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Pay To Play: Ecuador Family Wins Favors After Donations to Democrats

The New York Times | FRANCES ROBLES | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

MIAMI — The Obama administration overturned a ban preventing a wealthy, politically connected Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after...

Pay-to-Play Restrictions on Government Contracting Under Assault

Craig Holman | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Craig Holman

Pay-to-play restrictions constitute desperately-needed government contracting reform -- designed to preserve the integrity of the government contracting process and save taxpayer dollars -- not campaign finance reform. Even the Roberts Court may well see this.

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.

The Pay 2 Play Board Game, More Realistic Than Monopoly!

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Something about the game Monopoly seemed like the right metaphor for our priced-out political process -- perhaps because the player with the most money wins, just like in almost all elections.

Our Pay to Play System, Embodied by Beanie Babies

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

It rocked the swing state of Ohio right after a disputed election, toppled the state's one-party rule, and ended the Taft legacy that included a President, a U.S. Senator, a Supreme Court Justice. And it started with Beanie Babies.

Playing Monopoly With Our Lives

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.22.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Perhaps it is the warm memories of playing with siblings that obscures what the game's objectives are, how it is played, and the lessons it imparts. For one, there is the object of the game itself, plainly stated: The winner is the last player left in the game, having driven their opponents into bankruptcy.

Three Years Later, What Has Come of Occupy Wall Street?

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

"WE ARE THE 99%" became the rallying cry of a generation. The simplicity and inclusivity was said to be worthy of Madison Avenue. At once the conversation had shifted, and in that discourse, a word started coming up that used to seem unspeakable: class.

We Can Put An End to Pay to Play

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

What is Pay to Play? Commonly held, pay to play is a form of getting a special deal because you paid someone off.

Two Former State Attorneys General Arrested For Corruption

Reuters | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics

By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY, July 15 (Reuters) - FBI agents arrested two former Utah attorneys general at their homes on Tuesday...

Paul Blumenthal

Bombshell Corruption Case Shines Merciless Light On How Politicians Raise Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- California state Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat running for secretary of state, was arrested March 26 as part of a wide-ranging federal inv...

In Defense of the Student-Athlete

Emily Layden | Posted 04.28.2014 | Sports
Emily Layden

The popular dialogue surrounding college sports too often gets around to this single, gross generalization: Athletes are not capable of the same academic achievement as their non-athlete counterparts.

Christina Wilkie

Christie's Mansion Fund Collected Millions From Political Favor Seekers

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In January 2010, as newly elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) took office, there was a major change at the top of the Drumthwacke...

What Metra and Transit Agency Improvements Will We Achieve?

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 10.20.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

With news of another group looking at fixing our transit oversight in Illinois, we wonder what will be the legacy of the Metra Memogate? What will we have accomplished?

I'll Have What She's Having: How a So-called Retirement Expert Would Worsen Our Retirement

Jane White | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business
Jane White

If public pensions are run professionally why did the SEC vote in 2009 to curb "pay to play" practices among public sector pension managers?

'Pay-to-Play' Corruption: Chevron, Campaign Contributions and Government Contracts

Craig Holman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Craig Holman

At the height of the 2012 elections, Chevron Corp. gave an unprecedented $2.5 million campaign contribution to a super PAC intimately tied to House Speaker John Boehner. The problem: Chevron Corp. is a government contractor.

Matt Sledge

House Candidate Hit With 'Pay-To-Play' Allegations

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A new report is raising questions about California House candidate Eric Swalwell's relationship with campaign contributors -- but a spokes...

Understanding Pay-To-Play Academics

Charles Ferguson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Business
Charles Ferguson

Over the last thirty years, in parallel with deregulation and the rising power of money in American politics, significant portions of American academia have deteriorated into "pay to play" activities. No where is this more pronounced than in the realm of economics.

John Celock

Chris Christie Ally Proposes Curtailing Unions' Political Clout

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

A close legislative ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is planning to introduce a bill that would curtail the political power of unions in the...

Michael McAuliff

Tea Party Candidate Seen Doing Business With Campaign Donors

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More details have emerged about Republican Indiana Senate challenger Richard Mourdock taking campaign donations from people who may have...

Once Again, Academics Get an F When It Comes to Retirement Math

Jane White | Posted 06.19.2012 | Money
Jane White

As an advocate for 401(k) participants, the only thing more frustrating for me than not being able to get Capitol Hill to make the plans walk and talk like pensions is tackling "innumeracy" on the part of academics who portray themselves as experts.

Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes -- Documentary Examines Impact of Citizens United

Joan Brunwasser | Posted 12.24.2011 | Entertainment
Joan Brunwasser

The era of digital video and social media don't make citizen journalism possible, but mandatory. PAY 2 PLAY explores ways to reclaim our campaigns from the highest bidder.

Is Public Education Still Free If It Costs Money?

Posted 07.29.2011 | Education

An Ohio school district is the latest to implement a controversial "pay to play" policy, reports The Wall Street Journal. Medina Senior High, faced wi...

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Wonderland

Robert Weissman | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Weissman

It's a good rule of thumb: If the U.S. Chamber of Commerce -- the trade association for large corporations -- is whipped up about something, there's p...

Dear Legislators, Support Education and Avoid Being the Next Ozymandias, King of Kings

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jessica Levinson

There must be a way to exert influence beyond one's reign or term. And, of course, there is. Education.

Ex-'Car Czar' Reportedly Close To Settlement On Pay-To-Play Scandal

AP | MARCY GORDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday postponed a vote to settle a case with the Obama administration's former auto in...