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Interview With Connecticut Secretary Of State And Convention Delegate Denise Merrill

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I conducted the following interview yesterday, before the convention actually started. Denise Merrill is a Connecticut delegate (although not, as she pointed out to me, a superdelegate) and serves Connecticut as their Secretary of State. A recent achievement was the state becoming the first to pass a campaign finance reform law which created a public financing system for elections -- all the other states with such laws created them through ballot initiatives or referenda.

The Nod to Wall Street Buried Deep In Paul Ryan's 'Anti-Poverty' Plan

Donald Cohen | Posted 06.20.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

House Speaker Paul Ryan released a new "anti-poverty" plan last week that would only make it tougher for poor and working families to get by. As expected, the plan cuts from public programs that help low- and moderate-income Americans, while protecting tax cuts for the very wealthy.

My Message to the DNC's Platform Drafting Committee

Chris Shelton | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Chris Shelton

The goal for all working families remains a secure, sustainable job and a real improvement in our standard of living. Here's how we get there.

Mobilizing Resources to Finance Global Health Priorities

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 04.27.2016 | HuffPost Home
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

On April 14 and 15 I had the pleasure to co-host, together with the World Bank, the first annual forum on Resource Mobilization for Universal Health Coverage. Even though this sounds like a mouthful I can assure you that the topic is extremely important for all of us working in global health.

A Cure for a Political Disaster: Fixing the Presidential Public Financing System

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

A repaired presidential public financing system would dramatically increase the amount of clean resources available to participating candidates and thereby greatly dilute the importance and impact of outside spending groups and their mega-donors.

Latin America: Is There Hope for Prosperity After the Commodity Price Boom?

Jorge Thompson Araujo | Posted 03.10.2016 | World
Jorge Thompson Araujo

Talk about 'growth' in Latin America has become less upbeat today than a few years ago. That's no surprise. For over a decade, average growth meant at least double the economic activity that we are seeing today.

Can You Walk the Walk When the Shoes Don't Fit? Sanders, Clinton and the New Hampshire Debate

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

Last night's Democratic presidential primary debate in New Hampshire included the first question on campaign finance policy so far in the 2016 race.

The President Heard Us

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

In his State of the Union, President Obama called for "reducing the influence of money in our politics." Fantastic. He has heard the growing cry of the 85 percent of us who want big changes (with almost half of us wanting a complete rebuild!) in how America funds elections.

Clinton's Corruption Problem and Saturday's Debate

Zephyr Teachout | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Zephyr Teachout

If Hillary Clinton wants to light up the country in either the general election or the primary, she needs to take a leadership role -- not a lip service role -- in a basic, in-the-guts overhaul of how politics works in this country.

Campaign Finance Reform Brings Former Lawmakers Together

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan coalition of more than 100 former members of Congress, governors and cabinet secretaries joined together on Thursday to ann...

Maine, Seattle Pave Next Path For Campaign Finance Reform

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Voters in Seattle and Maine went to the polls Tuesday night and supported ballot initiatives to reform their campaign finance laws an...

Maine Backs Post-Citizens United Campaign Finance Initiative

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Maine voters backed a ballot initiative on Tuesday to update the state’s 19-year-old system of publicly financing campaigns. Fifty-fiv...

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 system of...

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 Ariz...

The Campaign Everyone Should Be Talking About - No, Not Hilary's

Cameron Fegers | Posted 06.24.2016 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.