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Citizens United

What Warren Buffett Should Say To The Koch Brothers

Andy Schmookler | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business
Andy Schmookler

If the United States continues down the road toward becoming a nation in which the few rule, manipulate, and exploit the many, how many good and humane causes will do well?

President Obama, Go Big or Go Home

Robbie Gennet | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.

Anti-Citizens United Measure Kicked Off California Ballot

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics

The California Supreme Court has blocked an advisory measure gauging public opinion on unlimited campaign donations from appearing on the state's ball...

California's Constitutional Crisis: Can We the People Speak?

Derek Cressman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Los Angeles
Derek Cressman

While conflicts between our three branches of government over constitutional issues usually occur at the federal level, there is a profound debate happening almost under the radar over state constitutional authority in California. The case deserves our attention

The Koch Brothers' Reign of Terror: How Their Great Wealth Is Buying Our Government

Pearl Korn | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

It seems like every e-mail I receive these days from a Democratic Senate candidate or Senator up for re-election this cycle includes a warning that the infamous Koch brothers will do anything, no matter the cost, to take over the US Senate -- and with it, our country.

Sue the Republican Majority in Congress

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Allen Schmertzler

Whereas full-body contact and the use of firearms may be a preferred tactic to settle individual grievances for those with less financial means, the elite class prefers to fight through their lawyers, a form of legal combat with established rules.

Paul Blumenthal

'We've Completely Won The Debate On The Problem Of Money In Politics'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Campaign finance reformers are taking their policy efforts to the hustings, raising millions of dollars in an unprecedented push to supp...

Paul Blumenthal

Corporations Have Found Yet Another (Secret) Way To Help Get Politicians Elected

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On June 14, 2012, someone created a corporation in Ohio called American Dream Fund LLC. Six months later, this corporation made a $250,0...

Humpty Dumpty Meets Le Droit du Seigneur

Eliot Daley | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Eliot Daley

"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master -- that's all." We know now who the master is to be, thanks these last two findings in a relentless stream of high court decisions favoring corporations over citizens.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Top List of Super PAC Mega-Donors

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic super PACs continue to attract more money than their Republican counterparts, due in part to a huge amount of support from de...

The Truth About Politics: Mo' Money, Mo' Problems

Jason Ritchie | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Jason Ritchie

Our government is no longer by the people, for the people. Their vast spending in politics gives them a large degree of control over those in office, drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. This amounts to institutionalized bribery.

Fight Censorship: See This Film

Michael Berkowitz | Posted 07.15.2014 | Media
Michael Berkowitz

In April of 2013, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal's film "Citizen Koch" died an untimely death. The film had sought to illustrate the role of Koch money in American electoral politics.

Senate Dems Step Up to Take On Two Outrageous Supreme Court Decisions

Pearl Korn | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

With the recent rulings of this right-wing dominated Supreme Court, it was hard to celebrate our nation's 238th birthday this past July 4th. Indeed, the Hobby Lobby decision delivered a hard blow not just to women in the workplace, but to the basic rights of all Americans.

Welcome to the USA: I Am an American

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 07.10.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

Text of speech given to more than 1,000 new citizens from 104 countries at a naturalization ceremony being sworn in at the Paramount Theater in Oakla...

Is This Who We Want Driving Our Democracy?

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

With the voices of everyday Americans increasingly being drowned out by the likes of the Koch brothers, fixing our democracy can't wait.

Hobby Lobby Doesn't Care About Your Birth Control

MOMocrats | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
MOMocrats

The slippery slope is here and we are sliding down fast. Justice Ginsburg set a fabulous example in her dissent.

The Limits of Corporate Citizenship: Why Walgreen Shouldn't Be Allowed to Influence U.S. Politics If It Becomes Swiss

Robert Reich | Posted 07.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

Walgreen, the largest drugstore chain in the U.S. with more than 8,700 drugstores spread across the nation, is on the verge of moving its corporate headquarters to Switzerland as part of a merger with Alliance Boots, the European drugstore chain.

Fantasy Or Forecast? A Progressive Agenda For The Supreme Court

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Progressives can surely add to this list of issues that a Supreme Court with a liberal majority should address. Unfortunately, presidential candidates won't directly address these issues or the views of candidates they would appoint to the Supreme Court when vacancies arise

Ayatollah Alito

Paul Abrams | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Ayotallah Ali Hosseini Khamenei, say hello to your new comrade, Ayotallah Samuel Alito. Supreme Leader meet Supreme Court Justice. And, no, regrettably, this is not hyperbole.

Celebrating the Fourth of July in Dissent

Lara Bergthold | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Lara Bergthold

Although I think the founders didn't mean to exclude women, I know they didn't mean to include corporations. Religious freedom does not include the right to deny your employees contraception.

Samuel Alito: A Movement Man Makes Good on Right-Wing Investments

Peter Montgomery | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Alito's one-two punch was another extraordinary milestone for the strategists who have been working for the past 40 years to put business firmly in the driver's seat of American politics.

Paul Blumenthal

GOP Establishment Keeps Promise To Counter Tea Party With Surge In Primary Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican Party's internecine conflict has sparked a surge in independent spending in GOP congressional primaries as establishment ...

Supreme Court Rules Corporations Can Have Their Hearts Broken and Get Tummy Aches

Spencer Green | Posted 07.02.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"Corporations are just like people, and they have to deal with an assortment of melancholy, rejection, boo-boos, and owees," wrote Justice Samuel Alito in the majority opinion. "See them, feel them, touch them, heal them."

Why We Need the DISCLOSE Act

Sean McElwee | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

On at least two occasions then, the Court has chosen to remove limits on political spending on the implicit premise that this spending would be disclosed. Sadly, Citizen's United did not lead to more disclosure but instead to a wave of dark money.

Corporate Heartbreak

Jonathan Richards | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards

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