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Money in Politics

In Big-Money Move, Corporations Seek to Make Congress a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

As Election Day approaches, two reports show us exactly how corrupted our political system has become. Unless voters come out in force, it looks like corporate money is about to buy itself another house of Congress.

Citizens United: Who Are These Guys?

Luis Toro | Posted 10.29.2014 | Denver
Luis Toro

Citizens United has been in Colorado news a lot lately. The group, that is, not the Supreme Court case of the same name.

Why Should the Federal Election Commission Listen to You?

Rick Claypool | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Rick Claypool

You might have noticed our election system is kind of a mess. It wasn't great before the Supreme Court's disastrous Citizens United ruling -- and it's now so overrun with billionaire-backed sham campaigns and corporate sock puppet groups that it's hard to believe any candidate capable of challenging rule by the One Percent can win.

2014 Campaign Shows Growing Public Disdain for Predatory For-Profit Colleges

David Halperin | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

Even though the for-profit college industry continues to pour campaign contributions into Capitol Hill coffers, I haven't found any 2014 candidates out there who, like the 2012 Romney, have affirmatively stressed their support for the industry.

GOP Leader Unhappy With Flood of Money in Politics

Lauren Windsor | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

At a campaign event for Senate hopeful Joni Ernst in Des Moines on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told me that he is unhappy with Citizens United and would revisit the landmark Supreme Court decision to make it more balanced. However, Graham does not think any action will happen without a movement.

Chevron Greases Local Election with Gusher of Cash

Michael Winship | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

Presumably, Chevron, vexed by such governmental interference, decided enough was enough. Cue the campaign cash machine. Turn on the pumps.

Paul Blumenthal

Senate Candidates Actually Debate The Insidious Influence Of Money In Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The influence of money in politics was long treated as a side issue during the campaign season. But this year, in at least a half-dozen ...

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats, Republicans Take Advantage Of New Big-Money Rules | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Both the Republican and Democratic parties are raising historic sums from single donors for the 2014 midterm elections under new rules r...

Think This Year's Campaigns Are Dirty? Check Out the Race That Changed Politics Forever

Greg Mitchell | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

After writing books about the 1950 contest for the U.S. Senate between Richard Nixon and Helen Gahagan Douglas and, especially, Upton Sinclair's race for governor of California in 1934, not much could happen this year that would truly shock or offend me.

Paul Blumenthal

Major Investment In Unlikely 2014 Senate Race | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The "super PAC to end all super PACs" is making its second-biggest foray into 2014 elections with a $1 million expenditure supporting De...

What Has Obama Done for You Lately?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Imagine a progressive president fighting to fix the insane economic inequality in the country or to end the senseless drug war or best of all battling to get money out of politics. Wouldn't that be wonderful? Well, that's not the president we have. We have one who is coasting. But God knows what he's coasting toward.

Mitch McConnell's China Syndrome

Curtis Ellis | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Curtis Ellis

Sen. Mitch McConnell is one of the strongest supporters of free trade and closer ties with China. It would be easy to blame McConnell's wife for his pro-China stance. But it would be wrong.

Paul Blumenthal

Top Billionaire Campaign Donors Favor Republicans In 2014 | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The wealthiest Americans are playing a larger role in politics these days, thanks to campaign finance laws loosened by the Supreme Court...

Jason Linkins

Turd Polish Futures Up 300 Percent On News That 2014 Midterm Election Is Happening | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics

Spend any time reading the people whose job it is to assign heady unified field theorems to election years, and you will hear sad variations on a dull...

Sheldon Adelson Cracks Open Checkbook For GOP

POLITICO | Kenneth P. Vogel | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has donated $10 million to a Karl Rove-backed outfit boosting Republican Senate candidates and promised a simil...

Nearly Every Generation Has Amended the Constitution to Help Expand Democracy. Now It's Our Turn.

Matthew Segal | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Matthew Segal

Now it's our generation's turn to address perhaps the most important issue of our time -- restoring government of, by, and for the people, not bought, paid, or sold to special interests.

The Business Of America Is Dirty Tricks

The Baffler | Lee Fang | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics

Any glance at the inert state of political progress in our market-addled age has to leave even the most dogged investigator a bit bewildered....

Money in Politics and the 'Real' Issues We Face

Marge Baker | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

Everyday Americans are connecting those dots. They see that their opinions and voices are increasingly being shut out of a system that is supposed to be of, by, and for them.

Run, Zephyr, Run -- Teachout Should Challenge Hillary for the Democratic Presidential Nomination

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Teachout might not be able to defeat Clinton, Inc. -- with its bevy of rich and well-connected donors -- for the nomination, but my bet is that she could collect a slew of delegates and have a big impact on the national debate. The Democratic wing of the Democratic Party deserves a strong warrior in the primaries, not just a Clinton coronation.

The First Amendment, According to Mitch McConnell

Michael Keegan | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Faced with a large, bipartisan grassroots movement that threatens their big-spending friends, the only arguments that Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz have left are wild accusations, flat-out falsehoods, and outlandish interpretations of the Bill of Rights.

Candidates' Efforts to Block Unregulated Outside Spending Succeeds Again

Adam Crowther | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Adam Crowther

Though today's Democratic primary in Rhode Island's governor's race might not generate much national press attention, the race is significant as a case study of a way to stop the flood of unregulated outside money in the post-Citizens United era.

Paul Blumenthal

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

What New Yorkers Can Do About Money In Politics

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 09.08.2014 | New York
Lawrence Lessig

I don't think Governor Cuomo's refusal to debate Zephyr Teachout is really about sexism. It's about money-ism. In this democracy, not to have money is not to be qualified.

Politicians and Billionaires: Pledging Allegiance to Each Other in Secret

Mike Lux | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

These audio files reveal the frightening truth about the state of American politics in 2014 -- our country is being held hostage by a minority beholden to corporate interests.

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.