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Midterms 2014: An Extremely Brief Autopsy

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The electorate that votes in midterm elections is older and whiter and looks more like the viewership of The O'Reilly Factor than anything that accurately reflects the true racial and ethnic diversity of this country.

#WordsMatter: The Sticks and Stones of the 2012 Election and Our Political Discourse

Angela Rye | Posted 01.20.2013 | Politics
Angela Rye

How do we foster accountability for political speech? Because simply put: words matter. And words have been particularly important during this year's presidential election cycle.

The One-Two Punch That Defeated CA's Political Vets

Los Angeles Daily News | Dakota Smith | Posted 01.12.2013 | Los Angeles

As Californians entered the voting booths, many likely believed they were in charge, pulling the levers of power with their ballots. But Tuesday's el...

Are Small Online Donors the Key (and Largely Overlooked) Factor in the Presidential Race?

Colin Delany | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Colin Delany

Plenty of factors shaped the race and put us where we are now: the economy, the debates, the conventions and even the weather. But one fundamental fact has driven the campaigns' tactics and strategy behind the scenes, in Obama's case from the beginning of the race.

The Death Knell of Political Spin

Steve Young | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Steve Young

The conservative media dug up a 1996 video purported to show that Obama was a socialist. Nothing. They tried to resurrect the controversy over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Nada. "We built that!" -- a waste of the convention banner budget.

Saki Knafo

The Super PAC For People Who Hate Super PACS

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

Two years ago, the Supreme Court's Citizen United ruling and birth of the super PAC helped the Tea Party Republicans take over Congress. This year, a ...

Saki Knafo

Inspired By Swift Boat Campaign That Upended Father's Presidential Bid, Alexandra Kerry Creates Media Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics

When Alexandra Kerry first learned that a group of Vietnam veterans had started a smear campaign against her father, she was standing in front of a ba...

What Ohio Wants

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Daniel Moulthrop

I'm not sure what happens in other states, but here, it goes beyond radio and television. At a party last weekend, the tunes on Pandora were interspersed with messages about the importance of somebody's China policy.

Romney Gets Firepower In Unlikely Places

AP | BETH FOUHY and PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 09.26.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- New Republican-leaning independent groups entered the presidential advertising fray Wednesday as polling suggests Mitt Romney's campaign m...

Money Is Winning This Election

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.21.2012 | Business

Thing One: Dash For Cash: Ladies and gentlemen, this is the democracy you bought. With just a month and a half to go before the election, instead o...

The Speech That Would Nail Obama's Victory

Carol DeChant | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Carol DeChant

In recognition that both parties are spending --with the help of PACs--an estimated $10 billion from now until election day, primarily on TV ads to sway voters, here's the speech that could guarantee a victory for President Obama.

Democratic National Convention Rakes In Corporate Cash

AP | MICHAEL BIESECKER | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Shortly after last year's high-profile announcement that the 2012 Democratic National Convention would be the first in history not ...

Fair Elections for NY: Make It There, It'll Make It Anywhere

Jonathan Backer | Posted 07.17.2012 | New York
Jonathan Backer

As Lawrence Lessig says, "It is as if America ran two elections every cycle, one a money election and one a voting election. To get to the second, you need to win the first. But to win the first, you must keep that tiniest fraction of the one percent happy."

Corporate Primacy Causes People Poverty

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.18.2012 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Do Americans want a government of the people by the people for the people? Or do Americans want a government of the corporations by the corporations for the corporations, one dedicated to the proposition that the rich are better than everyone else?

The Super Heroes vs the Super PACs

Harvey Rosenfield | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Harvey Rosenfield

Looking for the Avengers? If we are going to preserve our democracy against this final assault, citizens are going to have to become the superheroes.

Super PAC Ad Aimed At Latinos Ties Romney To Arpaio, Brewer

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

A left-leaning super PAC is aiming to broaden Mitt Romney's struggle with Latino voters in a television ad buy in Arizona that ties the candidate to S...

Will Power to the People (to Remix, That Is) Offset the Super PACs?

Bill Lichtenstein | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Bill Lichtenstein

It didn't take long. On the heels of the Jimmy Fallon appearance by President Obama, an attack ad hit the Internet and the airwaves, depicting President Obama as a celebrity president whose policies had failed young people.

People Of Color Less Likely To Vote Due To Super PAC Influence

colorlines.com | Posted 06.26.2012 | Black Voices

t's becoming more difficult for people to see how their vote is going to matter in the 2012 election. When states are increasingly passing voter ID la...

Spending Spotlight

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 06.02.2012 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

A company's political spending is relevant information to current and potential shareholders who are deciding where to invest their money.

Mayor Bloomberg: You Can Save Our Democracy - Will You?

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Mr. Mayor: my request, no plea, to you is to invest $3 billion of your fortune to save our democratic institutions from the corruption brought on by Citizens United in the following way.

How Howard Pew's Vision Gestated Rick Santorum -- and Lessons for Progressive Philanthropy

Maxim Thorne | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Maxim Thorne

As we witness the tentacles of the Supreme Court's decision in Citizen's United v. the FEC, I wonder at the walls being torn down between corporation and individual giving.

Zach Carter

GOP Senator Gives $500,000 To Corporate Welfare Recipient's Super PAC

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on Tuesday led a conservative Senate bloc opposing a government loan program on the grounds that it functioned ...

Is the Dollar Mightier Than the Vote?

Scott Warren | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Scott Warren

If the 2012 election involves way too much money and way too little substance, we have no one but ourselves to blame.

How Corporate Lobbyists Stole the Conservative Brand

Josh Silver | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

Real conservative Americans should be seriously irked after the Heartland document leak. Think tanks like Heartland falsely brand themselves as conservative while blindly espousing a free market free-for-all that history proves as untenable.

Calling Wealthy Democrats

Brent Budowsky | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Citizens United destroys the American notion of citizenship by creating separate and unequal classes of Americans. It creates a de facto American House of Lords, in which all other Americans are relegated to second-class citizenship.