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Citizens United

Paul Blumenthal

The Supreme Court Has Struck Down Overall Campaign Contribution Limits | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the aggregate campaign contribution limits, thereby opening the door to even more money in th...

Time to Take a Stand Against Money in Politics

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

That the Supreme Court even decided to hear the case over whether aggregate campaign contributions should be limited to "only" $123,600 indicates that the Roberts Court is poised to exacerbate the problem of money in politics.

Wall Street Should Disclose Its Think Tank Contributions

Sen. Elizabeth Warren | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Wall Street banks have the right to express their views to lawmakers and regulators through lobbying, but the law is clear: If they want to influence lawmakers, they must disclose their lobbying expenditures.

The Religious Beliefs of Corporations

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 05.31.2014 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

The Supreme Court decision about the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a ObamaCare) found that the individual mandate to have health insurance is a tax, which congress has the power to impose. It is not a stretch to look at the employer mandate as a tax as well.

Paul Blumenthal

Bombshell Corruption Case Shines Merciless Light On How Politicians Raise Money | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- California state Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat running for secretary of state, was arrested March 26 as part of a wide-ranging federal inv...

A Response to the Koch Brothers Claim of Entitlement to Anonymous Political Giving

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Koch brothers' enormous wealth does not entitle them to any special treatment when it comes to the right of the American people to know about political money being spent to influence federal elections.

Corporations Are Not Persons -- Never Were and Never Can Be

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

Here's a newsflash for the Roberts Court: Corporations are not persons. Like a legal Frankenstein unleashed, the conferral of personal rights upon the artificial person of a corporation undermines the rights themselves.

Repairing Democracy

Rep. Jared Huffman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jared Huffman

We believe there are several reforms needed to fight back against the scourge of unlimited and secretive campaign spending, bring transparency and accountability to the system, and, more importantly, support a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

Bernie Sanders: Citizens United Is Creating An 'Oligarchic Form Of Society'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Bach | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) spoke out against the rise of the wealthy in United States politics from the Senate floor Thursday, saying the rise of the...

Chomsky on McCutcheon: 'Let's Forget Any Pretense of Being a Democratic Society'

Abel Collins | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Abel Collins

Imagine David and Charles Koch or George Soros stepping into any political race and directly showering their pet candidate with however much money it will take them to win. The result would be an assortment of politicians utterly enthralled by the ultra wealthy

Ready for Hillary Courts Super PAC Skeptics

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

Like other super PACs, Ready for Hillary can trace its origins to the U.S. Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision in 2010, which helped paved the way for political action committees to raise unlimited sums of money to call for the election or defeat of candidates.

The New Billionaire Political Bosses

Robert Reich | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

In using their vast wealth to change those rules and laws in order to fit their political views, the Koch brothers are undermining our democracy. That's a betrayal of the most precious thing Americans share.

Mike Sacks

The Long, Corrupt History Of The Corporate Person | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Court today heard the case of Hobby Lobby, Inc., a company owned by Christians who argued that requiring it to follow health care laws wit...

The Middle Class Is Totally Hosed

Arthur Fox | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Arthur Fox

What most of us fail to recognize is that the gulf between the very rich and the rest of us will almost certainly continue to get worse, a lot worse! Most importantly, it may be too late to do much about it.

Watch: Who's Buying our Midterm Elections?

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Already, three times as much money has been raised for this year's elections as four years ago, when the Citizens United decision was announced.

Directly Destroying Democracy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The rich can buy more of everything. More food. More cars. More houses. More vacations. More boats. But for a democracy to function properly, they should be forbidden from buying more votes.

Kathleen Miles

This Chart Shows How Little We Really Know About Where Political Money Comes From | Kathleen Miles | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics

More and more money is going into U.S. elections without any disclosure of where it's coming from. Spending by “dark money” groups -- organizat...

2014 Is a Critical Year of Elections -- Its Importance Cannot Be Overstated

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

It is hard to imagine a more critical moment for an engaged citizenry to show up in great numbers and exercise one of our few remaining -- and rapidly eroding -- rights: the right to vote.

The Koch Prerogative

Richard Klass | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Richard Klass

This is what this great nation has sunk to. What counts is cash. Cash buys votes and candidates. And candidates are pimps for those who have achieved power without any responsibility to use it for the public good.

Paul Blumenthal

Koch Brothers Are Outspent By A Labor Force Millions Of Times Their Size, But... | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Senate Democrats build campaign attacks tying the political agenda of Charles and David Koch to Republican candidates, conservatives...

Sam Stein

Obama Aides Say He's Not Embracing Super PACs By Appearing At 2 Super PAC Events | Sam Stein | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senior Obama administration officials confirmed on Thursday that President Barack Obama would be appearing at two super PAC events this ...

Veterans Celebrate the Constitution in St. Patrick's Day Parade

Jacob Devaney | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Jacob Devaney

Obviously our politicians can not serve both the interests of the public and corporations simultaneously -- that would be impossible. So the question naturally arises, "Who do our politicians serve? The people or the corporations who purchased their campaign?"

Amanda Terkel

Lawmakers More Likely To Meet With Campaign Donors Than Constituents, New Study Finds | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In its famous Citizens United decision in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to big spending by outside groups, rejecting the ...

Paul Blumenthal

Activist Aims To Fight Money In Politics From Within | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the past 18 years, Derek Cressman has fought to curb the power of big money in elections while working for the reform groups U.S. PI...

Another Citizens United

Alex Palombo | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Alex Palombo

With the latest campaign finance case, McCutcheon v. FEC, the rich might have even more power headed their way.