Money In Politics

In theory, Congress should pass laws and legislation (which hit a record low in 2013)—and in a representative democracy, its members should listen to constituents and reflect their concerns and priorities. Yet we’ve shown how Congress prioritizes and advances the priorities of the...
03/12/2014
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As we wait for the Supreme Court to rule on McCutcheon v. FEC, which would strike down aggregate campaign contribution limits, a series of stories have come out highlighting how much damage money is doing to our democracy and our economy. In short: a lot. A ProPublica investigation found that...
01/17/2014
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The Trayvon Martin case and subsequent focus on Stand Your Ground laws brought the right-wing group, ALEC, into the mainstream. ALEC pushes legislation and policy at the state level advocating for limited government, free markets and federalism. For decades, ALEC operated somewhat under the radar...
12/09/2013
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The co-chair of the Moreland Commission set up to investigate campaign finance issues in New York, William Fitzpatrick, is a Republican, fiscal conservative, and a recent convert to public financing. Fitzpatrick stated, “If the money's not there, I'm inclined not to spend it. But in reality, based...
11/13/2013
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Since Citizens United unleashed a flood of corporate money into federal election campaigns, the public has been justifiably outraged at the ability of large economic institutions to wield undue political power.  Democracy, after all, should write the rules for capitalism—not the other way...
11/08/2013
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The story of this past election, and really the past several elections, is one of how much money floods our electoral system. The 2012, post-Citizen’s United election was the most expensive election in history and even though 2013 was an off-year election cycle, there was no shortage of spending....
11/07/2013
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On The Ed Show, Demos Vice President of Policy and Outreach Heather McGhee joined the panel in discussing Ted Cruz' behavior regarding the Affordable Care Act. Rather than pointing exclusively to party politics, McGhee points out: This is a man whose campaign was fueled by The Club for...
10/22/2013
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Yesterday, it looked like moderates in the House of Representatives, led by John Boehner, had finally concocted a plan to avert a default and end the government shutdown. Then the plan went down in flames. The deal, the result of weeks of haggling, removed proposals to defund Obamacare and left in...
10/16/2013
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In an "Opinionator" piece in Sunday's New York Times, Joseph Stiglitz made the important point that economic inequality is the result of political decisions, not inescapable global conditions. His evidence is that while certain countries (the U.S. lead among them) have allowed the gap between the...
10/15/2013
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As the government shutdown continues well into the second week and we rapidly approach our debt ceiling, it’s hard not be cynical about the political process and our government, generally. After all, Congressmen are still getting paid while thousands of government employees are not. And, it’s not...
10/11/2013
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