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Paul Blumenthal

Where Campaign Finance Reformers Actually Won On Election Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Midterm voters boosted Republican power in Arkansas by electing all Republicans to statewide office, enhancing the party's control of th...

Enough Already

Paula Gordon | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

At the end of a campaign, we should know more about our country, our fellow citizens and those who want to represent us. Instead we are awash in malicious advertising and name-calling.

Why We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Ron Fein | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Ron Fein

Who do you think politicians are more responsive to: (A) ordinary voters, or (B) rich funders? If you chose option B, you'd be right. But we have a chance to fix that.

The Public and Proposed Constitutional Amendments: We Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change

Paul Herrnson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Paul Herrnson

Despite the public's overall belief in the Constitution as an enduring document, the data indicate that Americans are quite willing to use the amendment process to make policy changes.

Asking the Right Questions on Citizens United

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

If Republicans want to defend the rights of corporations and billionaires to spend unlimited, secret money in campaigns, then they should say so. But they do not get a free pass to defend unlimited, secret political spending by sidestepping the question and pretending that Democrats are attacking our nation's First Amendment.

Voting Yes for the Constitutional Amendment

Coreen K. Lee | Posted 11.10.2014 | Hawaii
Coreen K. Lee

With the implementation of the Early Childhood Education program, Hawaii will be able to define expectations of participating preschool programs including child outcomes, family engagement, curriculum aligned to state standards, etc.

Is There a Billionaire Cancellation Effect?

Robert Weissman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

The Republicans have their billionaires, the Democrats have theirs. What's the big kerfuffle about campaign spending, right? Wrong.

Fighting for Our Political Voice

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Money isn't speech and corporations aren't people. Most people get that. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, however, political contributions by corporations and the richest Americans actually are free speech and entitled to special protection. Even when they're made in secret.

Paul Blumenthal

Is Washington The Only Place Where Campaign Finance Is A Partisan Issue?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Monday to debate a constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision and allowing ...

Michael McAuliff

Dems Ramp Up Dark Money Fight With Bid To Amend Constitution

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats took the first step to try and stem the flood of unregulated dark money that's swamped politics since 2010, with a firs...

Can the People's Climate March on September 21 Ignite a Political Revolution?

Pearl Korn | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Pearl Korn

I hope that all of this suggests that we are arriving at a tipping point and are ready to do the hard work necessary to take back our democracy and our government.

Sen. McConnell Makes the Case

Miles Rapoport | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

Sen. Mitch McConnell, long known as a champion of big money in politics, has made a stunningly compelling case for a constitutional amendment that would allow Congress and the states to restore sensible limits on political spending. We appreciate his help and his clarity.

Boehner's Constitution Of Convenience

Duncan Hosie | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Ironically, Speaker Boehner resorted to the American justice system to sue President Obama, the very system he has worked relentlessly to underfund for indigents. Instead of suing Obama, he should start fixing the system he and his colleagues broke.

Massachusetts Does Not Need More Money in Politics: Why State Legislators Should Not Increase Campaign Contribution Limits

John Bonifaz | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
John Bonifaz

If Massachusetts legislators want to double the contribution limits in state politics, they should, in the light of day, create a stand-alone bill to do that and try to pass it. But, they should not bury it in a disclosure bill and call it reform.

Is Fishiness Afoot in Redistricting Reform in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 09.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Was there something fishy going on when the state board of elections raised questions about whether the redistricting reform campaign had enough valid signatures to get on the November ballot?

Run on the Supreme Court

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Putting term limits on The Supreme Court as an amendment is not a new idea. How do we flesh it out?

Amend the 13th Amendment

Rick McDaniel | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Rick McDaniel

I was in a recent meeting when Prison Fellowship president Jim Liske quoted it. I couldn't believe it but then I read the 13th Amendment and there it was..

Michael McAuliff

Harry Reid Declares Koch Brothers A Cult

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) found a new charge to level at the billionaire Koch brothers Thursday: They lead a cult. R...

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.

Constitutional Amendment Needed Now to Reestablish Rule by the People; Scheduled Senate Vote Applauded

Robert Weissman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Depending on how one counts, only 600 or 1,200 people ran up against the aggregate contribution limits overturned by McCutcheon. That's the universe of people who will gain a greater ability to make campaign contributions as a result of that decision, to the detriment of the rest of the nation's citizens.

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Will Vote On Constitutional Amendment To Roll Back Campaign Finance Decisions

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate will vote in 2014 on a constitutional amendment to reverse Supreme Court rulings that prevent limitations on campaign spendin...