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Money Matters (in Presidential Elections)

Kirby Goidel | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

One of the observations currently being made about the 2016 presidential elections involves the ineffectiveness of money as a campaign resource. Anecdotally, there appears to be good reason for such skepticism.

I Support Bernie Sanders Because He Supports Me

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

So you ask us: "How dare Bernie run?" You imply: "How dare you, a Democrat, support his run?" My answer, aside from pointing out that this is a democratic election rather than a Democratic coronation, is simple: I support Bernie Sanders because he supports me.

Baring It All for Campaign Finance Reform

The Heller School | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
The Heller School

A candidate who believes that campaign finance reform is critical to the future of our democracy should step forward to set a new standard. Every ad, website and social media communication should include the names of the candidate's top three donors.

Lawrence Lessig on Overturning Citizens United

Quora | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Quora

To overturn Citizens United will require either a change of the Court (not implausible, if a Democrat wins, not possible for a generation, if a Republican wins), or a constitutional amendment (unlikely through Congress, possible through an Article V convention).

Fossil Fuel Companies Made Big Super PAC Gifts Before Congress Ended The Oil Export Ban

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of the biggest oil and gas companies and their CEOs poured millions into a super PAC created to boost the election of Senate ...

Anger Against Big Money Is Changing the Race for President

Adam Smith | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Adam Smith

When voters go to the caucus on Monday or their polling place in New Hampshire the week after, they'll do so angry at Washington and politicians and a political system they think too often works for the wealthiest at the expense of everyone else and that anger will influence who they pick.

Super PACs Supporting Hillary Clinton Rely On $1 Million Donors

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Priorities USA Action and Correct the Record, both super PACs allied with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, raised a combined ...

The New Anti-Sanders Group Is Funded By Anti-Clinton Donors

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 01.31.2016 | Politics

About a week ago, a super PAC bankrolled by a wealthy conservative donor announced that it would run an ad attacking Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for ...

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

America Needs a First Lady Who Actually Represents Them

Michael Sainato | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Michael Sainato

The past three first ladies; Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Hillary Clinton all share a common insincere, yet polished, demeanor inherent with an aff...

Fool Me Once

Charles Kolb | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Charles Kolb

For too long, campaign-finance-reform advocates have been patient dupes. If Secretary Clinton thinks she can coast to the White House with Obama-style winking and nodding, let's hope she continues to "feel the Bern."

Here's How We Get Big Money Out Of American Politics

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

This kind of unregulated campaign finance system has resulted in massive corruption scandals in the past. It will do so again in the future. Citizens United has brought an onslaught of big money from the Super Rich who are treating federal campaigns as their political playground.

Six Years Later: Citizens United's Winners Aren't Declared on Election Day

Russ Feingold | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
Russ Feingold

As we watch the Republican primary unfold, it's easy to forget for most of the candidates, there are two campaigns. There's only one official campaign, of course, but with one notable exception, every single one of the GOP candidates has a multi-million dollar super PAC supporting them.

The Super Rich Should Not Control Our Elections

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

By the time the 2016 election is over, America's Super Rich will have given the largest amount of the biggest contributions and the most secret money ever provided in our history to support candidates for President and Congress.

Karl Rove Hits Hillary Clinton Over Wall Street Ties

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Karl Rove's American Crossroads operation is hammering Hillary Clinton with a new ad in Iowa calling her a tool of Wall Street. "Ever w...

Citizens United Has Left Our Political System in Shambles

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

January 21 will mark the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, one of the worst and most damaging decisions in the court's history.

Want To Know The Real GOP Rivalries? Check Out These Attack Ads.

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a little less than a month to go until the first votes are cast, candidates in the crowded Republican presidential primary --...

Harry Reid Makes Disturbing Request

Cameron Fegers | Posted 01.05.2016 | Politics
Cameron Fegers

In the post-Citizens United era, where campaign fundraising involves pandering to corporate lobbyists and wealthy, special interests, requests like Reid's -- someone who is viewed as a leader in the Democratic party -- only further the appearance of corruption in our democracy.

The Line Between Campaigns And Super PACs Is Getting Even Thinner

The Washington Post | Benjamin Hart | Posted 12.24.2015 | Politics

The Federal Election Commission has quietly given the green light to federal candidates who want to solicit contributions for super PACs by meeting in...

How Our Corrupt Campaign Finance System Enabled Trump -- And Kneecapped His Rivals

The Huffington Post | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics

As 2015 comes to a close, many people are still wondering how reality television mogul and rejected Guy Fieri appetizer Donald Trump continues to lea...

A Super PAC Was Actually Fined For Breaking The Rules

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federal Election Commission last month fined a super PAC for illegally re-airing a commercial in 2012 that had been produ...

Donald Trump’s Corporate Support Questioned By Ironic Source

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top lawyer for Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s super PAC has filed a complaint with the ...

Democrats Shouldn't Vote for the "Safe" Candidate

Calvin Sloan | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Calvin Sloan

If Bernie Sanders were on that general election debate stage, the Republican opposition would be forced to battle over ideas, not character accusations predicated on the corruptibility of the political class.

Why This New Anti-Trump Group May Not Rewrite Elections

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Republican operatives decided to finally organize an attack on leading presidential candidate Donald Trump, they didn’t laun...

Post-9/11 Rebuilding Isn't The Only Reason Hedge Funds Support Hillary Clinton

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.17.2015 | Politics

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