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Paul Blumenthal

Wall Street, GOP Poised For Mutual Gain From Supreme Court Decision | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Who will benefit first from McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission? The Republican Party and the financial industry are already prime...

What's McCutcheon? The Low-Down for Corruption Newbies

Charlotte Hill | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Will this latest Supreme Court ruling move us even further toward a morally bankrupt republic in which our elected leaders are dependent not upon the people alone, as was clearly intended by our founders, but upon the uber-wealthy few? The answer is an unequivocal yes.

Jason Linkins

Please Spare A Thought For The Real Victims Of The McCutcheon Decision | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Court's latest decision in McCutcheon v. FEC continues the long process of deforming our once-thought-to-be-timeless experiment in "We the...

Supreme Court Continued This Week on Its March to Destroy the Nation's Campaign Finance Laws

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

With its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the Supreme Court has turned our representative system of government into a sandbox for America's billionaires and millionaires to play in.

The McCutcheon Ruling: Is That All There Is, My Friends?

Dan Glickman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

I haven't seen one person ask the most important question: What does this mean for the American people and the government that is supposed to work for them? The discussion centers totally around the "game" of politics, and who wins and loses among the players. No one asks, "How do the people fare?"

The McCutcheon Decision: Great for the Super-Rich, Bad for Everyone Else

Marge Baker | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

Shaun McCutcheon, the wealthy plaintiff in the case bearing his name, can hardly wait to seize that influence. When asked yesterday if he'll be spending more than he did in previous cycles now that the limits are struck down, McCutcheon couldn't hide his eagerness: "Oh, absolutely. Yeah, I'm well on the way to meeting [the old limits] already, so certainly I will now. Absolutely." McCutcheon's excitement betrays what this case was really about all along: giving the wealthy an even larger megaphone in our democracy. The "free speech" ostensibly being protected in this case wasn't the right of you and I to be heard, but the "right" of the wealthy to drown out everyone else's voices with their multimillion-dollar amplifiers.

At Last! Victory For the Old System! America Takes Another Step Toward Monarchy!

Matthew Chapman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

As an Englishman I'd like to congratulate the Supreme Court of the United States for bringing America one step closer to monarchy.

Charles Keating's Political Heirs: On Moralizers and Money in Politics

Michael Keegan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

How sadly fitting that news of Charles Keating's death arrives on the same day the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court -- aka the Corporate Court -- continued its gutting of campaign finance laws.

McCutcheon Is One of the Worst Supreme Court Decisions of All Time -- Here's What You Need to Know

Mansur Gidfar | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Mansur Gidfar

If you're part of that 0.08 percent of the population that has money to burn on political giving, why stop at one candidate? Why not dole out $5,000 bucks to a hundred different candidates just to be safe? That's where McCutcheon v. FEC comes in.

Chomsky on McCutcheon: 'Let's Forget Any Pretense of Being a Democratic Society'

Abel Collins | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Abel Collins

Imagine David and Charles Koch or George Soros stepping into any political race and directly showering their pet candidate with however much money it will take them to win. The result would be an assortment of politicians utterly enthralled by the ultra wealthy

How The Koch Brothers Are Targeting The Hearts & Minds Of College Students

Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics

By Dave Levinthal Center for Public Integrity The campus of Koch Brothers Academy spans a nation. Learn about the “role of government institu...

Gov. Cuomo's Moment of Truth

Miles Rapoport | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Miles Rapoport

The legislation includes tighter contribution limits and beefed-up enforcement of New York's campaign finance laws. But its centerpiece is a "fair elections" program that would boost the clout of small-dollar campaign donors by supplementing their modest contributions with public matching funds.

Sam Stein

Obama Aides Say He's Not Embracing Super PACs By Appearing At 2 Super PAC Events | Sam Stein | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senior Obama administration officials confirmed on Thursday that President Barack Obama would be appearing at two super PAC events this ...

Let's Make Capitalism a Dirty Word

Carl Gibson | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Immediately upon entering adulthood, Americans are forced to compete for increasingly-scarce employment. The purpose of most employment isn't to create value for society or future generations, but to create profits for a scant few executives and shareholders.

What the Supreme Court Has Already Said About McCutcheon v. FEC

Liz Kennedy | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Liz Kennedy

The Court's whole campaign finance jurisprudence has been based on the idea that money in politics can be an improper influence, but does today's current conservative majority recognize an outside limit for what they accept as proper influence for big money supporters?

Paul Blumenthal

Activist Aims To Fight Money In Politics From Within | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the past 18 years, Derek Cressman has fought to curb the power of big money in elections while working for the reform groups U.S. PI...

Obama Helps Keep Politics Awash In Money This Year

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will headline fundraisers for Democratic super PACs supporting the party's House and Senate candidates this year ...

Citizens United: I'll Work Beyond a Sound Bite

Dirk Adams | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Dirk Adams

My name is Dirk Adams, and I'm a Montana rancher and Democrat who wants to be the next U.S. senator from Montana. I'm the dark horse running for the o...

How Far Can the IRS Go in Regulating Political Ads by Nonprofits?

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

The IRS's proposed rule has run into the bugaboo that has plagued the Supreme Court and election administrators for years: how to define "political" advertisements.

The Political Underbelly of the Pensions Crisis: What Broke the System, and How Do We Fix It?

Rob Johnson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
Rob Johnson

Many state and local governments are struggling to meet their obligations to retirees, and the easiest explanation is that workers are overpaid and their pensions are unaffordable. But the evidence suggests that the pensions crisis is both less pervasive and more complex than that.

Paul Blumenthal

Telecom Giants Paid Millions To 'Honor' Minority Lawmakers Before The Merger | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Comcast and Time Warner Cable are heading into the lobbying stage of their proposed merger with a strong hand. They boast large teams of...

Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder 'Can't Understand' State's Campaign Finance Mishap

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Ben Cohen sat down with HuffPost Live on Thursday, expressing how perplexed he was by Vermont's recent campaign finance bill....

Paul Blumenthal

Here's How Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Wants To Stamp Money Out Of Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- These days Ben Cohen, co-founder and former CEO of Ben & Jerry's, is trying to make an impact with stamps, not scoops. His target: the i...

Notorious GOP Megadonor Quietly Backed Liberal Causes

The Center for Public Integrity | Dave Levinthal | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

Republican megadonor Harold Simmons last year declared President Barack Obama the "most dangerous American alive." And ahead of the 2012 election, ...

A Midwest Republican Senator Crusades Against the Corruption of Money in Politics

Carl Gibson | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

Dale Schultz, a Republican state senator from Richland Center, Wis., has held his seat for 23 years, and served in the state assembly for 10 years before that. Now, Schultz has announced he won't be seeking re-election, citing the rise of dark money in politics in the wake of Citizens United.