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Dan Froomkin

'Overwhelming Mass Of Money' May Swamp Congressional Races

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Political spending by deep-pocketed donors and cash-rich corporations threatens to sow chaos in this year's congressional races, politic...

Meet The Repo Man Backing Romney

Posted 03.15.2012 | Politics

By Marcus Stern Roderick Aycox is not nearly as well known as some of the hedge fund managers and Wall Street financiers giving large checks to...

Mister One Percent: Not Popular With Everyone In New York Either

Martin Zabell | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Martin Zabell

"I am endorsing Romney because we need to win," former New York senator Al D' AmatoD' Amato, said outside the Waldorf-Astoria today. "We need to get a new president." But the anti-Romney passion of protestors outside the hotel was significantly more enthusiastic than D' Amato's pro-Romney passion.

Sam Stein

Feel The Burn: 2012 Super PAC Mega-Donors Take Heat Of Political Spotlight

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Confronting the reality of big-moneyed donors writing million dollar checks on a whim, presidential campaigns and allied groups are reso...

Citizens United Decision Could Lead to Foreign Interests Influencing US Elections

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Citizens United created an environment in which it is perfectly legal for a shell non-profit corporation to engage in election-related spending on behalf of a hidden interest. And there is nothing to ensure that the hidden interest is not a foreign national, a foreign company or a foreign government.

Voters Want Super PACs Outlawed, Poll Finds

Benjamin Hart | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll found that super PACs, the political organizations that allow donors to contribute unlimited amounts of money in s...

As the Old Guard Liberals Exit Congress, a New Breed Must Take Their Place

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.13.2012 | Chicago
Pearl Korn

Who will pick up the mantle of this unabashed progressive voice in the House? Who will stand in Dennis Kucinich's place and demand that our government do the right thing by the People and the other nations of the world?

Matt Sledge

Super PAC Sugar Daddies Spread Campaign Contributions Around At State Level, Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics

Don't cry for the sugar daddies. Rick Santorum may be down and Rick Perry may be out, but the billionaires and millionaires who bet big on them have p...

Dan Froomkin

No More Secrets: Reform Groups Launch Attacks on Sneaky Corporate Donations

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- CEOs may think twice before making what they intend to be secret campaign donations from their corporate treasuries, now that a progress...

Proposed Michigan Amendment Would Require Corporations To Disclose Political Spending

The Huffington Post | David Sands | Posted 03.08.2012 | Detroit

Jocelyn Benson wants to bring greater transparency to political campaigns and lobbying efforts in Michigan, and the Wayne State law professor kicked o...

Why Republicans Weren't Excited on Super PAC Tuesday

Blair Bowie | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Blair Bowie

The equivalent of 0.000351% of the population of the United States (or just 35 of every 10 million Americans) has given 96% of the money determining who stays and who goes in the Republican primary.

Constitution Check: Did the Supreme Court Give Us Super PACs?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

In the midst of a lively political campaign, with big spending a big issue, even the media can get the Constitution wrong. There is a link, but it is only indirect, between the Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and the rise of super PACs.

It's Not Just Citizens United

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

For those who think that our election system is fundamentally on the wrong track, the only option is to amend the Constitution to allow Congress and the States to do what is necessary to restore some level of sanity to campaign finance rules.

Is the Dollar Mightier Than the Vote?

Scott Warren | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Scott Warren

If the 2012 election involves way too much money and way too little substance, we have no one but ourselves to blame.

Super Tuesday? More Like Super PAC Tuesday

Rep. John Sarbanes | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Rep. John Sarbanes

Today, voters in ten states will voice their preferences in the GOP's presidential nomination battle. But this year, the so-called Super Tuesday primary is shaping up to be just another act in the new blockbuster, Attack of the Super PACs.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Expands Corporate Human Rights Case, Avoids Corporate Liability Question

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

The Supreme Court on Monday afternoon took the unusual action of ordering reargument in the case heard last week that has been brought against a multi...

Vermont Takes The Lead In Corporate Personhood Fight

AP | By WILSON RING | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- A senator with socialist leanings was among the first. Then there was Jerry of Ben & Jerry's ice cream fame. Stephen Colbert has tw...

The Movement Against Citizens United Continues to Build

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Serious grassroots work is afoot in states and municipalities across the country working to build the movement to pass an amendment striking down the Citizens United decision

A New Look at Citizens United

Lyle Denniston | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Many observers have blamed the Court's January 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission for supposedly turning on the corporate money-in-politics spigot. But even some members of the Court are questioning anew whether that was a mistake.

Why America Needs Campaign Finance Reform Now

Kyle Victor | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Kyle Victor

To say that the eventual winner of the presidency will not be beholden to his mega-donors, and to their particular economic interests, borders on delusional. And this seriously threatens the ability of the president to act in the interests of the general public, which is worrisome.

Obama, Dems At Extreme Disadvantage

Politico | Ken Vogel | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

After spending $200 million trying to oust President George W. Bush in 2004, big liberal donors are hesitant to jump back into the outside money game,...

Attacks on Media Coverage of Citizens United's Pivotal Role in Rise of Super PACs Are Misguided and Wrong

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.01.2012 | Media
Fred Wertheimer

On Jan. 21, 2010, the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case struck down the ban on corporate spending in federal elections and opened Pandora's Bo...

Dan Froomkin

Big Donors To Mitt Romney's Super PAC Could Reap Many Dividends

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One thing's for certain about most of the biggest donors bankrolling the main pro-Mitt Romney super PAC: They are canny investors. Pr...

Lawrence Lessig on Campaign Finance Reform: Overturning Citizens United Isn't Enough

Corbin Hiar | Posted 04.30.2012 | Politics
Corbin Hiar

In contrast with many other campaign finance reformers, Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig believes fixing the U.S. election system will require more than just overturning the Citizens United ruling, which removed many restrictions on independent political spending.

Fixing Our Broken Government: Ending Corporate Personhood

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Mitt Romney may believe that corporations are people, but do the rest of us need a comedian like Stephen Colbert to remind us that only people are people?