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Paul Blumenthal

'We've Completely Won The Debate On The Problem Of Money In Politics'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Campaign finance reformers are taking their policy efforts to the hustings, raising millions of dollars in an unprecedented push to supp...

Massachusetts Does Not Need More Money in Politics: Why State Legislators Should Not Increase Campaign Contribution Limits

John Bonifaz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
John Bonifaz

If Massachusetts legislators want to double the contribution limits in state politics, they should, in the light of day, create a stand-alone bill to do that and try to pass it. But, they should not bury it in a disclosure bill and call it reform.

Paul Blumenthal

Cuomo Under Fire For Meddling In Anti-Corruption Panel He Created

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is under fire from good government groups and his potential Democratic primary opponent after a New York ...

Paul Blumenthal

Tech Titans From Both Parties Get Behind Super PAC To End All Super PACs

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Big-name technology titans from different ideological backgrounds are backing a super PAC formed by Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig to...

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...

Finishing the Job Teddy Roosevelt Started: Public Financing of Elections

Andrew M. Cuomo | Posted 07.06.2014 | New York
Andrew M. Cuomo

Supreme Court rulings from Citizens United to the recent McCutcheon case have made a mockery of campaign finance reform and opened the floodgates. Two in three Americans say they trust government less because big Super PAC donors have so much more influence than they do. One in four say they are less likely to vote as a result.

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.

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...

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...

Warren Pushes New York To 'Go, Go, Go' On Progressive Policies

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Politics

In her first public appearance in New York City since she was elected in 2012, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) inserted her voice into state debates o...

Sustainable City Building

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

The challenge of global warming is no longer the science, or the rate of innovation, but the rate of implementation: We have the clean solutions, now let's bundle them and install them.

Paul Blumenthal

We Knew New York Was Corrupt, But We Didn't Know It Was This Bad

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a sweeping indictment of New York politics, a commission empaneled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to investigate official corruption in the...

Spending $60 Million to Save $1 Billion

Karen Scharff | Posted 01.31.2014 | New York
Karen Scharff

We are told that the state gives these tax breaks to "grow the economy and create jobs." But too often that's just a cover. Really, decisions are not being made to benefit all of us, but rather to take care of big campaign donors, regardless of any public benefit.

Paul Blumenthal

The New Campaign Finance Reformers Look To Jump-Start A Movement

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

COLUMBIA, Md. -- The 2014 election is over a year away, but even so Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) found himself standing in late July in the recessed liv...

North Carolina Legislature Repeals Popular 'Voter Owned Elections' Program

Adam Smith | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Adam Smith

On Thursday night, the North Carolina House gave final approval to an anti-democracy elections overhaul bill that makes it harder to vote, allows more money into the political system, and repeals the state's public financing laws.

Paul Blumenthal

Big Defeat For Campaign Finance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New York state's comprehensive campaign finance reform, including public election financing, failed Thursday night in the state Senate. ...

Paul Blumenthal

Progressives Press House Dems On Big Issue

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A coalition of progressive leaders, including MoveOn.org Executive Director Anna Galland, Rebuild the Dream President Van Jones and Dail...

Paul Blumenthal

Governor's Big Push Against Big Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Appearing above a banner that read "Restoring Public Trust" Tuesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) introduced a comprehensive campaign ...

Paul Blumenthal

Can New York Fix Its Campaign Finance Laws?

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fake hundred dollar bills rained down on the New York State Senate in Albany on Wednesday as protesters called for the passage of campai...

Why Big Money Still Won in 2012

Jonathan Backer | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Backer

“We got way too excited over money in the 2012 elections,” Washington Post columnist Ezra Klein argued at a conference on money in politic...

Paul Blumenthal

Campaign Finance Reform Faces Notorious Hurdle

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

In downtown New York City on Wednesday, state Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, launched the first of four public ...

It Takes a Democracy Movement

Calvin Sloan | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Calvin Sloan

"It's not that the system is broken," says the conservative populist Governor Buddy Roemer, "it's that it's bought." The question that logically follows is what we, the American people, can do about it. How can we remove the corroding influence of money in politics?

Cuomo Can Fix New York's 'Pay to Play' Reputation and Set National Example

Michael Keegan | Posted 06.29.2013 | New York
Michael Keegan

The state of New York has become an embarrassing example of what can happen when money is allowed to rule politics. But New York and its governor, Andrew Cuomo, now have an opportunity to shed the state's pay-to-play image.

Paul Blumenthal

N.C. Gov, Mini-Koch Target 'Clean Elections'

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In early 2011, after Republicans swept into power in both houses of the North Carolina state legislature, the conservative John Locke Fo...

Paul Blumenthal

State Advances Campaign Finance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After letting its public campaign financing system become obsolete, Hawaii is finally moving forward with a bill to bring the 30-year-ol...