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Fighting for Our Political Voice

Larry Cohen | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Money isn't speech and corporations aren't people. Most people get that. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, however, political contributions by corporations and the richest Americans actually are free speech and entitled to special protection. Even when they're made in secret.

Kate Sheppard

Charles Koch Linked To Creation Of Nonprofit Defender Of Fossil Fuels: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Documents uncovered by Republic Report link billionaire Charles Koch to the formation of a nonprofit that would later become the Institu...

Further Unmasking Corporate Political Spending

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

More and more of the nation's leading companies are voluntarily adopting or strengthening their policies to provide for detailed disclosure of their political contributions. Yet they're having to do so against very strong opposition from their own leading trade associations.

For the Public Good? Nonprofits and Political Donations

Robert A.G. Monks | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Robert A.G. Monks

The recent brouhaha about the IRS unfairly scrutinizing conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status illustrates just how sticky -- and political -- nonprofit and charitable status has become.

Political Spending Reaches Record Highs

AP | STEVE PEOPLES | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics

BOSTON -- Operating with few rules and limited oversight, outside groups spent a record $1 billion to influence last year's election. Politicians of ...

Qualcomm Lawsuit Dropped

AP | MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 04.24.2013 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's comptroller has dropped his lawsuit against Qualcomm Inc. after the wireless technology company agreed to disclose mor...

WATCH: Congressman Introduces Constitutional Amendments To Repeal Citizens United

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.30.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern last Tuesday proposed two Constitutional amendments on the House floor that would overturn the Supreme Cour...

The Worst Political Ad on Television Isn't National

Lisa Diggs | Posted 10.01.2012 | Detroit
Lisa Diggs

Despite all of the backstabbing, petty, mean-spirited national ads I see, it's a quiet, local ad that annoys and saddens me the most. But as tired as we all are of the negativity, let us not lose sight of the importance of the opportunity that lies ahead.

Hispanic Media Calls For More Spanish-Language Political Spending

AP | SUZANNE GAMBOA | Posted 08.17.2012 | Latino Voices

WASHINGTON -- Just a month after Forbes Magazine recognized the Hispanic television market as "the next media jackpot," some are complaining that Hisp...

The Surprising Consequence Of Corporate Political Spending

Reuters | Posted 08.11.2012 | Business

* Researchers looked at donations, lobbying over 11 years * The more corporations spent, the worse they did financially ...

'Tis the Season of the Shareholders

Nell Minow | Posted 05.14.2012 | Business
Nell Minow

There are moral hazards and agency costs in the allocation of corporate funds. Experience has shown that executives will support policies that diminish shareholder returns. The term "capitalism" refers, after all, to the providers of capital.

Zach Carter

Bank of America Targeted By Protesters And Investors As SEC Weighs Political Spending Rule

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the Securities and Exchange Commission considers requiring corporations to disclose their political spending to shareholders, a coali...

America Tells the Securities Exchange Commission to Mandate Disclosure of Corporate Political Activity

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Jack Ucciferri

Our republic is being challenged by a powerful array of superhuman forces deeply embedded in the fabric of our culture -- large corporations. But today we got a piece of good news.

Paul Blumenthal

Corporations Try To Listen To Political Spending Outrage

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON -- Four miles north of the occupied Zuccotti Park, where protesters have urged an end to corporate influence in politics, business...

Boulder Vs. Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Andrea Rael | Posted 09.19.2011 | Denver

Deliberating into the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Boulder's City Council decided to have their city attorney draft a referendum to protest the U.S...

The People's Business

Adam Skaggs | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Adam Skaggs

Secret spending in elections is toxic. The Obama administration's draft executive order to increase transparency in political spending is a big step in the right direction. It is time for the president to sign it.

Don't Get "Target-ed": How Companies Can Limit Political Spending Risks

Bruce Freed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bruce Freed

What's even clearer in the wake of Citizens United and Target's experience is that any corporation engaging in political activity without disclosure and a rigorous governance oversight process heightens its exposure to risk.

The Political Marketplace

Jay Mandle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jay Mandle

Political ideas that do not attract wealthy advocates are effectively marginalized -- not because they are banned, but because they are not heard.

Voting Local Is the New Global

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Salzman

As a marketing and PR professional, I'm a strong advocate of the phrase "Local is the new global." (I am not, however, a huge fan of the jargon-y term...

Defend Democracy -- Make Companies Disclose Political Spending

Bill de Blasio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill de Blasio

The unparalleled level of anonymous influence permitted by Citizens United could jeopardize the passage of crucial banking reforms designed to rein in reckless Wall Street practices.

FEC To Shut Down Just As Primaries Begin

Washington Post | Matthew Mosk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The federal agency in charge of policing the torrent of political spending during the upcoming presidential primaries will, for all practical purposes...