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Money in Politics

Special Interests Tip the Scales of Justice in Favor of Corporations

Billy Corriher | Posted 10.30.2012 | Crime
Billy Corriher

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Judges are supposed to be independent, fair arbiters of justice. In the Citizens United era, however, judges will increasingly face a choice between the law and special interests that can spend unlimited sums on their re-elections.

Money in Politics: Where Is the Outrage?

Bill Moyers | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

No serious proposal to take the money out of politics, or even reduce its tightening grip on the body politic, will emerge from Tampa or Charlotte, so the sounds of celebration and merriment are merely prelude to a funeral cortege for America as a shared experience. A radical minority of the superrich has gained ascendency over politics, buying the policies, laws, tax breaks, subsidies, and rules that consolidate a permanent state of vast inequality by which they can further help themselves to America's wealth and resources. Money rules. And in the foul air democracy chokes and gasps, the middle class falls behind, and the poor sink from sight as political donations determine the course and speech of policies that could make the difference in the lives of ordinary people struggling in a dog-eat-dog world.

6 Expert-Recommended Books About Money In Politics

Posted 08.30.2012 | Books

It's no secret that lots of money can easily corrupt politics. But it's also easy to get confused about their relationship. How much is it okay to...

Will Conventions Put Super PACs in the Skybox or in the Platform?

Blair Bowie | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Blair Bowie

2012-08-28-scblog2.png The sad truth is that both parties are so focused on raising enough cash to win in a post-Citizens United world that they're unlikely to take a serious look at ways to change the playing field.

One Percenters Buying Themselves an Aristocracy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

2012-08-28-scblog2.png Way before the 2010 Citizens United ruling, 1 percenters were working on a takeover. If the 99 percent don't stop them soon, don't establish some sort of separation of wealth and state, then the nation will lose its founding precepts.

The Role of Money in Politics: Extreme Energy Edition

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 10.30.2012 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngKeystone XL's job creation number and the idea that fracking creates great, local jobs are myths. But not only does money talk, it makes policy. In 2011, the oil and gas lobby spent nearly $150 million on lobbying.

To Get Better Policies, Expose Corrupt Politics

David Halperin | Posted 10.29.2012 | Business
David Halperin

2012-08-28-scblog2.png To grasp the harms caused when money dominates politics, start with for-profit colleges. It has become a monster, a league of Wall Street corporations and private equity-owned firms that get 86 percent of their revenues from taxpayers.

Conventions: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

Josh Silver | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngBehind the pomp and circumstance of the conventions, you'll quickly discover unthinkable largess bestowed upon Republicans and Democrats alike in exchange for policies that are screwing just about everyone who doesn't happen to have a well-heeled lobbyist or Super PAC.

Defense Spending: There's No Better Way to Talk About the Corrosive Effect of Money on Politics

Robert Greenwald | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald

The Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex is a case study on how the relationship between elected officials and their constituents can be turned on its head by the influence of money.

Paul Blumenthal

Obama Makes Big 'Constitutional' Endorsement

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In answering a question posed to him by a member of the Internet community Reddit, President Barack Obama stated his support for a const...

Shadow Conventions 2012: What They Will Not Be Talking About in Tampa and Charlotte

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

2012-08-28-scblog2.pngHuffPost Live is bringing you Shadow Conventions 2012 with the goal of sparking a national conversation on three issues that neither party is seriously addressing: the corrupting influence of money on our politics, the persistence of poverty in America, and the disastrous war on drugs. Our new streaming network will devote a day during each of the national conventions to focusing on one of those three issues. Today, HuffPost Live's team of host/producers will be joined by a broad range of politicians, thought leaders, activists, and celebrities for in-depth interviews and panel discussions on various aspects of the drug war. And we want you to be a central part of these discussions. That's what HuffPost Live is all about -- sparking real conversations about issues that impact our lives. The Shadow Conventions are your conventions. Join us and be part of a convention that's unscripted, surprising, and a lot more interesting than the over-produced political commercials in Tampa and Charlotte.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.25.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

In 2000, I co-convened the "Shadow Conventions," which ran concurrently with both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and shined the spotlight on three issues that neither party was seriously addressing: the corrupting influence of money on our politics, the persistence of poverty in America and the disastrous war on drugs. Twelve years later, these three problems have gotten worse. So we are bringing the Shadow Conventions back -- but this time we are using HuffPost Live and the Huffington Post platform to put these neglected issues center stage and make it possible for you to be part of a real discussion about them. In fact, HuffPost Live has already created "green room" pages where you can learn more about these issues, leave a comment and sign up to join an on-air Shadow Convention conversation. Click here for the drug war green room, here for poverty and here for money in politics. The Shadow Conventions are your conventions -- let your voice be heard.

HuffPost Live Previews Shadow Conventions 2012

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

HuffPost Live president Roy Sekoff sat down with host Jacob Soboroff to chat about the Shadow Conventions -- HuffPost's sitewide initiative to spotlig...

Congressman, After Hometown Criticism, Pulls Out of Event at For-Profit College Owned by Big RNC Donor

David Halperin | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
David Halperin

Citizens should ask their representatives whether they stand with wealthy for-profit colleges who have abused the public trust or whether they stand instead with the veterans, low-income people, and others whose dreams have been crushed by predatory schools.

Corruption Dare No Longer Be a Taboo Topic in This Presidential Election

Frank Vogl | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics
Frank Vogl

Reducing corruption is a top priority for Americans as they look at the upcoming elections. Yet the candidates are not discussing the issue. Will the reporters posing questions in the presidential debates raise the topic? I doubt it.

Wall Street Lobbying Reaches Astonishing Milestone

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

On Capitol Hill, it pays to pay. Wall Street certainly pays, and a new report unveils just how much, as well as what it gets in return. Since 2006,...

From Global Pariah to Green Giant: Does Germany Hold a Key to Our Sustainable Future?

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 10.10.2012 | Green
Frances Moore Lappe

In the early 1990s, Germany had virtually no renewable energy, so I was astonished to learn that in 2010 Germany -- slightly smaller in area than Montana and hardly a Sunbelt -- generated almost half the world's solar energy.

The Small Donor Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Jonathan Backer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

The real small donor revolution in New York City can spread to federal elections as well if Congress enacts a small donor matching fund program. But its impact will not be felt in the form of more television advertisements funded by money from small donors.

Big Money, Big Power... And Why Small Businesses Need To Fight Back

J. Kelly Conklin | Posted 10.02.2012 | Small Business
J. Kelly Conklin

How can a small business owner feel so powerless and so misrepresented when groups abound that claim to have my back?

Harkin, Colleagues Say For-Profit Colleges Squander Billions and Destroy Dreams

David Halperin | Posted 09.29.2012 | Education
David Halperin

At a Capitol Hill press conference today, Senator Tom Harkin released a blockbuster four-volume report based on his two-year investigation of the for-profit college industry.

Sen. Harkin's Report: For-Profit Colleges Leave Students With Debt but No Degree

David Halperin | Posted 09.28.2012 | Education
David Halperin

Investors are realizing that the reckless joy ride may be over soon. Most importantly, students are getting the message that they need to look elsewhere for educational opportunities.

As NY Gov. Cuomo Faces Fracking Decision, D.C. Lobbyists Sip "Fracktinis"

David Halperin | Posted 09.24.2012 | Green
David Halperin

Last week, the lobby group the American Petroleum Institute held a red carpet film screening in Washington. Such fancy film events are held regularly in D.C., but few come with as sexy a title as the "hydraulic fracturing event of the summer."

Senate Refuses to Debate the DISCLOSE Act

Elisabeth MacNamara | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Elisabeth MacNamara

Voters will not stand by and let our political system be corrupted by unlimited secret money. Tell us where the money is coming from and let the voters decide.

Make 'Em Pay

Jim Worth | Posted 09.17.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

A message must also be sent to Rove, the Kochs, Romney and the Supreme Court that we are not for sale. This should start by telling Congress that the DISCLOSE Act is a necessary first step to preserving our democracy and the integrity of our elections.

The Slick "No Labels" Plan to Duck Debate, Cut Social Security and Coddle the 1%

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

No Labels is the creation of overpaid political insiders who work hand-in-glove with longtime opponents of Social Security and Medicare, pushing the agenda of the wealthiest among us by exploiting the public's understandable frustration with gridlocked government.