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Citizens United

Four Years Later, Super PACs Still Misunderstood

Center for Public Integrity | Marcelo Rochabrun | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics

By Marcelo Rochabrun Center for Public Integrity This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, non...

Cleaning Up the Supreme Court's Democracy Mess

Michael Keegan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The Supreme Court has made some very bad calls when it comes to protecting the rights of all Americans to participate meaningfully in our political system. But Justice Ginsburg is right: These wrong-headed decisions shouldn't have staying power. And if the American people have anything to do with it, they won't.

Paul Blumenthal

The Investigation Into Scott Walker Could Be Way, Way Bigger Than Scott Walker

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An investigation targeting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) for alleged illegal coordination with independent conservative groups during ...

Michael McAuliff

Democrats Launch New Bid To Unmask Secret Campaign Donors

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats announced a new effort Tuesday to unmask secretive election spending, floating a bill that would require so-called dark...

California Lawmakers Back Amendment Overturning Citizens United

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

California's state Senate voted Monday in favor of amending the U.S. Constitution to curb the influence of money in politics. Assembly Joint Resolu...

Paul Blumenthal

Citizens United Reduces Lawmakers To 'Bit Players In Their Own Campaigns'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new report from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law sheds light on how the millions in independent spending unleashed by t...

Americans Can Do Anything

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The majority of Americans want the minimum wage raised, unemployment insurance extended, Social Security protected, and infrastructure like highways improved, but that's not what Congress is doing. Instead, it is slashing the budget in ways that the majority hates, including cutting food stamps and preserving tax breaks for corporations.

Paul Blumenthal

Billionaire's Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a $2.5 million contribution to Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Chicago-based hedge fund executive Ken Gri...

Money Isn't Everything

Dan Glickman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

To see a candidate taking on an incumbent with an astronomical cash advantage, running on a platform in part opposed to money's influence in the political system, and win is an amazing thing in this day and age. Maybe this is the beginning of a trend in both parties.

State Sen. Downing Pioneers a Fossil Fuel Divestment Strategy for MA Pension Fund

Stacy Clark | Posted 08.11.2014 | Green
Stacy Clark

You've read the headlines. Whether it's the exponential melt of glaciers, declining crop yields, loss of biodiversity, super-storms powered by warming oceans, or the increasing vulnerability of drinking water supplies to contamination, we are living well beyond our means.

Paul Blumenthal

Senators Trade Barbs Over Billionaires, Banned Books In Campaign Finance Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans' opposing views on money in politics came into sharp focus Tuesday during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing...

Michael McAuliff

Ted Cruz Hammers 'Fahrenheit 451 Democrats'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) criticized the push for a constitutional amendment on regulating campaign cash Tuesday, deriding "Fahrenheit 451...

Today's Hearing: A Historic Step Forward to Re-Establishing People's Authority to Curb Campaign Spending

Robert Weissman | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Today's hearing is a historic step forward to adopting the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. That amendment will help restore the most basic understanding of democracy: that the people -- not the corporations, not the plutocrats -- rule.

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid: I Felt 'Unclean'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Arguing for a constitutional amendment to bar unlimited spending in politics, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the flood of unregu...

Meet Hans von Spakovsky, the Face of the Right-Wing Defense of Citizens United

Michael Keegan | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

If you need proof of the relationship between voter suppression and big money in politics, look no further than today's Heritage Foundation panel starring Hans von Spakovsky.

Reconciling Maya Angelou's Legacy With Her Support of Clarence Thomas

Phillip Martin | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Phillip Martin

The death of American poet Maya Angelou has been greeted with both grief and accolades for her contributions to the American literary canon. But it also has stirred memories of her early support for a controversial man, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

Koppell Versus Klein: A State Senate Race With National Implications for Democrats and Progressives

Pearl Korn | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

One primary of note is in a State Senate race here in New York, and it has already attracted national attention, as well as mine, as it involves my State Senate district. This race is, in many ways, a microcosm of what is wrong with our political process nationally.

Immigration On The Concert Stage, Silver Screen & In The Legislature: Calle 13 @ Coachella, The Undocumented, How Democracy Works Now + Mercedes Sosa's Final Recording Session

Michael Vazquez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

Herewith, a legend's final studio recording, a great day at Coachella, notes on heroic forensics and a decade and a half of failed immigration legisla...

Paul Blumenthal

Republicans File Suit To End McCain-Feingold Reform Law, Raise Unlimited Funds

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican National Committee and the Louisiana Republican Party filed suit in federal court Friday to overturn the decadeslong ban ...

In Defense of Student Commencement Protests

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 07.21.2014 | College
Leonard Steinhorn

These students are being told to swallow their concerns, sit on their hands, and silence their protests all in the name of free speech. Perhaps if they had money, their voice would be welcome.

Exposing the Koch Brothers and the Price We All Pay

Robert Greenwald | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

If there can be such a thing as a typical American billionaire, David H. and Charles G. Koch do not fit that bill. They are not just among the richest Americans -- $100 billion and counting. They are deeply political libertarian industrialists.

If Corporations Are People, Why Aren't Their Executives Treated as Such When They Break the Law?

David Fagin | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
David Fagin

You gotta love this country. If nothing else, we're original. One on hand, the Supreme Court declares that, yes indeed, a corporation is, in fact, a ...

The Injustices of the Justices: Supreme Court Style

Gerry Myers | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Gerry Myers

Throughout history, there have been controversies over various Supreme Court rulings, but like most Americans, I didn't really pay much attention to m...

Friday Talking Points -- Brain Damage

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Karl Rove successfully manipulated the entire news media this week. Rove's specialty is to take what could be considered a reasonable idea, and then twist it beyond recognition while dragging it through the swampiest mud he can dream up.

Igor Bobic

Harry Reid Proposes Changing Constitution To Block The Koch Brothers

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday called for amending the U.S. Constitution to bar big money donors from having an ...