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Seattle Could Create An Entirely New Way To Fund Elections

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a little over a month, Seattle voters will go to the polls with the opportunity to create a brand new, first-in-the-country sys...

Republican Voters Want These Four Surprising Things

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

A presidential poll released as Speaker Boehner made his announcement shows Republicans want something no Republican candidate is talking about.

Maine Voters Hope To Restore Their Revolutionary Election System

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 1996, Maine became the first state to enact a public financing system for statewide elections, inspiring other places, including Ari...

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.

Campaign-Finance System Is Broken

Sen. Daylin Leach | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Sen. Daylin Leach

With the resignation and pending guilty plea of former Pennsylvania state Treasurer Rob McCord on charges of extortion, the public must understand the problem caused by our current campaign-finance system.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Link Middle Class Woes To Need For Campaign Finance Reform | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday, the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, House and Senate Democrats aimed all the spotlights...

Paul Blumenthal

Here's Where Campaign Finance Reform May Move Ahead As Congress Dithers | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly five years after the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United altered the landscape for money in politics, Congress has done not...

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Keeps Preaching 'We Can Actually Do Something' About Corruption | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this year, Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout emerged as a political star among progressives when she challenged New York Gov...

Activist Comics: Public Financing

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 01.21.2015 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

Elections are in the public interest, designating the propriety of public works, impacting every single member of the public -- so therefore we must have public financing for campaigns. When the candidate with the most money wins over 90 percent of the time, it's not an election, it's a rich kid's birthday party.

Paul Blumenthal

Where Campaign Finance Reformers Actually Won On Election Day | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Midterm voters boosted Republican power in Arkansas by electing all Republicans to statewide office, enhancing the party's control of th...

Paul Blumenthal

Major Investment In Unlikely 2014 Senate Race | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The "super PAC to end all super PACs" is making its second-biggest foray into 2014 elections with a $1 million expenditure supporting De...

Paul Blumenthal

'We've Completely Won The Debate On The Problem Of Money In Politics' | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Campaign finance reformers are taking their policy efforts to the hustings, raising millions of dollars in an unprecedented push to supp...

Massachusetts Does Not Need More Money in Politics: Why State Legislators Should Not Increase Campaign Contribution Limits

John Bonifaz | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
John Bonifaz

If Massachusetts legislators want to double the contribution limits in state politics, they should, in the light of day, create a stand-alone bill to do that and try to pass it. But, they should not bury it in a disclosure bill and call it reform.

Paul Blumenthal

Cuomo Under Fire For Meddling In Anti-Corruption Panel He Created | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is under fire from good government groups and his potential Democratic primary opponent after a New York ...

Paul Blumenthal

Tech Titans From Both Parties Get Behind Super PAC To End All Super PACs | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Big-name technology titans from different ideological backgrounds are backing a super PAC formed by Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig to...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC To End All Super PACs Has Super Start | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On May 1, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig launched what he calls a "super PAC to end all super PACs." Lessig, one of a new breed of ca...

Finishing the Job Teddy Roosevelt Started: Public Financing of Elections

Andrew M. Cuomo | Posted 07.06.2014 | New York
Andrew M. Cuomo

Supreme Court rulings from Citizens United to the recent McCutcheon case have made a mockery of campaign finance reform and opened the floodgates. Two in three Americans say they trust government less because big Super PAC donors have so much more influence than they do. One in four say they are less likely to vote as a result.

Gov. Cuomo's Moment of Truth

Miles Rapoport | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

The legislation includes tighter contribution limits and beefed-up enforcement of New York's campaign finance laws. But its centerpiece is a "fair elections" program that would boost the clout of small-dollar campaign donors by supplementing their modest contributions with public matching funds.

Paul Blumenthal

Here's How Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Wants To Stamp Money Out Of Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- These days Ben Cohen, co-founder and former CEO of Ben & Jerry's, is trying to make an impact with stamps, not scoops. His target: the i...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Rally Behind Reform Bill To Fight Big Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leaders joined together on Capitol Hill Wednesday to introduce a new campaign-finance reform bill to help lessen the in...

Warren Pushes New York To 'Go, Go, Go' On Progressive Policies

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

In her first public appearance in New York City since she was elected in 2012, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) inserted her voice into state debates o...

Sustainable City Building

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The challenge of global warming is no longer the science, or the rate of innovation, but the rate of implementation: We have the clean solutions, now let's bundle them and install them.

Paul Blumenthal

We Knew New York Was Corrupt, But We Didn't Know It Was This Bad | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a sweeping indictment of New York politics, a commission empaneled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to investigate official corruption in the...

Spending $60 Million to Save $1 Billion

Karen Scharff | Posted 01.31.2014 | New York
Karen Scharff

We are told that the state gives these tax breaks to "grow the economy and create jobs." But too often that's just a cover. Really, decisions are not being made to benefit all of us, but rather to take care of big campaign donors, regardless of any public benefit.

Paul Blumenthal

The New Campaign Finance Reformers Look To Jump-Start A Movement | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

COLUMBIA, Md. -- The 2014 election is over a year away, but even so Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) found himself standing in late July in the recessed liv...