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Citizens United

Teddy Davis, Clean Money Candidate for L.A. City Council

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 10.29.2014 | Los Angeles
John Wellington Ennis

At a time when development in Hollywood is rampant while infrastructure crumbles, having a voice in what happens to your community in Los Angeles can seem impossible.

Citizens United: Who Are These Guys?

Luis Toro | Posted 10.29.2014 | Denver
Luis Toro

Citizens United has been in Colorado news a lot lately. The group, that is, not the Supreme Court case of the same name.

Paul Blumenthal

Super PACs Keep Candidates Afloat With A Little Help From Their Friends | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In August, stories began to percolate that Terri Lynn Land, the Republican Senate candidate in Michigan, didn't have what it takes to wi...

Why Citizens United Kept Me From Contributing to Candidates in Campaign 2014

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The Supreme Court didn't directly tell me I'm not allowed to contribute to political candidates. Instead, they've just made it fairly meaningless for me to bother.

Amanda v. Goliath$

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Amanda is a true representative of "Us." Against staggering odds, through education and grit, Amanda worked her way into the middle class.

GOP Leader Unhappy With Flood of Money in Politics

Lauren Windsor | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

At a campaign event for Senate hopeful Joni Ernst in Des Moines on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told me that he is unhappy with Citizens United and would revisit the landmark Supreme Court decision to make it more balanced. However, Graham does not think any action will happen without a movement.

Paul Blumenthal

Outside Money Surge Makes Kansas Senate Race Costliest In State History | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Few Senate races have seen a gush of spending like the competition in Kansas between Sen. Pat Roberts (R) and independent challenger Gre...

Voters, Billionaires and Elections for Whom?

Rob Stein | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Rob Stein

Electoral success in these times requires that candidates and donors use all of the legal tools and resources at their disposal, but Citizens United and subsequent Supreme Court decisions are dangerously tipping the scales of electoral politics against the will of the many.

Paul Blumenthal

Karl Rove Sends Out The Billionaire Bat-Signal -- And They Respond | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Billionaires are rushing to the aid of Republicans in the homestretch of the 2014 elections with a massive super PAC infusion after a pl...

Citizens United, Kentucky, and the Future of American Elections

Avram Billig | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Avram Billig

It may be that no single race better exemplifies these developments, and foreshadows the shape of future federal elections, than Senator McConnell's competitive re-election contest against Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Can Chevron Buy Back My City on November 4?

David Helvarg | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
David Helvarg

What's happening in my town makes me worry for the future of our democracy as well as our ability to deal with issues like climate and pollution at the local level.

Is Our Democracy for Sale? Maybe Not and Here's Some Proof

David Belk | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
David Belk

Rich people often try to self-fund (buy) their way into office, but how successful are they?

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Candidates Actually Debate The Insidious Influence Of Money In Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The influence of money in politics was long treated as a side issue during the campaign season. But this year, in at least a half-dozen ...

The People v. Goliath$

Paula Gordon | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

If money can buy elections, Montana's Senate race ended August 7 when the Democrat's candidate resigned. If a vibrant young working class candidate can corral the democratic process sufficiently, it began August 16.

The Koch Brothers Don't Want You to Read This!

Steve Skrovan | Posted 10.14.2014 | Comedy
Steve Skrovan

For the last six weeks, my inbox has been jammed with "urgent" messages from various congressional candidates and progressive organizations. They use a number of tricks to get you to open the email.

WATCH: Restoring an America That Has Lost Its Way

Bill Moyers | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Author Bob Herbert found an America in which jobs have disappeared, infrastructure is falling apart and the "virtuous cycle" of well-paid workers spending their wages to power the economy has been broken by greed and the gap between the very rich and everyone else.

Nullify This - How Citizen-Jurors Can Take Back Our Republic

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Christopher Phillips

When we serve as jurors, we can literally take the law into our own hands. As Thomas Jefferson maintained, if citizen jurors "think the permanent judges are under any bias whatever in any cause," they can "take on themselves to judge the law as well as the fact."

Citizens United: The Campaign Finance Wrecking Ball

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Taylor Lincoln

The court claimed it struck down rules only on outside expenditures because of their supposed independent nature. That assumption, to borrow a phrase from the era that gave rise to our campaign finance system, is no longer operative.

Money, Politics and the American Public

Paul Herrnson | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

The influence of money in politics in general and campaigns in particular is a staple of op-ed writers, late-night comedians and armchair pundits. As another Federal Election Commission reporting deadline looms, how bad does the public really think the problem is -- and what are they willing to do about it?

Paul Blumenthal

Fishy Money Fuels Super PACs In Alaska Senate Race | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Outside super PACs have played a major role supporting Sen. Mark Begich (D) as he faces a tough re-election race against former Alaska N...

'This Is Your Country,' My #MayDayin30 Video

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

I believe that we can use the modern tools available to spread awareness and empower citizens, and that our collective stories can affect revolutionary reform. It is why I am committed to storytelling as a medium for activism, with citizen journalism today serving as oversight.

Citizens United and the Black Death

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics
Michael Rosenblum

We are always seeing interesting analogies between current events and history. The famous quote from George Santayana, that those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it, seems to prove itself true over and over again.

Big Money Looms Over Minnesota's Second District

Camille Galles | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Camille Galles

Obscene amounts of corporate spending fuel races for Congressmen who represent the interests of the corporations, not the people who elected them.

Months After Chemical Spill in West Virginia, Chemical Industry Pours Money Into Midterm Elections

Layne Amerikaner | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics
Layne Amerikaner

Everyday West Virginians can't afford to spend millions to influence their elections, but they deserve safe drinking water. They deserve, as do all Americans, legislators who will work for ordinary people rather than for wealthy special interests.

The Pay 2 Play Board Game, More Realistic Than Monopoly!

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Something about the game Monopoly seemed like the right metaphor for our priced-out political process -- perhaps because the player with the most money wins, just like in almost all elections.