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What's Next for Campaign Finance Reform?

Meredith McGehee | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Meredith McGehee

While it would be nice to be able to wave a magic wand or pass a sweeping bill to fix the system, it's just not going to happen. Now is the time for determined and steadfast battles on several fronts.

President Obama, Go Big or Go Home

Robbie Gennet | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Robbie Gennet

There's an old saying in surfing: Go big or go home. Right now, each race around the country is in it's own little bubble, disconnected to the larger narrative. Only true vision and leadership can unite them to raise a populist wave and that is what the Presidential pulpit is for.

Exposing the Scare Campaign Against the DISCLOSE Act

Miles Rapoport | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

The case for DISCLOSE, which would bring into the open hundreds of millions of dollars in now-hidden political giving, is so compelling, so self-evident, that a credible, logical argument against it is nowhere to be found.

What You Don't Know May Well Hurt You -- Dark Money

Craig Holman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Craig Holman

Disclosure is the solution to much of what ails our democracy, not the problem. Those in Congress who are opponents of transparency not only trample on the right of Americans to know who is trying to influence our vote; they run afoul of the very nature of free and open elections.

Why We Need the DISCLOSE Act

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

On at least two occasions then, the Court has chosen to remove limits on political spending on the implicit premise that this spending would be disclosed. Sadly, Citizen's United did not lead to more disclosure but instead to a wave of dark money.

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...

Senate Democrats Quietly Fold to Allow Senator McConnell to Repeal Portion of Presidential Financing System

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The failure of Senate Democrats to challenge Senator McConnell on the legislation passed Tuesday while McConnell blocks all campaign finance reform bills raises serious questions about just how committed Senate Democrats are to addressing the nation's campaign finance problems.

Paul Blumenthal

Here Are 24 Corporate Donors To The Nation's Largest Business Lobby

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A report released Monday by Public Citizen's U.S. Chamber Watch lists some of the corporations donating major sums to the U.S. Chamber o...

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Dems Voice Key Concern In IRS Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats on Tuesday used a hearing investigating the unfolding Internal Revenue Service scandal to call for tightening the rules...

Paul Blumenthal

Would Stronger Disclosure Rules Have Prevented The IRS Scandal?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service would have an easier time figuring out which groups applying for tax-exempt status are political in nature ...

Amanda Terkel

Harry Reid Accuses Republicans Of Hypocrisy On IRS Scandal, Benghazi

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hit back at Republicans over the politicization of the IRS scandal on Tuesday, charging that ...

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Paul Blumenthal

Bipartisan Duo Hopes To Fix Big Citizens United Problem

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) unveiled on Tuesday the first bipartisan campaign disclosure bill in the Senate s...

California Democratic Party Disses Fracking, Still Loves Money

Wendy Block | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
Wendy Block

It's heartbreakingly clear that the Democrats won't act courageously. But a number of non-partisan outside groups will.

IRS and DOJ Fail to Enforce Laws Against Dark Money Groups

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

If the IRS or DOJ were serious about ensuring that so-called social welfare organizations are not abusing their tax-exempt status by engaging in political activities, they could start by taking a close look at IRS forms 990 and 1023.

GOP senators urge FCC to avoid new disclosure rules

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Michael Beckel April 11, 2013This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigat...

Obama Versus Campaign Finance Laws

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

There's a certain conventional wisdom that President Obama wants stronger campaign finance laws, and to protect our democracy from the corrupting effects of money in politics. It's a story that you should no longer believe.

Paul Blumenthal

Senator Lays Out Plans To Defeat Dark Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Calling the lack of disclosure on hundreds of millions of dollars in spending during the 2012 election "egregious" and "offensive," Sen....

Dear Mr. President: For Real Progress, We Must Break the Power of Big Money

Bob Edgar | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Bob Edgar

The 2012 elections showed just how broken our elections are, with millions discouraged from voting due to antiquated registration laws, voter intimidation and misinformation, and the manipulation of voting laws for political gain.

Paul Blumenthal

Is New Congress Ready For Campaign Finance Reform?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 2012 election was the most expensive in history, with a pricetag as high as $6 billion. This staggering amount brought with it many ...

Sam Stein

Why The Gun Rights Lobby Is The Baddest Force In Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the spring of 2010, Democrats began charting out their legislative response to a Supreme Court ruling that allowed unlimited spending...

Paul Blumenthal

'Dark Money' Groups Face Threat In New State

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In response to the massive increase in undisclosed "dark money" in the nation's elections, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman h...

Sam Stein

The First, And Perhaps Last, Post-Citizens United Democrat

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There has been post-election glee among Democrats, including the highest reaches of the Obama campaign, over the failure of big-moneyed ...

What Obama And Romney Would Do About Citizens United

Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics

By Justin Elliott, ProPublicaWith campaign finances limits rendered nearly meaningless, election spending is on pace to set records. Where does each p...

From Global Pariah to Green Giant: Does Germany Hold a Key to Our Sustainable Future?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 10.10.2012 | Green
Frances Moore Lappe

In the early 1990s, Germany had virtually no renewable energy, so I was astonished to learn that in 2010 Germany -- slightly smaller in area than Montana and hardly a Sunbelt -- generated almost half the world's solar energy.