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Money in Politics

No Transparency Where It Is Needed Most

Dan Glickman | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The campaign finance deregulation policy rider to the spending legislation signed by the president is a final recognition by politicians of both parties that nothing will be done to prevent or even slow down the seemingly unstoppable march toward even more money in American politics.

Money-Hungry Lawmakers Undermine the Will of the People

Ben Cohen  | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

Just when you thought the influence of big money in politics hit a fever pitch this year with our $4 billion midterm, our lawmakers snuck in a closing reminder that money reigns supreme in Washington.

5 Awful Things Congress Snuck Into the Omnibus Budget Deal

Josh Silver | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Josh Silver

If you're a Congressperson looking to sneak through something shady, the omnibus budget bill is the perfect opportunity since 1) It's 1600 pages long and relatively easy to hide things in, and 2) Congress has to pass it or the government shuts down. Again.

Paul Blumenthal

Omnibus Bill Allows Wealthy Donors To Give Even More to Political Parties | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional budget negotiators from both parties have included a provision in the bill to continue funding the government into next ye...

Cash Register Politics Destroys Democracy

Ralph Nader | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

In light of history repeating itself so completely, one must ask where did all these millions of dollars go if, 12 years later, the very same mistakes, blunders and oversights are being made?

Climate Change Doesn't Care if You're Republican or Democrat

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

With their longstanding allies now in Senate leadership, big polluters will seek to load up must-pass spending bills with anti-environmental riders and pass stand alone bills to block or overturn hard-fought safeguards.

How the League of Women Voters Is Fighting to Protect Our Democracy

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth MacNamara

Big money is winning, and voters are losing. And the League won't let voters go down without a fight.

Dividing the Spoils

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The framers debated the meaning of corruption at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, and Americans have been arguing about it ever since. Today, gifts to politicians that were once called graft or bribes are called contributions.

How Congress Auctions Off Power

Avram Billig | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Avram Billig

Warren's elevation is the latest instance of fundraising prowess helping to open the gates to party leadership, a trend that cements money's role in politics and could worsen polarization.

A Dem Who Can Explain That Fairness Is Prosperity Will Sweep in 2016

Richard Kirsch | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

The Democrat who champions bold policies to build an America that works for all of us, not just the wealthy, and policies that create broadly shared, sustainable prosperity, will triumph in 2016.

How Big Money Lost -- And Workers Won -- in Phoenix

Jordan Marks | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Jordan Marks

Proposition 487, which would have ended pensions for Phoenix firefighters, police officers, and thousands of other public workers and moved them into risky, privatized plans, went down in flames at the ballot box last Tuesday by over 10 percentage points.

Is Big Money Being Used to Bully Judges?

Ben Cohen  | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Ben Cohen 

When corporations with a private agenda can selectively barrage our airwaves with attack ads, they can shape the national conversation, destroy reputations or curry favor with politicians. They can even influence our judiciary system.

Left and Right Must Work Together to Battle Government Corruption

Charlotte Hill | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Hill

Just as both parties are complicit in corruption, ordinary people from all across the political spectrum are fed up with it. We just express it differently.

How the Lame Ducks Can Strike Back

Al Lewis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Al Lewis

The lame duck session gives ousted legislators a chance to do something they dare not have done before the election: propose legislation that actually benefits constituents even if it means upsetting contributors.

Paul Blumenthal

Mitch McConnell's Triumph Strikes Worry In The Hearts Of Campaign Finance Reformers | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the past three years, House Republicans have repeatedly tried, and failed, to bar federal agencies from adopting regulations to gov...

Richmond Voters Beat Chevron's Corporate Coup d' Etat

Mary Bottari | Posted 11.07.2014 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Through different independent expenditure groups, the energy behemoth launched an ad blitz targeting progressive candidates, including billboards, TV, radio and even talking door literature. At the ballot box, however, Richmond voters proved that democracy can triumph over corporate cash.

Win or Lose, Big Money Still Matters in Politics

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

While big donors like Tom Steyer and the Democratic Party insiders running Democratic-leaning outside spending groups might not be celebrating over it now, big money -- even losing big money -- matters in Washington.

Can Lisa Simpson Become President?

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

So who do I mean by a real-life "Lisa Simpson"? I mean someone who is super bright, hard-working, ambitious, with an unshakeable moral core, but who is from a working class family who doesn't have any natural political connections, like being named Kennedy or Bush.

On Money in Politics, 2014 Shows What's Wrong -- and What's Right

Marge Baker | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Marge Baker

The most enduring "winners" in the midterms may be the wealthy interests that bankrolled their candidates of choice and can now expect to have the ears of their chosen representatives. But importantly, it's not all bad news on the money in politics front.

When $4 Billion Isn't Enough, It's Time to Rethink Our Elections

Luke Squire | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Luke Squire

The dust from the 2014 election is still settling, but at over $4 billion spent on the midterm elections, this campaign season was record breaking. And with the average American household earning $53,046a year, regular citizens cannot participate in elections.

Paul Blumenthal

Tallahassee Voters Said No To Big Money, Corruption In City Politics | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After wealthy donors helped fuel the most expensive midterm election in history, voters in Tallahassee, Florida, passed a referendum to ...

Election 2014: The Seinfeld Election About Absolutely Nothing Ends Its Run

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Say a fond farewell to the 2014 Seinfeld campaign. Unfortunately, it probably won't be the last corrupt big money-dominated campaign about absolutely nothing.

The Unbelievably Easy 2014 Midterm Election Voters Guide -- Money in Politics

Richard Greene | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Richard Greene

The Republican and Democratic parties are SO far apart, on almost EVERY issue, it will take you less than one minute to know who to vote for!

We Already Know Who Won the 2014 Election

Wendy Weiser | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Wendy Weiser

There is still suspense over what will happen on Election Day, with control of the Senate hanging in the balance. But regardless of who wins, we already know the 2014 election belongs to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.31.2014 | 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.