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Daschle's Situation, and the Small-Dollar Solution

Joe Trippi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Trippi

Like many decent people, Daschle got caught in a bad system that is so corrupted by money it hardly matters whether the money is from good people with good intentions or bad people with bad intentions.

A New Closing Dynamic

Jim Randel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Randel

It seems to me that if the seller and buyer are in agreement on all terms, then the mechanics of the closing should never delay the manifestation of the parties' desire and intent, i.e. money for deed.

Small Donors are Going on Strike: A Strike for Change

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

We're giving Congress a choice: you can either have our money or money from special interests, but not both. We'll reward the reformers. But those who oppose reform won't get any money from us.

How Should We Get Big-Money Influence Out of Congressional Elections?

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

I and others will soon announce a large grassroots campaign aimed at channeling the amazing desire for change that Americans are feeling right now into tangible and fundamental reform of our political system.

The Future of Progressive Reform

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Over and beyond the need to stimulate the economy, this country urgently requires reform and renewal. Unhappily, the way Obama's campaign was funded means that we are unlikely to get it.

Blago My Pay-Go: How Not to Sell an Illinois Senate Seat

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

While public financing won't eradicate blind ambition or bloated egos, it will make a political class more accountable to voters instead of big campaign contributors and take out a key thoroughfare for corruption.

What to Do With Detroit?

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Real News

"Governments around the world have always been proactive in growing and nurturing industries like the auto industry. In North America for the last couple of decades, we haven't done that."

Call him Big Money Mitch

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

The voters in Kentucky are beginning to sour on their Senator Mitch McConnell. Three polls in a week show him in a battle for re-election -- all show his lead within the margin of error.

Looking to Connecticut for Change

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

The State Election Enforcement Commission in Connecticut announced that 75% of candidates for the state legislature have qualified and received funds under the state's Clean Elections program.

McCain Campaign Rewrites Keating Scandal

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

The Keating Five connections are very troubling for what they mean today -- both on economic philosophy and on McCain's willingness to get cozy with special interests.

The Obama Money Situation

Rick Hasen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Hasen

The race is indeed tightening, which explains why the Obama campaign wants a lot of money -- a little panic is probably a good thing from their perspective.

Prebuttal: McCain's Reform Credentials Have Turned to Sand

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

The John McCain who fought for campaign finance reform in the past is not the same John McCain speaking tonight. Here's what he'll claim, and what the truth really is.

Are the Conventions Worth 32 Cents?

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Party conventions are not supposed to be privately financed. Political conventions have, in short, become one more way that inequality is built into our political system.

Seth Colter Walls

Fundraising Race Between Dems, GOP Nearly Tied Overall | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee began August with just over $94 million in the bank, putting them very close to the $96 ...

Sam Stein

McCain Gets Cash From Same Bush Bundlers | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If there was ever a symbol of how vastly different the McCain and Obama campaigns are structured, it came in the form of their June fundraising number...

$400 million for McCain: Who Broke Public Financing?

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

The McCain campaign, despite its intent to take public financing in a few months for the general election, is conducting a high-dollar fundraising event every day of the week.

Obama Courting Clinton Donors

MOMocrats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Obama's wooing big Clinton donors is disturbing to those who rejoiced in the fact that his campaign was immune to the influence of big money donors. You can be sure the GOP will exploit this to the fullest extent.

McCain's Public Financing Flip-Flops

Daniel Burrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Burrell

As a candidate, he has been all over the map on the issue of public financing during the primaries. McCain's recent attack on Barack Obama is political hypocrisy at its worst.

Jason Linkins

Broder Leads Off Column On Gerrymandering WIth Pointless, Distorted Shot At Obama | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

David Broder is up in arms about gerrymandering, and has written all about it in the op-ed pages of the Washington Post today. As far as his take on ...

Obama's Small Donors vs. Congress' Big Money?

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

The truth is that the public financing system for presidential races has long been outmoded and the blame for the system's failure is at Congress' doorstep, not Obama's.

Media Pundits on Obama and Public Financing -- Shut the F**k Up

Chris Durang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Durang

Stop using the word "flip-flopper" as if no one is ever allowed to change their minds. Discuss the meaning of the changed mind, fair enough -- but stop with this infantile phrase.

NRCC Head: Obama Is "Nixonian To The Core"

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said Tuesday that Barack Obama's decision to break a pledge and forgo public financing for the general election was "Nixonian....

Jason Linkins

McCain Surrogate Hits Obama On Public Financing, Sidesteps On McCain Loan | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On CNN's American Morning today, McCain surrogate Nancy Pfotenhauer continued last week's attacks on Senator Barack Obama's decision to opt out of pub...

7 Days: A "Democracy Czar" Can Make Up for Obama's Rejection of Public Funding -- w/ Waldman, Huffington, Shrum & Green

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

It will be forgivable that Obama opted out of the public finance system if he appoints a White House "Democracy Czar" to repair the broken presidential system he rejected.

Obama's Opt-Out of Public Financing Will Increase the Odds of True Public Financing for All Federal Races

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Our goal shouldn't be to keep money out of politics -- but rather to keep big money out of politics.