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Citizens United

Art Pope and the Corporate Takeover of Democracy

Chris Kromm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Kromm

While lacking big-time name recognition, Art Pope the North Carolina retail magnate and former state legislator has quietly built a smaller but formidable Koch-like political apparatus that's rapidly growing beyond his home state.

Out Of Line: Supreme Right

Mort Gerberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mort Gerberg

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Our Rinky Dink Scandal Culture

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Glenn Hurowitz

A WSJ story on the stocks held by the staff of some members of Congress is journalism based on the notion that every database deserves its own sensationalistic expose -- even when the information in the database is relatively ho-hum.

Stop the Anonymous Hit Men: Make Shadowy Campaign Money the Issue

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Loeb

Frustrated as voters are with the state of America, including with the Democrats' own frequent capitulation to corporate interests, most still don't want our government to become the wholly owned corporate property.

We Are #1! #1 in Right-Wing Attacks Against Us!

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

(a) "Conservative outside groups" have now spent more than $9 million "slamming vulnerable House Democrats," and (B) the total against me will reach ...

Repubs Winning, Dems Whining

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

The Right's genius for manipulating people's sense of grievance, combined with liberals' weak brew of tepid policy proposals, leads voters to cast their ballots against their own economic interests.

Howard Dean as John the Baptist and Other Big Ideas at the Little Idea

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Andrea Chalupa

Ari Berman does a wonderful thing in his new book Herding Donkeys -- he investigates how common sense usurped power in Washington.

Guess Who Could Be Funding Those Attack Ads

Wendy Block | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wendy Block

The Citizens United decision doesn't address the homeland of donors. So what would stop multi-national companies or even foreigners themselves from procuring potential winners?

About the Foreign Cash in the Chamber's Campaign Stash

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karl Frisch

Imagine for a moment if a group like the right-wing reviled though now defunct community group ACORN had been caught receiving money from Middle Eastern corporations in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

When Spending Sprees Go Awry

Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carly Schwartz

Campaign finance disclosures dropped yesterday, and not surprisingly, Meg Whitman's ever-growing tower of millions in her bid to buy the California governorship has gotten even higher.

Foreign-Funded Attack Ads or Quieter Potato Chip Bags: The Corporate Media Decides

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Stu Kreisman

American elections decided by foreign interests or noisy potato chip bags. Hey, it's a no-brainer, babe. Everybody eats potato chips. Another proud moment for our corporate media.

Calling on the IRS to Investigate Crossroads GPS' Tax Status

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

If Crossroads GPS is improperly operating as a 501(c)(4), the IRS has an obligation to take action to protect the credibility of the tax laws and the right of the public to know who is providing money to influence their votes.

Making Ends Meet in Coin-Operated Washington

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

For if Boston is the home of the bean and the cod, as the poet once said, then surely Washington is the home of the scheme and the fraud.

Dick Morris Movie

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Campaign Finance Reform: Bite the Hand That Feeds You

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kyle Shamberg

Until we address the lingering problem of campaign finance, change in other important areas will continue to be hamstrung by the donors whose interests are best served by the current status quo.

Ads Infinitum: Countering the Citizens United Plague

Ellis Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ellis Weiner

Following the Citizens United decision, the funding for negative political ads can more easily be disguised by anodyne-sounding organizational names. The implications of this plague are grim.

A Serious Danger to Effective Self-Government

Steve Cobble | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Cobble

As the U.S. Supreme Court opened a new session today, more than 50 leading lawyers--former Attorneys General, prosecutors, and constitutional scholars...

Fighting Bob & Loathsome Joe

Paula Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Republicans are channelling Joe McCarthy for politics and profit. What if Joe McCarthy had never been Senator? It didn't have to happen. After all,...

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.

Letter to a Smug Man

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Jacobson

Our democratic process is drowning in an overwhelming tidal wave of anonymous money -- from where? CEOs? Bidders on government contracts? Firms regulated by the government? Drug cartels?

Goldman Sachs Promises Not To Fund Political Ads After Citizens United Ruling

The New York Times | JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Facing pressure from critics of Wall Street to limit its role in elections, Goldman Sachs has pledged not to spend any of its vast corporate reserves ...

Amanda Terkel

Democrats Urge Caucus To Confront Shadowy Independent Groups | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With additional reporting by Lucia Graves Democrats may be launching a new offensive against the secretive independent expenditure groups that are sp...

Press Conference Drives Reform Message

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

This is exactly the kind of message we need to be driving as part of a larger campaign in these elections -- that change has not come to Washington because corporations have been too big a part of the roadblocks.

Supreme Court To Decide Whether Corporations, Like Individuals, Have Privacy Rights

The Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case early next year that will impact whether corporations are able to prevent the government from publicly rel...

Corporate Candidate Says: We Are the Fear Stephen Colbert Warned You About!

Murray Hill Inc. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Hill Inc.

Today, Murray Hill Inc., the first corporation to run for congress, announces it is running ads on Ohio and Delaware radio stations in support of two of the many stalwart defenders of corporate hegemony now running for office.