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Money in Politics

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 06.21.2014 | 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 06.11.2014 | 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.

Paul Blumenthal

How David Brat Turned Eric Cantor's Fundraising Advantage Against Him

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On May 1, economics professor David Brat, the little-known challenger to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, appeared before the Mechanic...

Paul Blumenthal

Senators Trade Barbs Over Billionaires, Banned Books In Campaign Finance Hearing

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans' opposing views on money in politics came into sharp focus Tuesday during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing...

Working Families Party Endorsement of Cuomo Shows Progressive Political Power

Richard Kirsch | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

It would be a mistake to think that the New York Working Families Party's endorsement of a Wall Street, austerity Democrat -- Andrew Cuomo -- is a defeat for the surging progressive wing of the Democratic Party. In fact, just the opposite is true.

Meet Hans von Spakovsky, the Face of the Right-Wing Defense of Citizens United

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

If you need proof of the relationship between voter suppression and big money in politics, look no further than today's Heritage Foundation panel starring Hans von Spakovsky.

Jason Linkins

Better Know A Koch Brother!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.30.2014 | Politics

As the 2014 midterms approach, the billionaire industrialists and politically conservative uber-donors known as the Koch Brothers continue to loom lar...

Senator Whoever

Dylan Brody | Posted 06.02.2014 | Comedy
Dylan Brody

Talented and sharp-minded singer songwriter Eric Schwartz has turned his dark and incisive wit on the nature of corruption in money-driven politics. ...

Time for a Real Tea Party -- in 2016!

Ralph Nader | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

After being knocked out in 2014, will the Tea Partiers give up and go back into the fold, disrespected and marginalized? Will they do as many of the progressive left have done, lose their bargaining power and choose to accept the "least worst" candidate on Tea Party issues between the GOP and the Democrats?

Hedge Fund Honchos Draw Two Republican Stars To Vegas

AP | By STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two high-profile Republicans on Friday courted hedge fund executives at an election-year conference in a glitzy hotel, drawing crit...

Senate GOP Committee Rakes In Millions In April

AP | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 16 about the National Republican Senatorial Committee's fundraising, The Associated Press, relying on a summary of ...

Paul Blumenthal

Super PAC To End All Super PACs Has Super Start

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On May 1, Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig launched what he calls a "super PAC to end all super PACs." Lessig, one of a new breed of ca...

Mixing Education With Politics

Peter Greene | Posted 07.12.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

There's a great line, usually attributed to Rev. Gene Carlson of Wichita, about religion getting involved in politics: When you mix religion and politics, you get politics.

Don't Let Net Neutrality Become Another Broken Promise

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Barack Obama told us there would be no compromise on net neutrality. We heard him say it back in 2007, when he first was running for president. He said it many more times. And defenders of net neutrality believed him.

Constitutional Amendment Needed Now to Reestablish Rule by the People; Scheduled Senate Vote Applauded

Robert Weissman | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Robert Weissman

Depending on how one counts, only 600 or 1,200 people ran up against the aggregate contribution limits overturned by McCutcheon. That's the universe of people who will gain a greater ability to make campaign contributions as a result of that decision, to the detriment of the rest of the nation's citizens.

The Light Hiding Under McCutcheon's Bushel: Transparency

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

McCutcheon, like its kissing cousin Citizens United, has a silver lining: once again the Supreme Court has very positive things to say about disclosure of the sources of political spending.

For-Profit Colleges Spend Big on Lobbyists to Fight Obama Regulation

David Halperin | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
David Halperin

With the May 27 deadline approaching to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Education, big for-profit colleges are pulling out all the stops to gut the Obama administration's proposed "gainful employment" rule, which is aimed at curbing predatory career training programs.

How Rand Paul Abandoned One Of His Key Promises

www.motherjones.com | Posted 04.17.2014 | Politics

As a candidate, he touted a proposal to curb the influence of lobbyists and donors. As a senator, he shelved that plan—and accepted contributions fr...