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GOP Donor Gives $10 Million To Karl Rove Group, Just One-Fifteenth Of What He Spent In 2012

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

A $10 million donation seems like a hefty amount of cash for the average political donor. But for casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who spent somewh...

Sheldon Adelson Cracks Open Checkbook For GOP

POLITICO | Kenneth P. Vogel | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has donated $10 million to a Karl Rove-backed outfit boosting Republican Senate candidates and promised a simil...

We Can Put An End to Pay to Play

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

What is Pay to Play? Commonly held, pay to play is a form of getting a special deal because you paid someone off.

Individual-Candidate Super PACs Threaten to Wipe Out Candidate Contribution Limits

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The real purpose of an individual-candidate Super PAC is to circumvent candidate contribution limits. Wealthy donors, corporations and other contributors use these Super PACs as vehicles to make unlimited contributions to directly support the candidate backed by the Super PAC.

Political Heavyweights Can't Get Enough Of Sin City

POLITICO | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

Sin City may have been too risqué for the Republican National Convention, but it’s just fine for Hillary Clinton, Nathan Deal, Nancy Pelosi and Joh...

Influence Peddling and Inequality in London: Nobody Expects a Monty Python Fourth of July

Michael Winship | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

In the face of heavy opposition from the moneyed classes on either shore, both the United States and the United Kingdom are desperately in need of campaign finance reform. No joke.

Importing "Techies" Is NOT an Immigration or Education Policy

Alan Singer | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

The Adelson-Buffett-Gates immigration proposal is neither an immigration policy nor an education policy. In fact it is an anti-education policy that also fails to take into account the underlying cause of the current flood of undocumented immigrants.

Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett, And Bill Gates Chastise House GOP On Immigration

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.11.2014 | Business

Three of the world's richest men are calling on Congress to pass legislation that would overhaul the nation's immigration system and provide some sort...

Ryan Grim

'Sometimes You Step On Your Whatever' | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) conceded that his effort to distinguish between the money spent by Sheldon Adelson in politics and the mone...

Bernie Sanders and America's Political Revolution

Heather Gautney | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

In recent weeks, Senator Bernard Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, did something that Senate Democrats have not been able to do: He worked with a Republican to strike a bipartisan deal to reform our veterans' health care system.

Matt Ferner

GOP Megadonor Funds Both Anti-Weed Amendment And Pro-Weed Study | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

While casino mogul and GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson has reportedly poured millions into the fight against legalizing medical marijuana in Florida, hi...

Matt Ferner

Casino Billionaire Funds Anti-Medical Marijuana Campaign | Matt Ferner | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

Florida legislation that would legalize medical marijuana just got a very wealthy opponent. Sheldon Adelson, the casino mogul and GOP super donor, has...

Republicans Won't Be Hosting Their 2016 Convention In Las Vegas

AP | STEVE PEOPLES & PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two cities in the mix to host the next Republican National Convention are out of the running. Republican Party officials say La...

Chris Christie Gets A Second Chance After Big Stumble

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — Courting powerful Jewish donors for the second time in two months, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Sunday for a more aggressiv...

Don't Ask Sheldon Adelson for a Job

Betty Liu | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business
Betty Liu

Recently, I went to visit casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson in Hangover City. I mean, Las Vegas. His folks invited us out to hear him speak at the Uni...

Harry Reid Defends GOP Mega-Donor

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is quick to blame the Koch brothers for just about everything these days, even climate change, but there's ...

Paul Blumenthal

Where There's Money To Be Had, Republicans Lobby For Soros, Democrats Lobby For Adelson | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Partisan lines are blurring as money pours into Washington in the fight over Internet gambling. Republican lobbyists are signing up to a...

Paul Blumenthal

Wall Street, GOP Poised For Mutual Gain From Supreme Court Decision | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Who will benefit first from McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission? The Republican Party and the financial industry are already prime...

Taxation Without Representation 2014

Courtney McKinney | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

I know it does not bode well that at 24 I am this jaded about the political process. I have had enough of politicians not listening to me and the rest of us while they continue to act as they please.

'With Liberty and Justice for All' -- Our Democracy on the Brink

Pearl Korn | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

We must rid our government of obstructionists, who are in the pocket of the 1 percent, and we must increase the numbers of true Progressives who will fight to pass an amendment to overturn McCutcheon and Citizens United decision and go to public funding of campaigns at every level of government.

Where the Tea Party and Occupy Movements See Corruption, John Roberts Sees Gratitude

David Paul | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Chief Justice John Roberts persists in denying what to the broad swath of the American public is self-evident: Money is corrupting our politics and undermining public confidence in our political institutions.

Supreme Court Right-Wingers Poison Majority-Rule Democracy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Squelching political corruption was the purpose of the campaign spending finance laws that the right-wing justices gutted. The spending limits shrank billionaires' ability buy politicians.

Russell Conwell: His Theology of Wealth and Today's GOP

James Zogby | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

I thought of Russell Conwell's bizarre nineteenth-century theological glorification of wealth this past week when the Supreme Court removed one of the last remaining limits on the amount of money wealthy donors could spend in political campaigns.

Chris Christie in Vegas: Right Words, Wrong Message

Peter Paskale | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Peter Paskale

Check your editorial style guide and you'll find that "Occupied Territories" is the correct term for much of the land disputed between Israel and the Palestinians. Why, then, did an audible hiss arise from the room, and why did Gov. Christie find himself having to apologize?

The McCutcheon Decision: Great for the Super-Rich, Bad for Everyone Else

Marge Baker | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

Shaun McCutcheon, the wealthy plaintiff in the case bearing his name, can hardly wait to seize that influence. When asked yesterday if he'll be spending more than he did in previous cycles now that the limits are struck down, McCutcheon couldn't hide his eagerness: "Oh, absolutely. Yeah, I'm well on the way to meeting [the old limits] already, so certainly I will now. Absolutely." McCutcheon's excitement betrays what this case was really about all along: giving the wealthy an even larger megaphone in our democracy. The "free speech" ostensibly being protected in this case wasn't the right of you and I to be heard, but the "right" of the wealthy to drown out everyone else's voices with their multimillion-dollar amplifiers.