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Supreme Court Campaign Finance

Corporations Are People, FEC Commissioners Are Not

The Huffington Post | Christine Conetta | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

Federal Election Commissioner Ellen Weintraub, appearing on HuffPost Live Monday, expressed frustration that the FEC considers corporations people, bu...

Supreme Court Declines To Take Up Walker Dispute

Reuters | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid to stop an investigation in Wisconsi...

Paul Blumenthal

John Roberts Basically Thinks It's OK When Politicians Just Do What Wealthy Donors Say | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to campaign finance law, Chief Justice John Roberts taketh away even as he giveth. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court uphe...

Paul Blumenthal

The Investigation Into Scott Walker Could Be Way, Way Bigger Than Scott Walker | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An investigation targeting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) for alleged illegal coordination with independent conservative groups during ...

Stevens Condemns 'Really Wrong' Roberts Ruling

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is criticizing the high court's decision in McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission, telling the New...

Ryan Grim

Now He Tells Us: McCutcheon Attorney Admits Money Is Not Speech | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

Dan Backer, the lead lawyer behind a landmark case that further opened the campaign finance floodgates, conceded in an interview with HuffPost Live th...

High Court Passes On Campaign Finance Case

AP | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to century-old bans on campaign contributions by corporations. The justices turned awa...

Ryan J. Reilly

The Only Form Of Corruption The Supreme Court Cares About Is Almost Impossible To Prosecute | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In striking down long-standing campaign contribution limits last week, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the right to donate to as m...

GOP Celebrates Gutting Of Campaign Finance Rules

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans call the Supreme Court's latest ruling on campaign donations a victory for free speech. Democrats say it's more like a...

Democratic Candidate Calls Big Campaign Finance Ruling The Worst Since Dred Scott

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

Democrat Rick Weiland, who is running for Senate in South Dakota, had a dramatic reaction to the Supreme Court's Wednesday ruling striking down aggreg...

Paul Blumenthal

Figured Out Dark Money Groups, Super PACs? Thanks To The Supreme Court, You'll Have To Learn About This, Too | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission has opened the door for wealthy donors to spend even more on pol...

Michael McAuliff

High Court's Campaign Ruling Ripped As 'Amateurish,' 'Mind-Boggling' | Michael McAuliff | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's latest campaign finance ruling is a mind-bogglingly "naive" and "amateurish" decision that only promotes the power o...

Paul Blumenthal

After Today's Supreme Court Ruling, Here's How All This Will End | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

If understanding campaign finance laws is still on your to-do list -- what's the difference between a super PAC and a 501(c)4 again? what counts as il...

How Hawaii Government Can Work Again

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 04.07.2014 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

Voter owned elections is not a panacea. There will be more work to be done, but it is the baseline for action, if the government is ever going to represent the vast majority of people.

Kagan Argues Again For Campaign Finance Limits

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The last time the U.S. Supreme Court heard a major campaign finance dispute, then-Solic...

Paul Blumenthal

Justice Alito Is Wildly Off The Mark On Campaign Finance | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Samuel Alito called the central point made by the government during Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal E...

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McCutcheon v. FEC: Supreme Court Skeptical Of Campaign Contribution Limits | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A slim majority of Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical Tuesday that the federal government may cap the total amount of money that in...

Paul Blumenthal

Everything You Need To Know About The Next Citizens United | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The case challenges the two-year ag...

Paul Blumenthal

Sick Of Super PACs? Get Ready For The Next Big Threat | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The joint fundraising committee may join the super PAC and the "dark money" nonprofit as the new face of big money in politics if the Su...

Supreme Court Term Begins With Contentious Topics

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is beginning a new term with controversial issues that offer the court's conservative majority the...

Paul Blumenthal

Super Rich To Gain Even More Influence In Congress? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Removing the limits on total campaign contributions by a single donor, a restriction now before the Supreme Court, would lead to a huge ...

Paul Blumenthal

McConnell To Supreme Court: Let Candidates Accept Unlimited Cash | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Oct. 8, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will argue to the Supreme Court that all campaign contribution limits should be eliminated and t...

Paul Blumenthal

Supreme Court May Give This Guy Even More Influence | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The campaign finance case set to be argued before the Supreme Court on Oct. 8 could expand the political power of the super wealthy, acc...

Paul Blumenthal

Coming This Fall: The Next Citizens United? | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The next big campaign finance case to go before the Supreme Court began in February 2012 in the grand ballroom at the Marriott Wardman P...

Think Again: Campaign-Finance Reform in an Age of Corporate Influence

Eric Alterman | Posted 06.11.2013 | Media
Eric Alterman

The problem, however, is that while such support is wide, it is rarely deep. Since it is an electoral-process issue, it does not frequently excite voters -- and even when it does, it usually fails to excite reporters.