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Campaign Finance Reform

Jack Abramoff: Supreme Court Justices 'Just Don't Get' How Money Influences Politics

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 04.18.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff disagrees with the Supreme Court's April 2 ruling on campaign finance limits, which knocked down the overall limits on w...

Rising Above the Partisan Fray, Most Organizations Call for IRS Rulemaking to Continue

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

Despite the obvious need for revised rules, the IRS rulemaking has unfortunately become a divisive partisan issue and the political punching bag du jour.

Let's Disarm the Nation and the World -- Starting at Home

Steve Nelson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Steve Nelson

From our provincial position, 'evil' nations like North Korea should not have dangerous weapons. From their provincial position, our possession of nuclear weapons provides a practical and moral imperative that they have equally deadly capabilities.

Russell Conwell: His Theology of Wealth and Today's GOP

James Zogby | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

I thought of Russell Conwell's bizarre nineteenth-century theological glorification of wealth this past week when the Supreme Court removed one of the last remaining limits on the amount of money wealthy donors could spend in political campaigns.

In the Wake of McCutcheon, Can Democracy Tame Capital?

Richard Kirsch | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

Policy solutions are easy to come up with. The enormous challenge is that the more wealth is concentrated, the harder it becomes to enact those policies.

All Is Not Lost: How to Win Money-in-Politics Reform

Josh Silver | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Josh Silver

If you have a heartbeat, you are one of the vast majority of Americans thoroughly disgusted by this week's McCutcheon Supreme Court decision. It allows one donor to write a $3.6 million check to buy political influence, providing us all with yet another "just-when-you-thought-it-couldn't-get-any-worse" moment. As if we needed it. You are also likely someone who rationally believes that money-in-politics corruption is a huge problem and something that simply cannot be fixed, because doing so requires the fox (politicians) put a lock on the henhouse (campaign contributions). But don't give up just yet. Contrary to popular belief, the money-in-politics problem can be fixed by emulating the stunning successes of marriage equality and marijuana decriminalization over the past twenty years. Here's how to do it.

Paul Blumenthal

The Roberts Court Tees Up The End Of Campaign Finance Reform | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission on Wednesday has potentially big implications for the future...

How We Can Fight Back Against the Supreme Court

Cenk Uygur | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

It was nice while it lasted. Democracy at the national level is dead now. We have replaced it with an open auction. This will not at some future date lead to a worst case scenario. We're already living in that scenario.

Jason Linkins

Please Spare A Thought For The Real Victims Of The McCutcheon Decision | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Court's latest decision in McCutcheon v. FEC continues the long process of deforming our once-thought-to-be-timeless experiment in "We the...

Supreme Court Continued This Week on Its March to Destroy the Nation's Campaign Finance Laws

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

With its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the Supreme Court has turned our representative system of government into a sandbox for America's billionaires and millionaires to play in.

McCutcheon and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

Robert Reich | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

By taking Citizens United one step further and effectively eviscerating campaign finance laws, the Court has issued an invitation to oligarchy.

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...

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...

Paul Blumenthal

The Supreme Court Has Struck Down Overall Campaign Contribution Limits | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the aggregate campaign contribution limits, thereby opening the door to even more money in th...

Democracy vs. Oligarchy

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

The great political struggle we now face is whether the United States retains its democratic heritage or whether we move toward an oligarchic form of society where the real political power rests with a handful of billionaires, not ordinary Americans.

Repairing Democracy

Rep. Jared Huffman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jared Huffman

We believe there are several reforms needed to fight back against the scourge of unlimited and secretive campaign spending, bring transparency and accountability to the system, and, more importantly, support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

The Super Rich and the Rest of Us

Jay Mandle | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Growing inequality is the logical outcome of the way we pay for our politics. When the super rich have disproportionate influence over political outcomes, they are the principle beneficiaries.

Kathleen Miles

This Chart Shows How Little We Really Know About Where Political Money Comes From | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

More and more money is going into U.S. elections without any disclosure of where it's coming from. Spending by “dark money” groups -- organizat...

Dear Mr. President, the Time Has Come For You to Tackle America's Biggest Problem -- Congress

Timothy Eden, MSW | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Timothy Eden, MSW

We elected you to make these changes. But, no true reform will ever precede election reform. This can be your legacy.

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.

Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder 'Can't Understand' State's Campaign Finance Mishap

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Ben Cohen sat down with HuffPost Live on Thursday, expressing how perplexed he was by Vermont's recent campaign finance bill....

Paul Blumenthal

Here's How Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Wants To Stamp Money Out Of Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- These days Ben Cohen, co-founder and former CEO of Ben & Jerry's, is trying to make an impact with stamps, not scoops. His target: the i...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Rally Behind Reform Bill To Fight Big Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leaders joined together on Capitol Hill Wednesday to introduce a new campaign-finance reform bill to help lessen the in...

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.