Money In Politics

As the Republican presidential candidates gather tonight, it’s worth noting where they’re debating. Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, the biggest outside spenders in the 2012 election, own the casino where CNN will host the debate, and have been meeting with several of the candidates to decide who to...
12/15/2015
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The second democratic debate is approaching on Saturday, and the American people want to know: if elected, what will the candidates do to get big money out of our democracy? In a recent WSJ/NBC poll, 69% of respondents said they “feel angry because our political system seems to only be working for...
11/13/2015
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Yesterday, Sen. Sanders offered a solid, detailed plan to combat big money in politics. His proposal means that heading into Saturday’s debate all three Democratic candidates now have specific policy agendas aimed at addressing the unprecedented influx of big money into U.S. elections. “It’s...
11/13/2015
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On Saturday, the New York Times ran a front-page article about how the endorsement of a single billionaire may significantly shift the dynamics of the Republican presidential primary in Marco Rubio’s favor.  The article serves as a perfect exposé on the profoundly undemocratic power of...
11/05/2015
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Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton will release the names of her top bundlers, wealthy people who have reached the individual contribution limit and therefore volunteer to collect checks from their rich friends to give to candidates in a “bundle.” Many bundlers bring in millions—in 2008, bundlers who...
07/14/2015
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$4.6 billion. According to the analysis of Americans for Financial Reform, that’s the amount the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has returned to over 12 million Americans who have been harmed by the illegal, deceptive, and discriminatory practices of financial services companies. And the...
01/23/2015
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On the day before the fifth anniversary of Citizens United, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, which asks whether a rule that prohibits candidates for judicial office from personally soliciting campaign funds violates the First Amendment. At its core, the...
01/20/2015
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Walmart is under scrutiny after claims that their political action committee is using illegal methods to persuade employees to donate to its PAC. The complaint, filed with the FEC, alleges that Walmart is breaking federal election law by matching employee donations to Walmart's PAC with a...
12/16/2014
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As turmoil surrounds a potential shutdown around provisions to roll back critical parts of Dodd-Frank, there's new evidence that Wall Street holds more influence than ever in Washington. In an update to their political spending report released today, the indefatigable Americans for Financial Reform...
12/11/2014
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No matter who wins each of the hundreds of elections today, one thing's for sure: a relative handful of large donors and spenders are setting the agenda and terms of debate, while the rest of us are on the sidelines. Matea Gold has a great piece in today's Washington Post highlighting the latest...
11/04/2014
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