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Citizens United

Standing Strong for Free Speech: A Response to Geoffrey Stone

Ira Glasser | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Ira Glasser

Any reader unfamiliar with the ACLU's history and its leadership would be led by Geoffrey Stone's assertions to believe that the new leadership of the ACLU has come in and turned the ACLU's policy on campaign finance and free speech upside down. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

Money in Politics and the 'Real' Issues We Face

Marge Baker | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

Everyday Americans are connecting those dots. They see that their opinions and voices are increasingly being shut out of a system that is supposed to be of, by, and for them.

Asking the Right Questions on Citizens United

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

If Republicans want to defend the rights of corporations and billionaires to spend unlimited, secret money in campaigns, then they should say so. But they do not get a free pass to defend unlimited, secret political spending by sidestepping the question and pretending that Democrats are attacking our nation's First Amendment.

Chief Justice Roberts' Bait and Switch

Duncan Hosie | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Roberts' record is troubling in its own right. But it is even more troubling when contrasted with the promises he made to the Senate, and the American people, in his confirmation hearing.

Paul Blumenthal

Dark Money Groups That Spent Millions In 2012 Vanish In 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Iowa-based conservative nonprofit group American Future Fund released new advertisements nearly every week from the spring of 2012 t...

We Can Put An End to Pay to Play

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

What is Pay to Play? Commonly held, pay to play is a form of getting a special deal because you paid someone off.

Individual-Candidate Super PACs Threaten to Wipe Out Candidate Contribution Limits

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The real purpose of an individual-candidate Super PAC is to circumvent candidate contribution limits. Wealthy donors, corporations and other contributors use these Super PACs as vehicles to make unlimited contributions to directly support the candidate backed by the Super PAC.

Is There a Billionaire Cancellation Effect?

Robert Weissman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The Republicans have their billionaires, the Democrats have theirs. What's the big kerfuffle about campaign spending, right? Wrong.

Campaign Finance Reform: Making Gains on the State Level

Robert A. DeLeo | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Robert A. DeLeo

When voters go to the polls, they deserve as much information as possible in making decisions about our government. Unfortunately, self-determination, one of the rights we hold most dear is under assault by cloaked spending.

Fighting for Our Political Voice

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Money isn't speech and corporations aren't people. Most people get that. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, however, political contributions by corporations and the richest Americans actually are free speech and entitled to special protection. Even when they're made in secret.

Constitutional Amendment Would Help Save Our Planet

Robert Weissman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Robert Weissman

Dirty money in politics has enabled the fossil fuel industries to dirty our air and endanger our planet. With clean elections, we will, finally, drive forward the clean energy revolution.

The First Amendment, According to Mitch McConnell

Michael Keegan | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Faced with a large, bipartisan grassroots movement that threatens their big-spending friends, the only arguments that Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz have left are wild accusations, flat-out falsehoods, and outlandish interpretations of the Bill of Rights.

Candidates' Efforts to Block Unregulated Outside Spending Succeeds Again

Adam Crowther | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Adam Crowther

Though today's Democratic primary in Rhode Island's governor's race might not generate much national press attention, the race is significant as a case study of a way to stop the flood of unregulated outside money in the post-Citizens United era.

Paul Blumenthal

Is Washington The Only Place Where Campaign Finance Is A Partisan Issue?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Monday to debate a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and allowing ...

Michael McAuliff

Dems Ramp Up Dark Money Fight With Bid To Amend Constitution

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats took the first step to try and stem the flood of unregulated dark money that's swamped politics since 2010, with a firs...

'Nuns On The Bus' Aren't Afraid To Take On The Koch Brothers

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion

(RNS) This time it’s the Catholic sisters versus the Koch brothers. That’s one way to look at the upcoming “Nuns on the Bus” tour, which hi...

Welcome Back, Congress! Here Are 15 Issues Awaiting Your Return

Rachna Choudhry | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Rachna Choudhry

Here are 15 issues on their agenda. On your mark, get set, go!

Miles of Aisles of Dissent: There's an App for That!

Lester & Charlie | Posted 09.04.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Technology that promised to connect us has instead isolated us, driving us from diversity to safe, homogenized forums and Facebook fan pages.

Paul Blumenthal

It's Time To Name The 2014 Midterms The Dark Money Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If 2012 was the super PAC election, the 2014 midterms look to be the dark money election. Spending on ads that named federal candidates ...

Can the People's Climate March on September 21 Ignite a Political Revolution?

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

I hope that all of this suggests that we are arriving at a tipping point and are ready to do the hard work necessary to take back our democracy and our government.

Which Corporate Personality Are You: Market Basket or Hobby Lobby?

David M. Abromowitz | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
David M. Abromowitz

Will your company be one that recognizes a diversity of stakeholders to whom some responsibility is owed? Or one whose shareholders can impose their will on employees and others affected no matter what?

Why Campaign Finance Reform Is So Hard For The Left

Salon | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics

The biggest reason why it will be so hard to get money out of politics is that there’s so much money in politics...

Sen. McConnell Makes the Case

Miles Rapoport | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

Sen. Mitch McConnell, long known as a champion of big money in politics, has made a stunningly compelling case for a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress and the states to restore sensible limits on political spending. We appreciate his help and his clarity.

Secret McConnell Recording Shows Need for Money in Politics Reform

Marge Baker | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

Early this morning, The Nation published a leaked recording of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's remarks at a secret meeting of major conservative donors put together by the Koch brothers. At its core, this is a story about why we need to reform the way we finance elections.

Tough Choices Indeed -- For Everybody

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Terry Connelly

Three boxes sit on any policymaker's desk: "In," "Out" And "Too Hard." Comprehensive immigration reform typifies the kind of issue that inhabits the "Too Hard" box, where it has sat for many years. As is common to the "Too Hard" box, the need for a fix is glaringly obvious.