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Corporate Personhood: How Far Does the Rabbit Hole Go?

Richard C. Leone | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

Will corporations get all the rights that personhood implies? It's hard to say; only one thing is certain, they won't have any trouble raising the money for campaigns to approve the corporate equality agenda, whatever it turns out to be.

2012: Seeing the Long Arc of American Democracy Reversed

John Marttila | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
John Marttila

It can be fairly argued that Citizens United has already changed the outcome of a presidential primary, by giving Mitt Romney the GOP nomination. And it is a decision that is sure to inflict even more damage to our political system by contributing to a growing belief among average Americans that the system is rigged for the wealthy and the well connected. But forget about Mitt's nomination, the growing alienation of Americans from their political system, or the huge public disapproval of Citizens United that has been revealed in polls taken on the subject. Consider this vastly more important reality: Citizens United has reversed the long arc of American democracy and our steady progress to expand the voting franchise so that all of our citizens have an equal voice in our political system.

Big GOP Donors Whine About Scrutiny

Politico | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

All they wanted was to get involved....

Key Rule Could Delay Crucial Disclosure

ProPublica | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics

by Justin Elliott ProPublica, May 29, 2012, 10:32 a.m.After years of consideration, the Federal Communications Commission finally voted last month t...

Paul Blumenthal

Citizens United Decision Leaves Industries Free To Battle In California Primary | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The race for a newly drawn congressional district in California's Inland Empire is shaping up as a clash of titans. It's not the candida...

Dem Backers Step Up As Urgency Builds

Reuters | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

* House Majority PAC airms to win back House for Democrats * Democrats will need net gain of 25 seats to take it back * ...

It Turns Out, We Can Indeed Haz Super PAC: Part I

Remy M. Maisel | Posted 07.24.2012 | College
Remy M. Maisel

My legal advisor and I spread out FEC Form 1 on the dining room table. "You mean this is really, really it?" I was asking in disbelief. "This one form, which asks nothing more difficult of me than to spell my name and address properly, is all I need?"

Donald Trump Ponders His Own Super PAC

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

Reality television star, real estate mogul and Republican celebrity du jour Donald Trump told the conservative news site NewsMax that he was consideri...

Congressional Battles Rage Away From Presidential Race

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

* High stakes in elections in "orphan" congressional districts * Rep. Walsh vs. Democratic Iraq War veteran among key races ...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC Contributions Slump As GOP Primary Fight Ends | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Contributions to super PACs fell in April from the month before as the Republican presidential primary race ended. The unlimited money p...

Jason Linkins

Has Karl Rove Gone 'Subtle'? | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.22.2012 | Politics

Karl Rove has millions of dollars to indulge his political id. So while we may be in a weird period of focus-group recommended restraint these days, don't expect the restraint to continue. There are reasons for this. It's an article of faith among a large portion of the GOP base that Sen. John McCain lost in 2008 because he wasn't willing to throw heat at Barack Obama and turn the month of October into an all-Jeremiah-Wright-all-the-time sick-a-doo fiesta. Last week's revelation of a proposed ad campaign to do just that served as a reminder that there are plenty of people with money to burn who've a yen to fight the 2012 battle from the gutter. And if Republicans are reminded too much of McCain's perceived failures as they watch Romney prosecute the Obama administration in a too-gentle fashion, they could end up discouraged.

Sam Stein

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee To Donors: 'Wake Up!' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Democrat in charge of protecting his party's majority in the Senate thinks it can be done. But he's deeply concerned his organiz...

An Investor Perspective: WellPoint's Political Disclosure Controversy

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 07.21.2012 | Business
Jack Ucciferri

By the nature of WellPoint's core business, it is connected to some of the most intimate moments in its clients' lives. WellPoint is in a risky business and by not being fully transparent about how they participate in politics, they amplify their risks even more.

Priorities USA Action, Pro-Obama Super PAC, Continues Lackluster Fundraising

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

The super PAC supporting the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama had another lackluster month of fundraising in April, pulling in only $1.58...

Paul Blumenthal

What's Missing From Mitt Romney's Fundraising? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced on May 17 that it had raised $40.1 million in April, when i...

Paul Blumenthal

Restore Our Future, Pro-Romney Super PAC, Raises $3.8 Million In April | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

The super PAC backing Mitt Romney's presidential run retained its place as the number one super PAC, in terms of financing, as it pulled in an additio...

Paul Blumenthal

Congressman's Experiment Aims To Reverse Role Of Big Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the age of super PACs and K Street fundraisers, the hunt for grassroots donors, those giving small sums, has become less and less imp...

Mike Sacks

Citizens United II: Sens. McCain And Whitehouse Slam Supreme Court Decision, Super PACs | Mike Sacks | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an all-out broadside against the current state of campaign finance, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) submi...

Paul Blumenthal

Meet The Billionaire Behind The Jeremiah Wright Attack Plan | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Perhaps it wasn't how he hoped to make a splash, but TD Ameritrade founder J. Joe Ricketts hit the political big time this week when The...

The Daily Szep -- The Fat Pac Cats

Paul Szep | Posted 07.17.2012 | Comedy
Paul Szep


Sam Stein

Romney Repudiates Planned Reverend Wright Ad | Sam Stein | Posted 05.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Top aides to President Barack Obama's presidential campaign have long prepared for a general election battle far more divisive and nasty...

Ameritrade (Moral) Stock Is Plummeting

Mike Lux | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

It is clear Republicans and their supporters will go to any length to win this election, but, as consumers, we do have a chance to change that. We have to say we will not permit our money be co-opted by firms whose founders, owners or major stakeholders promote division.

Why Super PACs Aren't the Problem

Todd Phillips | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Todd Phillips

We can cast votes in elections and the winner will run the government, but if citizens are uninformed, what's the point? Democracy will be phony. And if democracy is phony, it seems inevitable that our government and our society will be overflowing with problems. Is there another way?

Paul Blumenthal

Big Donors Have Shunned Pro-Obama Super PAC | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The push to raise unlimited contributions by a super PAC backing President Barack Obama's reelection has run into a number of hurdles si...

Matt Sledge

Texas Primary Race Heats Up With Mudslinging From Both Sides | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

With a new TV ad, an independent anti-incumbent super PAC is lobbing allegations of corruption into the congressional primary race heating up in El Pa...