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Citizens United

Paul Blumenthal

Here's Where Campaign Finance Reform May Move Ahead As Congress Dithers

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly five years after the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United altered the landscape for money in politics, Congress has done not...

Our Democracy Is Dying

Marianne Williamson | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Marianne Williamson

In case anybody hasn't noticed, democracy in America is dying now. This isn't an overstatement; it's a fact. Corporate interests dominate our politics so much at this point that our government, for all intents and purposes, is merely its handmaiden. Whatever Wall Street wants, Wall Street gets. Corporatism is the new order of the day.

This is Exactly What Pay-2-Play Looks Like

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Politicians love to get in front of a parade that is already underway. Let's make that parade. Let's make the fight to #GetMoneyOut cool. I can't help but view this naked grab at money as a conscious last mouth-stuffing, because they know their time is coming to an end.

Ironically, the Group Citizens United Opposes New Campaign Spending Increases

John A. Tures | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

If conservatives really want citizens in control or prefer to reduce the power and influence of a few individuals and groups, they could team up with liberals who have pushed this for years.

Tell Congress to Reject Deal Allowing Rich to Buy More Elections

Erik Ose | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

Not content with the loosened campaign finance rules made possible by Citizens United, the GOP is attempting to pass a stealth provision that would open the big money floodgates even further.

Delays Plague Hillary Clinton's State Department Files

AP | By STEPHEN BRAUN | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has failed to turn over government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state t...

The Second Civil Rights Movement

Michael Yaki | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Michael Yaki

A Second Civil Rights Movement can bring together millions of Americans in unison to protest the inequities that not only divide our society, but are creating deeper, possibly insurmountable rifts in our national fabric.

The Wall Street Journal Endorses Campaign Finance Reform... Inadvertently.

Mitch Rofsky | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Mitch Rofsky

So, WSJ, welcome to the fight to clean up our political system. Ready to support campaign finance reform? Or is it only OK when conservative officeholders are purchased?

The Broken Promises of Citizens United

Duncan Hosie | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Conservatives on the Court vowed that Citizens United would strengthen American democracy. They were wrong. Five years later, their promises stand in stark contrast to the world we live in today.

Dividing the Spoils

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The framers debated the meaning of corruption at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and Americans have been arguing about it ever since. Today, gifts to politicians that were once called graft or bribes are called contributions.

Activist Comics: Constitutional Amendment

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.22.2014 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

It might seem radical to have a Constitutional Convention over something like Super PACs, the unenforceable slush funds that have flourished as the latest billionaire accessory. But you know what is even crazier? Passing a Constitutional Amendment BANNING ALCOHOL.

Paul Blumenthal

Zephyr Teachout Keeps Preaching 'We Can Actually Do Something' About Corruption

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this year, Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout emerged as a political star among progressives when she challenged New York Gov...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Used Twitter, Too, To Coordinate With Outside Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican Party committees and outside groups shared polling data over Twitter during the 2014 elections, according to a CNN report on ...

A Call to Arms

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Never has the foundational constitutional principle of one person, one vote been so undermined by a Supreme Court majority that apparently believes money is king.

Activist Comics: Disclosure

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.18.2014 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

After $145 million of anonymous spending in the midterm elections, the American public remains none the wiser as to who not only wanted to spend fortunes influencing politics, but needed to do it without exposing their identities and their motives.

Americans Don't Support the Republican Agenda

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The best thing Republicans had going for them in this election was the fact that they weren't in the same party as President Obama. But it would be a huge mistake for them to act as though this was an endorsement of their policies -- a mistake they seem likely to make. A mistake that seems destined to be part of the 2016 Republican autopsy.

Activist Comics: Free Airtime for Candidates

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

It would be in the public interest to re-examine the hundreds of millions spent on buying TV time, considering that those TV airwaves are already the public's.

SiX Could Be the Answer to ALEC

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization seems to be their first innovation. But I shouldn't get snarky about their branding, because the basic idea is a good one: counterbalance the impressive inroads Republicans have made in state legislatures.

Is Big Money Being Used to Bully Judges?

Ben Cohen  | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

When corporations with a private agenda can selectively barrage our airwaves with attack ads, they can shape the national conversation, destroy reputations or curry favor with politicians. They can even influence our judiciary system.

How the Lame Ducks Can Strike Back

Al Lewis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Al Lewis

The lame duck session gives ousted legislators a chance to do something they dare not have done before the election: propose legislation that actually benefits constituents even if it means upsetting contributors.

2014 Election Confirms Citizens United Decision Based on Fundamentally Flawed Premises

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Court majority in Citizens United explicitly based its misguided decision on two grounds: campaign expenditures by outside groups would be made independently from candidates and full disclosure of the campaign activities would provide accountability to citizens and shareholders. Neither has happened.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Gary Hart | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Gary Hart

Regardless of one's party, serious citizens concerned for our country's future should be thinking seriously about where our politics are headed, not just left or right but forward or backward.

Crowdsource Your Remote and Save Democracy

Mark Boslough | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
Mark Boslough

I know there are many gifted app programmers who care about the future of our democracy. I won't write the specifications for you, but I would also like to be able to adjust the settings. Can I pre-select something to appear on my screen during the ad?

The Wool Over Our Eyes

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

No one likes having the wool pulled over their eyes. Now imagine wealthy CEOs hiring millions of knitters to blanket your entire city with a massive wool sweater, soaked in gasoline. That's what dark money is.

On Money in Politics, 2014 Shows What's Wrong -- and What's Right

Marge Baker | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

The most enduring "winners" in the midterms may be the wealthy interests that bankrolled their candidates of choice and can now expect to have the ears of their chosen representatives. But importantly, it's not all bad news on the money in politics front.