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Citizens United

Kate Sheppard

Big Greens Spending Big Green In 2014 Midterms | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- First there was a pickup truck. Then there was an ark. The vehicle of choice for drawing attention to the NextGen Climate Action Comm...

Sanders Slams 'Pathetic' Dem Strategy

Salon | Thomas Frank | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

Senator Bernie Sanders sits down with Salon to talk inequality, the GOP, and whether or not he'll run for president....

Ginsburg Singles Out The Current Supreme Court's Worst Ruling

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg expressed her extreme regret over several of the current Court's rulings in a wide-ranging interview publish...

What the Media Doesn't Want you to Know about Money in Politics

Ben Cohen  | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

While the media has skirted this pressing matter, organizers everywhere are trying to put a kibosh on obscene sums of money winning elections.

Jason Linkins

Turd Polish Futures Up 300 Percent On News That 2014 Midterm Election Is Happening | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

Spend any time reading the people whose job it is to assign heady unified field theorems to election years, and you will hear sad variations on a dull...

What's Next for Campaign Finance Reform?

Meredith McGehee | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

While it would be nice to be able to wave a magic wand or pass a sweeping bill to fix the system, it's just not going to happen. Now is the time for determined and steadfast battles on several fronts.

Three Years Later, What Has Come of Occupy Wall Street?

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

"WE ARE THE 99%" became the rallying cry of a generation. The simplicity and inclusivity was said to be worthy of Madison Avenue. At once the conversation had shifted, and in that discourse, a word started coming up that used to seem unspeakable: class.

Paige Lavender

Nancy Pelosi Had A Pretty Simple Response To Ted Cruz's Bizarre 'SNL' Claim | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had a pretty simple response to to Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) claim that a proposed constitutional amendm...

Nearly Every Generation Has Amended the Constitution to Help Expand Democracy. Now It's Our Turn.

Matthew Segal | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Matthew Segal

Now it's our generation's turn to address perhaps the most important issue of our time -- restoring government of, by, and for the people, not bought, paid, or sold to special interests.

If Money Is Speech and Speech Is Freedom...

Bob Seay | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Bob Seay

Free speech cannot exist when those without money are shut out of the conversation. Democracy, in political ads and on media websites, requires a diversity of legitimate ideas, not simply the repetition of the same biases and misinformation.

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 | 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? | 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 | 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...