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A New Look at Citizens United

Lyle Denniston | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Many observers have blamed the Court's January 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission for supposedly turning on the corporate money-in-politics spigot. But even some members of the Court are questioning anew whether that was a mistake.

The BEST Late Night Clips Of The Week

Matt Wilstein | Posted 05.03.2012 | Comedy
Matt Wilstein

This week began with Oscars, and while nothing could ever top Sacha Baron Cohen's fateful encounter with Ryan Seacrest on the red carpet, the late nig...


Rep. Ted Deutch | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Rep. Ted Deutch

The factors that would typically lead to a campaign's demise -- the absence of popular support, too few donors -- have become irrelevant in an era where a few billionaires can resurrect campaigns from the dead through Super PACs.

Attacks on Media Coverage of Citizens United's Pivotal Role in Rise of Super PACs Are Misguided and Wrong

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.01.2012 | Media
Fred Wertheimer

On Jan. 21, 2010, the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case struck down the ban on corporate spending in federal elections and opened Pandora's Bo...

Dan Froomkin

Big Donors To Mitt Romney's Super PAC Could Reap Many Dividends | Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One thing's for certain about most of the biggest donors bankrolling the main pro-Mitt Romney super PAC: They are canny investors. Pr...

Lawrence Lessig on Campaign Finance Reform: Overturning Citizens United Isn't Enough

Corbin Hiar | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Corbin Hiar

In contrast with many other campaign finance reformers, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig believes fixing the U.S. election system will require more than just overturning the Citizens United ruling, which removed many restrictions on independent political spending.

Santorum Gets Mysterious Donor

Mother Jones | Tim Murphy | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

The biggest donor to the pro-Rick Santorum super-PAC in January was a man you've almost certainly never heard of: William J. Doré Sr., a megarich ene...

Adelson Makes Big Move

AP | By KEN THOMAS | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson has given another "substantial" contribution to an independent group supporting Republi...

Mitt Romney Campaign: A Win Is A Win

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 02.27.2012 | Politics

DETROIT -- The Romney campaign responds to this: "I think we've already won when you consider it is Romney's home state. The fact that we're even ...

The BEST Late Night Clips Of The Week

Matt Wilstein | Posted 04.26.2012 | Comedy
Matt Wilstein

This week saw the triumphant return of Stephen Colbert after two harrowing days off the air. President Obama continued his quest to out-sing all of his Republican rivals. And Mitt Romney compared himself to George Constanza.

WATCH: Pro-Romney Super PAC Hits Santorum's Values

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's allied Super PAC Restore Our Future released a new ad attacking former Sen. Rick Santorum as the date for the primary elections in Michi...

Shady Political Fundraisers Give Themselves Huge Paydays

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 02.24.2012 | Business

Super political action committees appear to serve two purposes: helping candidates win elections and, of course, making a select few rather rich. ...

Georgia Now Ground Zero for Super PACs and Citizens United

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Rep. Hank Johnson

The "Nastiest Show on Earth" otherwise known as the "Slimary Process" -- the prolonged and agonizing Republican primary to select a presidential candidate -- is already being called the dirtiest of all time by political pundits and voters alike.

Top fundraiser for Romney super PAC gets a $1.9 million payday

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Peter H. Stone, iWatch NewsA super PAC supporting Mitt Romney has paid one of the Republican candidate's veteran fundraisers a fee of $1.9 millio...

Paul Blumenthal

Romney Super PAC 'Has Clearly Violated The Law' | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The main super PAC supporting Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has violated campaign finance law, a nonpartisan campaign finance watc...

A Remote Solution

Richard Geldard | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Richard Geldard

Listening to a candidate speak to the issues, either in debate or speeches is the only way to gauge to what extent he or she speaks to your own values and convictions. And we cannot arrive at that convergence by listening to advertising.

Super PAC Contributions Concentrated Among Several Donors

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

Super PACs, the political groups flexing their muscles in a presidential race for the first time, are disproportionately funded by a handful of donors...

WATCH: Colbert Slams Pelosi, Loves Kittens

Posted 02.22.2012 | Comedy

Nancy Pelosi stirred up a hornet's nest named "Colbert Nation" when she released an ad attacking Colbert for raising unlimited funds through his Super...

The GOP's Big Investors

Robert Reich | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Whoever emerges as the GOP standard-bearer will be deeply indebted to a handful of people, each of whom will expect a good return on their investment. And this is just the beginning. We haven't even come to the general election.

Candidates Rake In Donations From Wealthy

AP | STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Just two dozen ultra-wealthy donors are behind a surge of million-dollar contributions to the new breed of political committees dur...

GOP Candidate Super PAC Distances From Donation

AP | STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 04.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A super political action committee supporting Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has refunded a $50,000 donation from a Lon...

Gingrich Backer Hints At Bold Move

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson said he would give up to $100 million to Newt Gingrich or another GOP candidate, according to a rare interview ...

Paul Blumenthal

Romney's Bad January Gets Worse | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As he remains stuck in a four-way race for the Republican presidential nomination, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's financial adv...

Newt's Billionaire Donor Could Give Romney De Facto Boost

RealClearPolitics | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics

So far, at least, no one would accuse Winning Our Future, the pro-Newt Gingrich super PAC, of going easy on Mitt Romney....

Amanda Terkel

Asian-American Super PAC Launches To Hit Back Against Controversial Ad | Amanda Terkel | Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new super PAC has formed to support allies of the Asian Pacific Islander community after GOP Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra aired a co...