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Citizens United

Activist Comics: Constitutional Amendment

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.22.2014 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

It might seem radical to have a Constitutional Convention over something like Super PACs, the unenforceable slush funds that have flourished as the latest billionaire accessory. But you know what is even crazier? Passing a Constitutional Amendment BANNING ALCOHOL.

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Keeps Preaching 'We Can Actually Do Something' About Corruption

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this year, Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout emerged as a political star among progressives when she challenged New York Gov...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Used Twitter, Too, To Coordinate With Outside Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican Party committees and outside groups shared polling data over Twitter during the 2014 elections, according to a CNN report on ...

A Call to Arms

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Never has the foundational constitutional principle of one person, one vote been so undermined by a Supreme Court majority that apparently believes money is king.

Activist Comics: Disclosure

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.18.2014 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

After $145 million of anonymous spending in the midterm elections, the American public remains none the wiser as to who not only wanted to spend fortunes influencing politics, but needed to do it without exposing their identities and their motives.

Americans Don't Support the Republican Agenda

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The best thing Republicans had going for them in this election was the fact that they weren't in the same party as President Obama. But it would be a huge mistake for them to act as though this was an endorsement of their policies -- a mistake they seem likely to make. A mistake that seems destined to be part of the 2016 Republican autopsy.

Activist Comics: Free Airtime for Candidates

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

It would be in the public interest to re-examine the hundreds of millions spent on buying TV time, considering that those TV airwaves are already the public's.

SiX Could Be the Answer to ALEC

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization seems to be their first innovation. But I shouldn't get snarky about their branding, because the basic idea is a good one: counterbalance the impressive inroads Republicans have made in state legislatures.

Is Big Money Being Used to Bully Judges?

Ben Cohen  | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

When corporations with a private agenda can selectively barrage our airwaves with attack ads, they can shape the national conversation, destroy reputations or curry favor with politicians. They can even influence our judiciary system.

How the Lame Ducks Can Strike Back

Al Lewis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Al Lewis

The lame duck session gives ousted legislators a chance to do something they dare not have done before the election: propose legislation that actually benefits constituents even if it means upsetting contributors.

2014 Election Confirms Citizens United Decision Based on Fundamentally Flawed Premises

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Court majority in Citizens United explicitly based its misguided decision on two grounds: campaign expenditures by outside groups would be made independently from candidates and full disclosure of the campaign activities would provide accountability to citizens and shareholders. Neither has happened.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Gary Hart | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Gary Hart

Regardless of one's party, serious citizens concerned for our country's future should be thinking seriously about where our politics are headed, not just left or right but forward or backward.

Crowdsource Your Remote and Save Democracy

Mark Boslough | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
Mark Boslough

I know there are many gifted app programmers who care about the future of our democracy. I won't write the specifications for you, but I would also like to be able to adjust the settings. Can I pre-select something to appear on my screen during the ad?

The Wool Over Our Eyes

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

No one likes having the wool pulled over their eyes. Now imagine wealthy CEOs hiring millions of knitters to blanket your entire city with a massive wool sweater, soaked in gasoline. That's what dark money is.

On Money in Politics, 2014 Shows What's Wrong -- and What's Right

Marge Baker | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

The most enduring "winners" in the midterms may be the wealthy interests that bankrolled their candidates of choice and can now expect to have the ears of their chosen representatives. But importantly, it's not all bad news on the money in politics front.

Paul Blumenthal

The World After Citizens United: Here Is Your First $100 Million Senate Race

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joined Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) on the election trail Oct. 25 to rally Democrats ahead of Tuesd...

Election 2014: The Seinfeld Election About Absolutely Nothing Ends Its Run

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Say a fond farewell to the 2014 Seinfeld campaign. Unfortunately, it probably won't be the last corrupt big money-dominated campaign about absolutely nothing.

The Unbelievably Easy 2014 Midterm Election Voters Guide -- Money in Politics

Richard Greene | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Richard Greene

The Republican and Democratic parties are SO far apart, on almost EVERY issue, it will take you less than one minute to know who to vote for!

Money, Politics and Democracy Depraved

George Mitrovich | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
George Mitrovich

I believe in government, which is established through the means of politics. The government we get and the political means by which it is derived is imperfect, and to expect perfection from either is overly idealistic or dangerously ignorant.

We Already Know Who Won the 2014 Election

Wendy Weiser | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Wendy Weiser

There is still suspense over what will happen on Election Day, with control of the Senate hanging in the balance. But regardless of who wins, we already know the 2014 election belongs to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Enough Already

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

At the end of a campaign, we should know more about our country, our fellow citizens and those who want to represent us. Instead we are awash in malicious advertising and name-calling.

An Election Day Carol

Robert Reich | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

In the early hours of Election Day, before dawn reaches the nation's capital, Justice Anthony Kennedy is suddenly awakened by someone standing next to his bed. "Who are you?" demands the Justice. "I am the ghost of Election Day Past."

Antidote to Citizens United

Dianne Collins | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Dianne Collins

Remember when politicians wanted more than anything to do what was right for the good of all people beyond their own personal power agendas, and Supreme Court justices were able to think fairly beyond partisan biases? Hmmm ... yeah, right, neither do I.

Citizens United, Explained With Dogs

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.02.2014 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

John Oliver was right to challenge this seclusion from the public eye on his recent episode of Last Week Tonight when he had no choice but to dramatize courtroom proceedings with a bench of jurist dogs. Clearly a better means of public information is necessary for the highest court in the land.

Paul Blumenthal

Here Are The Top Super PAC Mega-Donors In 2014 Elections

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In Iowa, a television station recently created a new program so it could sell more advertising to political campaigns, party committees ...