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The Democrats' Dirty Money Problem

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Oscar winning director Alex Gibney's latest film, Casino Jack, is premiering in Washington, DC next week, New York last, and San Francisco the week af...

Your Voice And Vote Do Matter

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Elsewhere in the world, any time the working class is threatened, thousands take to the streets in loud protest, toppling governments. We have no such historical tradition.

Adding Pathetic to Puny: On Why We're Joining Others to Oppose the DISCLOSE Act

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Pathetic and puny victories are defeats, not victories. And they are certainly not the sort of resolve that will convince anyone that "change" has come to Washington. Not even those who thought they were already convinced.

The Lesson of BP: Too Much Greed? Too Little Guts?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Let our takeaway from the BP nightmare be that we as a people get serious about removing the power of private wealth in our nation's governance.

A Taxing Situation

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

On this day when you're giving your hard earned money to the IRS, you have to wonder how much of that goes to line the pockets of wealthy special interests that lobby in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Backs Plutocracy, Targets Arizona Clean Elections Matching Funds

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

The Colorado Citizens (Publicly-Funded) Campaigns Initiative 53 is not modeled on Arizona and other states' public funding initiatives that use matching funds to level the election playing field.

Lucia Graves

Progressive Groups Protest Washington's Pay-To-Play Culture

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two dozen protesters gathered outside Rep. Gregg Harper's (R-Miss.) annual "Mississippi Fish Fry" fundraiser at a Capitol Hill townhouse on Thursday, ...

One Year Later, Fair Elections Matter Now More Than Ever

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

With our nation facing critical problems -- an economy still in distress, an uncertain energy future, and an unregulated Wall Street -- we should not wait one minute longer to end the debilitating campaign money chase.

Voting for Change Until They Actually Get It

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

Last night's election should not be narrowly cast as partisan infighting or purging. They showed an electorate that views Congress as out-of-touch with the wants and needs of Main Street.

The DNC, DCCC and DSCC Need Makeovers

Pearl Korn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pearl Korn

An emerging coalition of new and traditional progressive power is placing the "old guard" in the Democratic establishment on notice that the status quo is no longer acceptable, and they had best adapt or face the consequences.

Think About the Existing Flood of Angry Voters, Not Just the Threat of Corporate Money

David Donnelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Donnelly

With Fair Elections, candidates for Congress can run for office without relying on Wall Street executives or Washington lobbyists.

BP and Wall Street Join Forces on Derivatives

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nick Nyhart

After years of fighting off oil industry regulations that might have prevented the disaster in the gulf coast, now BP is fighting off financial industry regulations that might have prevented the economic collapse we're all still suffering through.

Ryan Grim

Donor Strike: Rich Progressives Pledge To Withhold Cash

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A group of 27 major donors is vowing to withhold campaign cash from lawmakers who stand in the way of legislation that would allow for public funding ...

Coffee Party? Tea Party? Join the Brewvement!

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Coffee Partiers might focus more on the threat of concentrated, unaccountable corporate power, while Tea Partiers' typically target concentrated, unaccountable government power. But see a pattern?

In The Public Interest: Shareholder Roles & Rights in the Brave New Post-Citizens United World

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

It's a brave new world of corporate power, thanks to the Supreme Court's Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision, and corporations, i...

New Populist Heroine Sparks a Movement (VIDEO)

Harry Hanbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Hanbury

By giving corporations the power to buy our politicians, the Supreme Court may have unintentionally sparked a grassroots wildfire that will turn our corporatocracy into a true democracy.

In The Public Interest: Fast track the Citizens United Bill

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lisa Gilbert

Not so long ago, "Citizens United vs. the Federal Elections Commission" was just a pending obscure decision facing the Supreme Court. But on January ...

"A Dose of Realism"? How About This for "Realism": We Need Leadership

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

Somehow Obama has been convinced that his promise of bold leadership was a mistake. Yet somehow we have got to get this president to recognize that it was the "realism" of 2009 that was his mistake.

Donors Speak Out on Fair Elections

Nick Nyhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nick Nyhart

The political activists on the letter know we need to dramatically alter the way campaigns are financed in this country and so do the American people.

The Democrats' Response to Citizens United: Not (Even Close to) Good Enough

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

What have the Democrats proposed? A handful of puny measures, none which will come close to addressing this growing corruption of democracy in America.

What Ted Olson Needs to Know About Corporate Democracy After Citizens United

Jesse Strauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jesse Strauss

Contrary to Ted Olson's contentions, shareholders do not have the ability to preclude corporate spending on political campaigns.

Justice Thomas' Reasoning -- Dangerous for Democracy

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Let's not allow the Justices' dangerous logic to undermine democratic decision making America needs now more than ever. We can commit to choosing elected leaders who grasp what we've lost.

Millions More to Flood Campaign Coffers

Steve Hildebrand | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Hildebrand

It's high time Congress wakes up. Get behind reform and take the special interest money out of politics now, before the price of political retribution skyrockets beyond control.

A Call for a Convention

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Lessig

The problem in our democracy is not diversity; the problem is a Congress dependent upon the fundraisers. The problem is not corporate speech. The problem is the fundraising Congress.

In The Public Interest: Corporate Democracy - The Citizens United Opinion

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

On Thursday the long-delayed Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission yanked open the floodgates to corporate money...