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Political Spending

The 28th Amendment. A New American Revolution?

David Ropeik | Posted 09.29.2016 | Politics
David Ropeik

A few key documents - The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights - lay the foundation of the United States. On the surfa...

Are Your Retirement Savings Being Used to Undermine Our Democracy?

Lauren Compere | Posted 05.25.2016 | Money
Lauren Compere

Americans know that secret money is being funneled into our elections every cycle, and they are not happy about it. In fact, almost two thirds of Americans are dissatisfied with the outsized influence of corporations in this country, and 78% want to see the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United overturned.

Congress Is About To Make Citizens United Even Worse

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress is about to defund any efforts from a key federal agency to require American corporations to publicly disclose their political ...

New Tax Documents Show How Secret Money Infects Campaigns on Both Sides

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 11.26.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

New tax documents released last week confirm what we've known for years: sophisticated political operatives on the right and the left continue to use phony social welfare organizations to pump tens of millions of anonymous dollars into our elections.

Roiled in Partisan Deadlock, FEC Is Failing

Craig Holman | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Craig Holman

America is plunging head-long into what will be the most expensive federal election in history, with essentially no cop on the beat to ensure that the election is administered fairly and transparently. This is going to be one messy election.

Hillary Clinton: First Impressions

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Bob Burnett

On May 6th, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton held her first two fundraising events in San Francisco. I attended an afternoon event, featuring a confident, positive Clinton.

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.

Kate Sheppard

Charles Koch Linked To Creation Of Nonprofit Defender Of Fossil Fuels: Report | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Documents uncovered by Republic Report link billionaire Charles Koch to the formation of a nonprofit that would later become the Institu...

Further Unmasking Corporate Political Spending

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

More and more of the nation's leading companies are voluntarily adopting or strengthening their policies to provide for detailed disclosure of their political contributions. Yet they're having to do so against very strong opposition from their own leading trade associations.

For the Public Good? Nonprofits and Political Donations

Robert A.G. Monks | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Robert A.G. Monks

The recent brouhaha about the IRS unfairly scrutinizing conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status illustrates just how sticky -- and political -- nonprofit and charitable status has become.

WATCH: Congressman Introduces Constitutional Amendments To Repeal Citizens United

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.30.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern last Tuesday proposed two Constitutional amendments on the House floor that would overturn the Supreme Cour...

The Worst Political Ad on Television Isn't National

Lisa Diggs | Posted 10.01.2012 | Detroit
Lisa Diggs

Despite all of the backstabbing, petty, mean-spirited national ads I see, it's a quiet, local ad that annoys and saddens me the most. But as tired as we all are of the negativity, let us not lose sight of the importance of the opportunity that lies ahead.

The Surprising Consequence Of Corporate Political Spending

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2012 | Business

* Researchers looked at donations, lobbying over 11 years * The more corporations spent, the worse they did financially ...

'Tis the Season of the Shareholders

Nell Minow | Posted 05.14.2012 | Business
Nell Minow

There are moral hazards and agency costs in the allocation of corporate funds. Experience has shown that executives will support policies that diminish shareholder returns. The term "capitalism" refers, after all, to the providers of capital.

Zach Carter

Bank of America Targeted By Protesters And Investors As SEC Weighs Political Spending Rule | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Securities and Exchange Commission considers requiring corporations to disclose their political spending to shareholders, a coali...

America Tells the Securities Exchange Commission to Mandate Disclosure of Corporate Political Activity

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Jack Ucciferri

Our republic is being challenged by a powerful array of superhuman forces deeply embedded in the fabric of our culture -- large corporations. But today we got a piece of good news.

Paul Blumenthal

Corporations Try To Listen To Political Spending Outrage | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON -- Four miles north of the occupied Zuccotti Park, where protesters have urged an end to corporate influence in politics, business...

Boulder Vs. Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 09.19.2011 | Denver

Deliberating into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Boulder's City Council decided to have their city attorney draft a referendum to protest the U.S...

The People's Business

Adam Skaggs | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Adam Skaggs

Secret spending in elections is toxic. The Obama administration's draft executive order to increase transparency in political spending is a big step in the right direction. It is time for the president to sign it.

Don't Get "Target-ed": How Companies Can Limit Political Spending Risks

Bruce Freed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bruce Freed

What's even clearer in the wake of Citizens United and Target's experience is that any corporation engaging in political activity without disclosure and a rigorous governance oversight process heightens its exposure to risk.

The Political Marketplace

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Political ideas that do not attract wealthy advocates are effectively marginalized -- not because they are banned, but because they are not heard.

Voting Local Is the New Global

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Salzman

As a marketing and PR professional, I'm a strong advocate of the phrase "Local is the new global." (I am not, however, a huge fan of the jargon-y term...

Defend Democracy -- Make Companies Disclose Political Spending

Bill de Blasio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill de Blasio

The unparalleled level of anonymous influence permitted by Citizens United could jeopardize the passage of crucial banking reforms designed to rein in reckless Wall Street practices.

FEC To Shut Down Just As Primaries Begin

Washington Post | Matthew Mosk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The federal agency in charge of policing the torrent of political spending during the upcoming presidential primaries will, for all practical purposes...