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The Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision and the 'Appearance' of Corruption

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

As in Citizens United, five conservative Justices, led by the good ole' "umpire" John Roberts, decided that they know better than the nation's elected representatives whether one individual contributing millions to campaigns and parties creates the "appearance" of corruption. If that's not judicial activism, I don't know what is.

A Response to the Koch Brothers Claim of Entitlement to Anonymous Political Giving

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Koch brothers' enormous wealth does not entitle them to any special treatment when it comes to the right of the American people to know about political money being spent to influence federal elections.

The McCutcheon Case: Consequences if SCOTUS Strikes Down Overall Contribution Limits

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

If the SCOTUS were to strike down the overall contribution limits in the McCutcheon case, we would be back to the same kind of corrupting contributions that resulted in the Watergate scandals in the '70s and the soft money scandals in the '90s. The legal and political consequences would be enormous.

Real-Time Disclosure -- One Simple Fix for a More Informed Public

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Citizens are affected every day -- not just in the weeks before an election -- by the decisions of their elected representatives, and have the right to know when those decisions are being driven by large campaign contributions.

It Takes a Democracy Movement

Calvin Sloan | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Calvin Sloan

"It's not that the system is broken," says the conservative populist Governor Buddy Roemer, "it's that it's bought." The question that logically follows is what we, the American people, can do about it. How can we remove the corroding influence of money in politics?

Aggregate Contribution Limits Promote Electoral Competition

Jonathan Backer | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

McCutcheon presents an opportunity for the Supreme Court to reaffirm the importance of contribution limits in preventing political corruption and to recognize their role in promoting electoral competition. The Court should adhere to firmly established precedent and uphold the aggregate contribution limit.

Supreme Court Could Create System of Legalized Bribery in Washington Depending on Its Decision in McCutcheon Case

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

There are enormous stakes for the country in the campaign finance case the Supreme Court agreed to review this week.

Paul Blumenthal

AGAIN?! Supreme Court To Tackle Campaign Finance

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will hear a case challenging the per-biennial cycle limit on campaign contributions from ind...

Fourteen Current Republican Senators Voted for Loophole-Closing Disclosure Legislation Enacted in 2000

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Today's cloture vote on the DISCLOSE Act will put every Senator on record and will require each Senator who votes against the Act to take personal responsibility for the corruption and scandal that invariably will follow if new disclosure legislation is not enacted.

RNC Lawsuit Challenging Contribution Limit Would Open Door to Corrupting Million Dollar Party Contributions

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

There is little doubt that million dollar contributions would be solicited and given if the aggregate contribution limit is removed. History makes clear that when it comes to raising and spending political money, what can be done will be done.

Senator McConnell "Pounds the Table" in Opposing Campaign Finance Disclosure Long Upheld by Supreme Court

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Senator McConnell doesn't have a constitutional leg on which to stand when he argues against the right of citizens to know the identity of secret donors funding campaign expenditures to influence their votes.

Constitution Check: Would the Supreme Court Uphold a Ban on Super PACs Closely Linked to Candidates?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

The theory, of course, will be that, if political spending is a form of speech, there should be no limit on spending that "speaks" directly to a candidate who shares one's policy views.

Constitution Check: Did the Supreme Court Give Us Super PACs?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

In the midst of a lively political campaign, with big spending a big issue, even the media can get the Constitution wrong. There is a link, but it is only indirect, between the Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and the rise of super PACs.

It's Not Just Citizens United

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

For those who think that our election system is fundamentally on the wrong track, the only option is to amend the Constitution to allow Congress and the States to do what is necessary to restore some level of sanity to campaign finance rules.

If Obama Takes Super PAC Money, He Must Fight Like Hell to Make it Illegal and Unconstitutional in the Future

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

By accepting Super PAC money, Obama is all but guaranteeing that the special interests of the richest 0.01% will dominate the interests of the 99% and his second term will accomplish little to right the balance.

The Future of American Democracy

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

This is not a progressive issue or a conservative issue. This is not a Tea Party issue or a liberal issue. This is an American issue. Money is destroying our politics and our political system. The signs are everywhere.

On 2nd Anniversary of Citizens United: Why the Right, Left and Center Should Support Getting Money Out of Politics

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Preserving American democracy, preventing political bribery and corruption, and insuring that every citizen has an equal voice in choosing their representatives should be a cause supported across the political spectrum.

Double Barrel Blast From Big Sky Country: Montana Rejects Citizens United

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

In the context of Montana's low cost elections, unlimited corporate spending could have a particularly pronounced impact -- discouraging every day citizens from participating in the political process.

The Rich Are Different From You and Me: They Don't Care About Jobs and Their Money Buys Politicians

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The rich use their money to legally bribe politicians to support policies that favor themselves over the middle class in the auction that we call elections. And the policies they support are different from those supported by the majority of middle class Americans voters.

Can Occupy Overturn Citizens United? "Dear 99%ers..."

Mark Green | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Mark Green

Nothing could enhance American democracy more than if Occupy Wall Street helped enact the 28th Constitutional Amendment to end the pretense that corporations are people who speak with money. The 99% can stop the privatization of government.

There Is Only One Issue In America

Steven Van Zandt | Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics
Steven Van Zandt

Yes, we can demonstrate. We can march. We can write and sign petitions to our representatives. We can occupy. But the truth is, other than the value of venting, we're wasting our time.

Why Dylan Ratigan's "Get Money Out" Campaign Gets it Right

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 01.16.2012 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

To understand why Dylan Ratigan's "Get Money Out" campaign is getting it right, let's take a quick look at the history of Supreme Court decisions on campaign finance.

Why Citizens United Is a Fraud: A Guide for Non-Lawyers

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

Here's a 10 point guide to an absurd, abstract, unprincipled, historic game-changer of a decision on Citizens v. United.

The Roberts Court Takes Aim at Campaign Finance Reform

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alec Baldwin

Do you really want the sociopaths from AIG, Wall Street trading firms and bailed out banks, who have driven the US economy off a cliff, to have an insurmountable war chest with which to campaign for candidates of their choice?

Supreme Court about to Gut Campaign Finance Laws...and Democracy?

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

How did we get to the flashpoint where today's Supreme Court might ignore law and overrule long-standing precedent to allow corporations again to dominate our politics?