The regime of campaign finance limits has been a failure. The only part of the effort that remains -- contribution limits -- is now responsible for increasing, rather than limiting, the power of money in elections.
You want to know exactly where a candidate has gotten money to stage their expensive campaign? I sure do. Election campaign laws were written and passed by members of Congress -- the very people who would be held accountable to them. No wonder it's such a muddle.
Before you write your big check to Idaho, Mr. Banker, please understand that you may be part of a ploy to stealthily violate donation limits and move funds secretly in the dark of night to the more contested states.
We won't solve our economic problems with more influence from people who are able to hire lobbyists or write checks to candidates or super PACs. We'll solve them with more influence from more everyday Americans.
We have about two days to save a groundbreaking bill that will make corporations and big-spending one percenters who buy political ads reveal their identities in their commercials so you'll know who's trying to manipulate your vote.
In the past two years, Citizens United has allowed corporations to flood the airwaves and the corridors of power with anti-women legislation restricting women's health, worker's rights, and voting rights. We must fight back.
By limiting incumbents to raising money in their own districts and limiting challengers to specific matching amounts maybe we would finally get to where people in a particular district actually make their own decisions on who will represent them.
One of the most striking examples of money in politics this year was the extent to which some lawmakers blatantly stated their fealty to big corporate interests, from apologizing to BP to offering to "serve the banks."