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Money in Politics

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

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.02.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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 05.27.2014 | 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 05.19.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 05.05.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.18.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Government by the People, Not the Polluters

Courtney Hight | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Courtney Hight

Ever since the Supreme Court's disastrous decision in Citizens United v. FEC, big polluting, big money campaign donors have been allowed to wreak havoc on our democracy. Today, we're taking some important steps to fight back.

Paul Blumenthal

Democrats Rally Behind Reform Bill To Fight Big Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Democratic leaders joined together on Capitol Hill Wednesday to introduce a new campaign-finance reform bill to help lessen the in...

Ballot Initiatives Gone Wild

Jessica Levinson | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Want to change how many lawmakers it takes to pass the state's budget? Pass a ballot initiative. Want to change the definition of marriage? Pass a ballot initiative. Want to cut or increase taxes? Pass a ballot initiative.

Four Years After Citizens United: A Faith Perspective

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

Growing up, when I was taught that all people have inherent dignity, that all people were created in God's image, and that all people should have equal rights and opportunities, "all people" did not include corporations like ExxonMobil.

Scandal? Or Normal?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Maybe the real scandal is what's not considered scandalous! ...

How Major U.S. Companies Are Quietly Funneling Dark Money

Center for Public Integrity | Michael Beckel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

By Michael Beckel, Center for Public Integrity The U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010 did not, as...

Washington's Millionaire Boyz Club

Michael Winship | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Winship

An analysis of personal financial disclosure data by the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics reveals that "for the first time in history" a majority of senators and representatives are millionaires.