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Citizens United v Federal Election Commission

New And Improved! The U.S. Corporate Charter

Johnny McNulty | Posted 11.30.2011 | Comedy
Johnny McNulty

2011-09-30-comedypost.jpgOur new Corporate-American brethren have demanded a new Constitution by the end of the week, and Congress (ever responsive to the needs of their best citizens) turned it around in less than a day.

Mike Sacks

Justice John Paul Stevens Talks Death Penalty, Citizens United, New Memoir

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens sat in his chambers Monday afternoon as his former colleagues -- and his successor, Justice Elen...

Dan Froomkin

IRS Denies Non-Profit Status To Three Political Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The IRS has denied non-profit status to three unnamed political organizations, setting off speculation about their identities -- and abo...

Justice Thomas Doesn't Ask Questions, But He Certainly Should Have Some Answers

Michael Keegan | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Justice Thomas needs to be open with the American people, all of whose lives are affected by Supreme Court decisions. He needs to tell us that he will recuse himself from any case that he appears to have a financial interest in.

The U.S. Chamber's Big Lie on Election Spending

David Arkush | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
David Arkush

According to the chamber, Obama wants disclosure of contractors' election spending to"retaliate" against groups whose political views the administration disfavors. In truth, the only people who don't know what's going on are the voters.

Impeach Clarence Thomas

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

If Mr. Justice Thomas takes allegations he committed perjury for 13 years seriously enough to defend himself before a recent Federalist Society dinner, then they're certainly serious enough to warrant formal investigation of said allegations.

Buy a TV Ad, Get a Tax Cut! The New Economy of Political Spending

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

In the House Republican budget proposal, large corporations that participated in the 2010 election are not being asked to give up a single tax loophole. This is not what American voters signed up for in 2010.

Amanda Terkel

Russ Feingold Launches New Project: 'Progressives United'

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When some senators retire, they decide to take lucrative lobbying jobs. Others go straight to Wall Street. But Wisconsin Democrat Russ ...

The Fight to Mitigate the Enormous Damage Done by the Citizens United Decision Must Continue

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Citizens United decision will not stand the test of time. It is built on a house of cards and will collapse in the future, hopefully sooner than later.

Citizens United v. United Citizens: Building a Movement to Drive Money Out of Politics

Gideon Rosenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gideon Rosenblatt

Dissatisfaction with our political system runs much broader than the progressive community, and it would be a huge mistake to frame the current threat to American democracy as a solely progressive issue.

The Fallacies of the Citizens United Decision

Robert Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Compare: Justice Kennedy, majority decision in Citizens United, January 21, 2010: With the advent of the Internet, prompt disclosure of expenditures...

Amanda Terkel

Supreme Court Takes Aim, Yet Again, At Campaign Finance Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed to hear a free speech challenge to Arizona's Clean Elections Law on Monday, a case that campaign finance reform...

Finally, an Issue We Can All Agree on: Campaign Finance Reform

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

How the midterm elections will turn out will be very interesting. But whatever the outcome, we can agree we want civility in D.C. And that means we need campaign finance reform and we need it now.

A Smoking Gun in Kentucky

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

A Kentucky businessman is bankrolling a campaign against the man who, as Kentucky Attorney General, is prosecuting his company for a sexual abuse cover-up. Could the problem with undisclosed spending in elections be more obvious?

The Corporate Money Denial Game

Michael Keegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Michael Steele dares us to produce evidence of massive corporate spending in elections, knowing that his party has done everything it can to hide that evidence.

Washington and Change: Cash You Can Believe In

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act has been eviscerated by the courts and what's left of it is barely enforced by the Federal Election Commission. The same goes for various provisions of the Federal tax code.

Congress Adjourns to Face the Music at Home

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Cutting and running 7 days early from their planned Oct. 8th departure, members of Congress fled the hot and toxic atmosphere on Capitol Hill and returned to face constituents in their home states for the midterm elections.

In The Public Interest : Money Changes Everything

Janet Domenitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Domenitz

It's a good bet that Cyndi Lauper was not anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court's actions when she sang "Money Changes Everything" back in 1984. But th...

Justice Suffers As Nominations Languish

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The vacancies on the federal bench continue to grow, resulting in a judicial system that is already overburdened coming to a grinding halt. The nation's courtrooms must not be left hostage to partisan bickering.

Undoing the Imperial Presidency: An Interview with David Swanson

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

David Swanson took a few minutes to sit down with OldSpeak to discuss his views on the emerging imperial presidency.

Clean Campaigns Colorado Initiative 53 -- Antidote to 'Big Money' Elections

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

A Colorado group of activists recently submitted Ballot Initiative #53, for voluntary candidate participation in public campaign funding.

Defend Democracy -- Make Companies Disclose Political Spending

Bill de Blasio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill de Blasio

The unparalleled level of anonymous influence permitted by Citizens United could jeopardize the passage of crucial banking reforms designed to rein in reckless Wall Street practices.

Obama Will Fight For New Campaign Finance Rules To Counter Citizens United

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday pressed Congress for swift action on measures to restrict political advertising by corporations ...

U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt's Contenders (VIDEO)

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Primary elections are a pivotal point in our democratic process. Supporting a candidate early on can make a real impact, as money and momentum are harder to come by before winning the nomination.

After Supreme Court Ruling, Time for a Campaign Finance Transplant Instead of More Band-Aids

Bob Kerrey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Kerrey

The DISCLOSE Act is good start at addressing the expected upsurge in independent political spending to influence elections, but may fall far short of addressing the source of the problem: direct special interest funding.