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Money in Politics

Money in Politics: Rising in Intensity as a 2014 Election Issue

Mike Lux | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

There is more and more evidence that Democrats and progressives are discovering the power of taking on big money in politics as a central issue in their campaign strategies.

Are Corn Flakes Republican? This App Will Tell You

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 08.14.2014 | Business

The cereal aisle could be the new ballot box. A new app called BuyPartisan scans barcodes on thousands of supermarket items and displays color-cod...

California's Constitutional Crisis: Can We the People Speak?

Derek Cressman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Los Angeles
Derek Cressman

While conflicts between our three branches of government over constitutional issues usually occur at the federal level, there is a profound debate happening almost under the radar over state constitutional authority in California. The case deserves our attention

Paul Blumenthal

'We've Completely Won The Debate On The Problem Of Money In Politics'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Campaign finance reformers are taking their policy efforts to the hustings, raising millions of dollars in an unprecedented push to supp...

Republicans and Democrats Both Use Impeachment Food Fight for Fun and Profit

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If I get one more email asking me for money to stop the Republicans from impeaching Obama, I may have to change my email address. And if I were a Republican, I'd probably feel the same way about an endless stream of emails asking for money to stop Obama from exercising dictatorial powers, to sue him, or possibly impeach him.

Paul Blumenthal

Corporations Have Found Yet Another (Secret) Way To Help Get Politicians Elected

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On June 14, 2012, someone created a corporation in Ohio called American Dream Fund LLC. Six months later, this corporation made a $250,0...

Money in Politics an Issue for Youth Vote

Christina Gagnier | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Christina Gagnier

Over the past six months, I have had the opportunity to talk to people of all ages and backgrounds as I run to serve in Congress. While jobs and the e...

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

John Bonifaz | Posted 07.29.2014 | 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.

Paul Blumenthal

Leaked Memo Tells Senate Candidate To Spend 80 Percent Of Her Time Raising Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A campaign strategy memo prepared for Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn last year and leaked online on Monday reveals fa...

Less Divided than We Look

Will Friedman, Ph.D | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Will Friedman, Ph.D

Are we becoming a more polarized people? Media coverage generally reinforces what is most conflicted about our politics. This adds up to a highly polarized and dysfunctional national politics.

The SEC Should Shine a Light on Dark Political Donations From Corporations

Sean McElwee | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Nate Silver has already dubbed the 2014 election as "the least important in years." But this year's midterms are still breaking records for at least one thing: Secret political spending.

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.

The Truth About Politics: Mo' Money, Mo' Problems

Jason Ritchie | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Jason Ritchie

Our government is no longer by the people, for the people. Their vast spending in politics gives them a large degree of control over those in office, drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. This amounts to institutionalized bribery.

Influence Peddling and Inequality in London: Nobody Expects a Monty Python Fourth of July

Michael Winship | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

In the face of heavy opposition from the moneyed classes on either shore, both the United States and the United Kingdom are desperately in need of campaign finance reform. No joke.

Fake Kentucky Senate Candidate Is Brutally And Hilariously Honest

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

Represent.Us, an organization that seeks to "end the culture of legalized corruption that has come to define modern politics," has put up fake candida...

Hillary's Candid Motto for Democratic Party: 'Represent Banks'

Jeff Cohen | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

Her remark is an apt credo for a party leadership that has spent the last quarter-century serving corporate power as persistently as it spews out empty rhetoric about "the needs of working families."

Is This Who We Want Driving Our Democracy?

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

With the voices of everyday Americans increasingly being drowned out by the likes of the Koch brothers, fixing our democracy can't wait.

Jason Linkins

Rumors Of A 'Firewall' Between Campaigns And Super PACs Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics

As America has become used to the new landscape of money in politics -- now featuring rampaging, steroidal super PACs running amok in every corner of ...

Break the Koch Machine

Robert Reich | Posted 06.27.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

A number of billionaires are flooding our democracy with their money, drowning out the voices of the rest of us. But Charles and David Koch are in a class by themselves.

The Big Money Politics Problem We Need to Talk About

David Fontana | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
David Fontana

In a federal system--a system that prioritizes letting people govern their own communities--it should concern us whenever bigger money from other places distorts elections in places with smaller money.

How to Destroy Oligopoly

Sean McElwee | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The influence of money in our political system isn't inescapable, and we should look to the states to find effective measures to curb the power of money. However, as Fredrick Douglass noted, "Power cedes nothing without demand." Simply knowing what works isn't enough. We need

Zach Carter

This Rising GOP Star May Undercut His Own Crusade

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Rep. Jeb Hensarling walked into the Lehrman auditorium at the Heritage Foundation in late May, it was ostensibly to give a speech o...

Paul Blumenthal

Citizens United Reduces Lawmakers To 'Bit Players In Their Own Campaigns'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new report from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law sheds light on how the millions in independent spending unleashed by t...

Paul Blumenthal

Billionaire's Campaign Contribution Among Biggest In Recent History

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With a $2.5 million contribution to Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, Chicago-based hedge fund executive Ken Gri...

Money Isn't Everything

Dan Glickman | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

To see a candidate taking on an incumbent with an astronomical cash advantage, running on a platform in part opposed to money's influence in the political system, and win is an amazing thing in this day and age. Maybe this is the beginning of a trend in both parties.