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Civic-Minded Plutocrats

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The economic meltdown that short-sighted "free market" policies brought upon us has now given the rich and powerful the opening to push their advantage more aggressively than ever.

Amanda Terkel

Gold Gym's Owner Under Fire For Political Donation Speaks Out | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The owner of Gold's Gym International is defending his $2 million donation to the conservative political group American Crossroads, sayi...

Amanda Terkel

SOLID GOLD: Bay Area Gym Franchises Split With Parent Company | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Gold's Gym is facing a backlash from LGBT activists over its CEO's $2 million donation to American Crossroads, the conservative political group affili...

Amanda Terkel

Progressive Democrat Faces Tough Re-Election Race | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D), first elected to Congress in 1992, hasn't seen a tough re-election battle since 1994, the year of the Republican revolution ...

Karl Rove-Backed Group Saw Fundraising Surge After Flip-Flop On Donor Secrecy

Politico | Kenneth P. Vogel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When it comes to the anonymous contributions fueling the tens of millions of dollars in advertising this year boosting Republican candidates, you coul...

This Senate Seat Isn't For Sale

Alexi Giannoulias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alexi Giannoulias

Two years after Blagojevich, a confluence of Republican front groups think a Senate seat is still for sale. The $9 million they've poured into my race has funded a litany of debunked attack ads.

Citizens United, an Assault on Our Democracy, Needs a Constitutional Amendment

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

To neutralize Citizens United, we must have a Constitutional Amendment to retake our democracy. It won't be an easy fight, but it is a fight worth having, as our democracy depends on it.

Karl Rove and Dan Lungren

Ami Bera, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ami Bera, MD

It's not surprising that Big Oil is protecting Dan Lungren -- he's taken $84,950 from oil and gas companies, then does their bidding in Congress, voting to give Big Oil $2.6 billion in tax breaks.

Hydra of independent groups fuels Republican side

Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Blumenthal

Outside groups aligned with Republicans are dominating spending on independent expenditures in the run-up to the 2010 midterm elections. As of October...

Shadow Elite: Truthiness in the Twitter Era

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

The insidious and deceptive self-branding that used to be confined to the corporate world is now also used by political message-makers, aiming to create a look and feel that consumers identify with intuitively.

Donald Trump Among Wealthy Donors To Karl Rove-Backed Group

The New York Times | Michael Luo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

More specifically, the reports to the Federal Election Commission, which covered from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15, included a $50,000 donation by none other th...

David Brooks: Soft in the Head

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nigel Hamilton

In his latest column, David Brooks is being a typical postmodern Republican: shameless, Bismarckian, and contemptuous of communitarians.

Sam Stein

Democrats Working Ground Game As Conservative Groups Storm The Airwaves | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

From mid-August through mid-October, nearly every dime of independent expenditure money spent by the conservative group American Crossroads went to po...

Meet Karl Rove's Karl Rove

Politico | KENNETH P. VOGEL & BEN SMITH | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats have targeted their long-time nemesis Karl Rove as the mastermind behind the tens of millions of dollars of ads from independent groups atta...

Republican Funding Surge Provides Crucial Advantage

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Fueled by a surge of outside money, Republicans have begun gunning for Democratic House seats once considered safe and beyond GOP reach -- a drive tha...

Deadbeat Democrats

Erica Payne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Payne

Like a chubby kid stockpiling his Dunk-a-roos at snack-time, many Democratic politicians in safe seats are hoarding their goodies while embattled colleagues go hungry this campaign season.

ON THE ATTACK: GOP-Allied Groups Planning $50 Million House Offensive

AP | LIZ SIDOTI and JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Eager to protect their politically vulnerable Senate leader, Democrats plan to sink more than $2 million into Harry Reid's home sta...

Stop the Anonymous Hit Men: Make Shadowy Campaign Money the Issue

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

Frustrated as voters are with the state of America, including with the Democrats' own frequent capitulation to corporate interests, most still don't want our government to become the wholly owned corporate property.

Amanda Terkel

Colorado Senate Race Becomes Election Proxy War | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Colorado's U.S. Senate race has become a proxy war this election, with independent groups pouring in large sums of money to air attack ads against bot...

Why Liberals Don't Stand a Chance in the Corporate Media

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

No wonder the conventional wisdom in Washington holds, without evidence, that the United States is a "center-right" country. Those making that argument might not be real, informed commentators -- but they play them on TV.

IRS to Investigate Rove's American Crossroads and Other Corporate Front Groups

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Big business donors trying to hide behind the illegal anonymity of tax deductible groups being misused as electoral organizations should now be forewarned -- you may not be anonymous for long.

Con Games: Karl Rove's Pledge For Aspen

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

Did you get the memo? He's right here, right now: Karl Rove is in Aspen no doubt matriculating in one of our gilded homes or within the splendid isolation of the McMansions on Red Mountain.

Karl Rove Headlining Fundraiser For Gardner, Frazier, Tipton

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Former Bush advisor Karl Rove will be in Aspen on Friday to headline a fundraiser for three Republican Colorado congressional candidates. Funds g...

Can Anyone Stop Rove's Crime Against Democracy While it is in Progress?

Kevin Zeese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Zeese

Political operatives, like Karl Rove, are misusing the tax laws to create organizations that allow for anonymous and unlimited donations from corporations and the super-rich in order to determine the outcome of the mid-term elections.

Shadow Elite: The DISCLOSE Act -- Who's Blindfolding the American Electorate?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Is there anything more toxic to a healthy democracy than special interests buying elections? Sadly, yes. It's when citizens have no idea who those special interests even are, and no way to find out.