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Citizens United

Romney, the Senate GOP and the Right-Wing Secrecy Machine

Michael Keegan | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Yesterday, Senate Republicans voted, for a second time in two days, to continue their filibuster of the DISCLOSE Act, a bill that would simply require outside groups spending money on elections to tell the public where their money comes from. At the same time, not surprisingly, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in hot water for failing to disclose more than the minimum of personal tax returns and seemingly lying about his history at the company that made his fortune -- all while we know that a portion of his wealth was hidden in infamously secretive Swiss bank accounts. Senate Republicans and Romney are spending a lot of time and energy this week to keep their financial histories secret. It's only natural to ask: What do they have to hide?

Make 'Em Pay

Jim Worth | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

A message must also be sent to Rove, the Kochs, Romney and the Supreme Court that we are not for sale. This should start by telling Congress that the DISCLOSE Act is a necessary first step to preserving our democracy and the integrity of our elections.

How Much Has Citizens United Changed The Political Game?

The New York Times | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics

The reason for this exponential leap in political spending, if you talk to most Democrats or read most news reports, comes down to two words: Citizens...

Fair Elections for NY: Make It There, It'll Make It Anywhere

Jonathan Backer | Posted 07.17.2012 | New York
Jonathan Backer

As Lawrence Lessig says, "It is as if America ran two elections every cycle, one a money election and one a voting election. To get to the second, you need to win the first. But to win the first, you must keep that tiniest fraction of the one percent happy."

Senate GOP Blocks Bill To Curb Citizens United Excesses Again

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the second straight day Republicans have stopped the Senate from taking up legislation that would require outside groups spending hu...

'A Serious Threat': City Officials Take On Citizens United Ruling

Aaron Sankin | Posted 07.17.2012 | San Francisco

Legislators in San Francisco are taking aim at the role of corporations in American politics with a new bill that would make it official city policy t...

The People's Testimony

Melissa Mark-Viverito | Posted 07.17.2012 | New York
Melissa Mark-Viverito

Citizens United v. FEC equated corporate political contributions with freedom of speech, opening the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending to influence elections.

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans Filibuster Post-Citizens United Transparency Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans blocked a bill Monday evening to increase transparency in campaign spending by independent groups. In a 51-44 vote...

Could Citizens United Be Good For Marriage Equality?

Jackie Gardina | Posted 09.15.2012 | Gay Voices
Jackie Gardina

As corporations increasingly seek consumer dollars through gay-friendly advertising and diversity initiatives, they should use those dollars to support equality legislation and the candidates who support such initiatives.

These Senators Were for Disclosure Before They Were Against It

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Several Republican senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), the DISCLOSE Act's most ardent opponent, have spoken in favor of disclosure in the past.

Fourteen Current Republican Senators Voted for Loophole-Closing Disclosure Legislation Enacted in 2000

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Today's cloture vote on the DISCLOSE Act will put every Senator on record and will require each Senator who votes against the Act to take personal responsibility for the corruption and scandal that invariably will follow if new disclosure legislation is not enacted.

Putting an End to Secret Campaign Contributions

Al Franken | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Al Franken

The DISCLOSE Act doesn't limit how much money individuals or corporations can spend on independent expenditures. All it does is require that this spending be disclosed publicly.

The DISCLOSE Act and the Public's Right to Know

Bob Edgar | Posted 09.13.2012 | Politics
Bob Edgar

Before every election, Americans are exposed to thousands of political messages. Information about who is paying for all that speech is vital to our ability to assess it and make decisions about which candidates we want to support.

The Selling of American Democracy: The Perfect Storm

Robert Reich | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Who's buying our democracy? Wall Street financiers, the Koch brothers, and casino magnates Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn. And they're doing much of it in secret. It's a perfect storm.

Democratic Super PAC Triples Up

Reuters | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics

By Alina Selyukh WASHINGTON, July 12 (Reuters) - Majority PAC, a "Super PAC" helping Democrats fight for seats in the U.S. Senate, sai...

Super Lesbian PAC

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The more PACs the better, from anywhere on the political spectrum. Just because the game is rigged doesn't mean it isn't worth the effort to play.

Misleading Data on Outside Spending

Jonathan Backer | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

there are no winners or losers in the outside spending race to the bottom. Everyone loses when our democracy is damaged by the outsized role of unlimited, undisclosed spending, no matter the ideology of the spender.

Jason Linkins

The Wall Street Journal Is Awestruck By Labor Unions' Campaign Finance Activities, For Some Reason

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prevailed in this year's recall election, there can't have been too many people who were left with the impression th...

RNC Lawsuit Challenging Contribution Limit Would Open Door to Corrupting Million Dollar Party Contributions

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

There is little doubt that million dollar contributions would be solicited and given if the aggregate contribution limit is removed. History makes clear that when it comes to raising and spending political money, what can be done will be done.

Auctioning Off Democracy

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 09.08.2012 | Business
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

The Supreme Court has ruled. But, in a democracy, citizens rule. We can do that by working with and through responsible elected officials who are committed to reclaiming America for the electorate rather than the elite.

Are We Now a One-Party System?

Pearl Korn | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

The Progressive Republican Party of Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln is long dead and buried. For the past 40 years, their crude replacements have conducted an unrelenting assault on our nation's democracy, values, humanity and rights.

WATCH: The Cowardly Lions of 'Free Speech'

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Conservatives across the country are fighting legal battles to keep their sugar daddies secret. Why? The right wing opposes disclosure laws because the super-rich just might be bullied and harassed by the rest of us who want to know who's buying our elections.

Game of Robes: Why Conservatives May Ultimately Praise the Roberts Switch on Health Care Reform

Ray Brescia | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Ray Brescia

Shifting alliances, unclear loyalties, palace intrigue, broken vows, poisonous edicts and bitter rivals: just when you think you've got it all figured out, someone switches sides and victory is grabbed from the clutches of defeat.

Anna Almendrala

'Nothing To Gain And Everything To Lose'

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 07.07.2012 | Los Angeles

One of the largest states in the nation took an official stand Thursday against the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Electi...

WATCH: It's Raining Dollar Bills In Downtown Seattle

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 07.05.2012 | Money

The money that seemingly fell from the sky like confetti over downtown Seattle on Wednesday wasn't an Independence Day gift from our forefathers. ...