Campaign Finance

Donald Trump has gotten attention recently for his candor about our broken money in politics system. Trump claims he is so rich that he can’t be bought, and has suggested that other candidates are “puppets” for billionaire donors.  As Jon Stewart joked on one of his last episodes of The Daily...
09/02/2015
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost big yesterday to Tea Party candidate Dave Brat in his Virginia Republican primary. Cantor severely outspent his opponent (about 25-to-1), so some will point to this as an example of how campaign money doesn't matter. Thankfully, it's true that big spenders don...
06/11/2014
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Despite a year filled with corruption scandals, the New York State legislature failed to adopt a public financing program—a necessary step in removing the outsized influence of money in politics. Senate Democrats proposed a last minute amendment to another bill before the end of the legislative...
07/03/2013
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A new report from the Sunlight Foundation shows that post-Citizens United we are entering an era where political spending is dominated not by the 1 percent but by the top 1 percent of the 1 percent. In 2012, just 31,385 people contributed $1.68 billion in the election cycle. The median donation...
07/01/2013
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Last week, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced new disclosure requirements for “dark money” nonprofits. The proposed rules would require 501(c)(4) organizations that spend money on politics in New York State to reveal the donors behind their spending. The Los Angeles...
12/17/2012
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Tuesday’s race was the first presidential election to take place since Citizens United, and campaign spending this cycle exceeded $6 billion. With fundraising split roughly evenly between the two major parties, it was inevitable that some donors wouldn’t be able to buy the electoral...
11/08/2012
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Being a whistblower and exposing wrongdoing at large, well-established corporations is not all Erin Brokovich makes it out to be. The cases have traditionally been an uphill battle whose benefits, if any, come late. Americans may love a good David and Goliath battle, but the power of large...
10/07/2012
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On the first day of the Supreme Court’s term, while attention was focused on upcoming blockbuster constitutional cases on affirmative action in higher ed, a core provision of the Voting Rights Act, and marriage equality for same-sex couples, the Court quietly rejected a...
10/02/2012
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Congressman John Sarbanes was frustrated with the state of political fundraising in the wake of Citizens United, and looking for another way.  He'd heard about systems that increase the value of small contributions by matching them with public dollars—turning a $25 contribution into...
09/20/2012
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It seems like everyone agrees that reforming the tax system is a good idea. Progressives don't like how today's Swiss cheese tax code mainly helps the affluent, while conservatives don't like how our tax system picks winners and losers. Typical filers complain about the complexity of taxes --...
09/11/2012
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