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

While 2012 wasn't as successful for the mega-contributors as 2010, should we conclude that money doesn't influence politics? Hardly.

Beyond a Constitutional Amendment

Jay Mandle | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Jay Mandle

What is lacking in the Constitutional amendment approach is an alternative funding system, one that gives candidates the option of running for office without wealthy patrons.

The Shame of U.S. Elections

Georges Ugeux | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

As polling stations are gradually closing, before the results start coming in, we need to take a last look at this campaign and reflect on what I perceive to be a vibrant election and a deplorable electoral process.

How Politics Influences Crowdfunding Behavior

Indiegogo | Posted 12.25.2012 | San Francisco

we wanted to investigate these political divides in the context of crowdfunding. Specifically, what similarities and differences are there in campaign and contribution behavior across red, blue, and swing states?

Election 2012: Free the Files!

Daryl Rowland | Posted 12.22.2012 | Media
Daryl Rowland

With their canny mix of tech savvy and traditional investigative journalism, ProPublica has created a way to harness thousands of citizens journalists to reveal who is paying for which attack ads on TV and how much they are spending.

Lawrence Lessig Talks Political Donations On HuffPost Live

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics

Not all political donations can be traced. Lawrence Lessig joined Alicia Menendez on HuffPost Live as part of HuffPost's Shadow Conventions 2012 cover...

INFOGRAPHIC: Obama And Romney's Campaign Donations Visualized

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.26.2012 | Business

It's an uncomfortable truth, but one you've got to face: In presidential elections, the candidate with the most cash usually wins. Now thanks to ec...

The People's Testimony

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 07.17.2012 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Citizens United v. FEC equated corporate political contributions with freedom of speech, opening the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending to influence elections.

President Gingrich Has a Visitor

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Visualize a fantasy that Newt Gingrich is elected president. Immediately following his inauguration, he has a visit from Sheldon Adelson, the man who single-handedly revived his campaign.

Democracy For The 99%

Nick Nyhart | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

Hundreds of candidates across the country have already run and won depending only small donations combined with public funds.

Let's Keep Political Contributions Secret -- From the Candidates

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Denying candidates or elected officials knowledge of the identity of their contributors or supporters may dry up the well of contributions, but it may also purify our political system -- and our water too!

Christina Wilkie

Family Matters: Rick Perry Cronies' Young Kids Donate Big Money | Christina Wilkie | Posted 12.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The last week of August was a very generous one at the Smitherman household in Austin, Texas. Barry Smitherman had recently been appoint...

Guess Which Political Party Benefits Most From NFL Contributions

Reuters | Eric Johnson | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics

(Reuters) - National Football League teams have donated at least $1.4 million to politicians, parties, and committees since 2009, with about two-third...

Dan Froomkin

Right Under Their Noses: Political Groups Are Flouting IRS Rules To Keep Donors Secret, Reformers Say | Dan Froomkin | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

Good-government advocates on Wednesday asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate four groups they say are blatantly flouting the law by claimi...

For Perry, Being Governor Has Perks | KENNETH P. VOGEL | 9/12/11 5:09 AM EDT | Posted 11.12.2011 | Politics

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's humble origins and down home straight talk are central to his political identity, but for years Perry has enjoyed lavish perks...

Lucia Graves

News Corp. Faces Criticism Over New Political Contribution Policy | Lucia Graves | Posted 07.19.2011 | Media

WASHINGTON -- News Corporation's board of directors recently unveiled a new policy of annually disclosing all the company's political donations. But a...