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Citizens United

For the Roberts Court, Facts Are Malleable

Paul Gordon | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Government advocates have watched with dismay as the Supreme Court has systematically dismantled campaign finance laws, all while making it harder for individual Americans to secure their right to vote. This pattern isn't just the result of the conservative justices' misreading of the Constitution.

Golden Opportunity From the Golden State

Hans Johnson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Hans Johnson

It took cajoling for California to take a healthy step forward to help more people register to vote. It will take a chorus of community voices, now and in the weeks to come, to maximize the grassroots response and maintain the momentum.

If 'Money Shouts,' How Can Democracy Lower the Decibel Level So Both Sides Are Heard?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


David (47 percent) Corn debates Ron (not NJ's) Christie about the constitutional and political aspects of McCutcheon. Since the Roberts Court believes that money is more important than voting, how can pro-democracy advocates pursue the slogan, 'Money Out/ Voters In?'

Jason Linkins

Here Is Why You're Not Making It In America: Your Sunday Morning Conversation | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics

Is the United States a strong nation? There's a notion that it is, of course -- based mainly on the disruptive philosophical underpinnings upon which this country was established. But these are all really the fumes of nostalgia. What else is there? Well, we have the best fleet of aerial drone death-dealers in the world (for now). Certainly our fast-food accomplishments are second to none. And our Reality Teevee Industry remains one of the more successful and innovative welfare programs in the world, lifting individuals with no evident utility to the human race -- and who would quite likely be pushed into ditches to die in lesser nations -- into the warm embrace of the Fame Economy.

The War on Democracy: SCOTUS Weighs In

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The Republican plutocratic agenda couldn't work without millions of dollars in unrestricted conservative funding. Thanks to the Republican majority in the Supreme Court, all the barriers against big money and guarantees of political fairness are being dismantled.

A Solution to Citizens United

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

In the wake of Citizens United decision, and the more recent McCutcheon case, there has been lots of discussion about campaign finance reform and the ...

Heeeeere's Johnnie

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The question this week is why Chief Justice John Roberts did not insert any smiley faces in his opinion in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. It is obvious to any reader of the opinion that he was having a good time writing that opinion.

Taxation Without Representation 2014

Courtney McKinney | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

I know it does not bode well that at 24 I am this jaded about the political process. I have had enough of politicians not listening to me and the rest of us while they continue to act as they please.

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.

Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The State Department wants $400,000 to purchase a fiberglass sculpture of a camel looking at a needle for its new embassy in Pakistan. They've already...

'With Liberty and Justice for All' -- Our Democracy on the Brink

Pearl Korn | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

We must rid our government of obstructionists, who are in the pocket of the 1 percent, and we must increase the numbers of true Progressives who will fight to pass an amendment to overturn McCutcheon and Citizens United decision and go to public funding of campaigns at every level of government.

McCutcheon Lays Groundwork for Ruination of Democracy

David Earley | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
David Earley

With McCutcheon, the Supreme Court laid the groundwork for eliminating the remaining "remnant" of our campaign finance laws in two specific ways.

George W. Bush's Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow for the .01 Percent

Jason Sattler | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

In exchange for helping Bush win the presidency, Scalia got two justices even more eager than himself to gnaw away at the ability of the government to temper the power of monied interests.

Beyond McCutcheon: Deeper Questions Demand Raising

Danny Schechter | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

Everyone's taking about the Supreme Court's perfectly predictable "Citizens United 2" McCutcheon decision. It's what we are not talking about that worries me.

Dropping the Second Shoe on Election Spending

Frank Askin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Frank Askin

On Wednesday the five-man U.S. Supreme Court majority dropped the second shoe hard on the notion of political democracy. The first shoe was dropped four years ago in the Citizens United case.

Supreme Court Right-Wingers Poison Majority-Rule Democracy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Squelching political corruption was the purpose of the campaign spending finance laws that the right-wing justices gutted. The spending limits shrank billionaires' ability buy politicians.

Will Civilization Collapse, or Evolve?

Richard Steiner | Posted 04.04.2014 | Green
Richard Steiner

What is now at risk is the functional integrity of the only biosphere we know, and the very continuation of civilization. And yet, we seem numb to this unprecedented threat. Will modern civilization evolve to become egalitarian and sustainable, or collapse?

A God Who Hates Bribes: A Religious Response to the McCutcheon Ruling

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

The impact of this phenomenon on politics and on our society is the same as bribery's. To argue otherwise reflects either a profound naïveté or the total divorcement of law from real life.

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.

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.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

Taylor Lincoln | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Taylor Lincoln

The standard for corruption has been raised so high that it applies only in the case of a literal trade of a contribution for something in return. In reality, corruption exists on a continuum, and there are levels of corruption far short of quid pro quo exchanges that justify campaign finance laws.

The McCutcheon Decision: Great for the Super-Rich, Bad for Everyone Else

Marge Baker | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

Shaun McCutcheon, the wealthy plaintiff in the case bearing his name, can hardly wait to seize that influence. When asked yesterday if he'll be spending more than he did in previous cycles now that the limits are struck down, McCutcheon couldn't hide his eagerness: "Oh, absolutely. Yeah, I'm well on the way to meeting [the old limits] already, so certainly I will now. Absolutely." McCutcheon's excitement betrays what this case was really about all along: giving the wealthy an even larger megaphone in our democracy. The "free speech" ostensibly being protected in this case wasn't the right of you and I to be heard, but the "right" of the wealthy to drown out everyone else's voices with their multimillion-dollar amplifiers.

Making Waves Across Our Nation and the World

Jacob Devaney | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

Our Supreme Court has decided that money is free speech, yet money is not free. Our elected and appointed officials have decided to use their public office to represent private interests dishonoring the integrity of the seats they hold.

At Last! Victory For the Old System! America Takes Another Step Toward Monarchy!

Matthew Chapman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

As an Englishman I'd like to congratulate the Supreme Court of the United States for bringing America one step closer to monarchy.