Money In Politics

Despite no health care ruling—tune in on Thursday for that—it was a big day at the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to the Arizona immigration case, there were two very significant rulings for our democracy. First, the Court continued down its recent path of manipulating the rules for...
Sherlock Holmes famously solved a mystery by noting the significance of the dog that didn’t bark – the dog’s silence suggested that the murderer could not have been a stranger.  Today, the “dog that didn’t bark” is the Supreme Court, which took no public...
Heather C. McGhee appeared on MSNBC's "Now with Alex Wagner" to discuss the widening wealth gap, growing influence of lobbyists, and disinvestment in journalism.  Professional Lobbyists Encourage Hysteria   The Upward Wealth Trend   Journalism Checks Power-Brokers
If you’re visiting a candidate this summer and looking for a thoughtful house gift, might we suggest a nice Super PAC? Thanks to the Supreme Court and Citizens United, they’re all the rage among the mega-wealthy. All it takes is a little paperwork and a wad of cash and presto, you can have, as The...
Speaking in Arkansas last night shortly after President Obama awarded him the Medal of Freedom, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens addressed the controversial Citizens United decision.   Stevens dissented vigorously in the case, so his continued critique is not surprising. More...
Can technology rescue democracy from grip of the 1 percent? Can we text our way to fairer elections? Lobbyists, wealthy donors and the new Super PACs dominate U.S. elections. The Supreme Court has sharply limited solutions by turning the First Amendment into a tool that these well-heeled interests...
Washington, D.C. -- The United States Supreme Court should not summarily reverse the decision of the Montana Supreme Court upholding a state law restricting corporate spending in Montana elections, argue former acting Solicitor General Walter Dellinger and Professor James Sample of Hofstra Law...
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It’s hard to imagine that an industry that has spent over $28 million on federal and state campaign contributions this election cycle alone would be victimized by government regulation, but that is the cry coming from the oil and gas industry. Well, more accurately, that is the cry coming...
A record number of people agree: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should regulate corporate political spending. As of today, more than 178,000 comments have flowed into the agency, thanks largely to the unique bedfellows in our Corporate Reform Coalition, which includes ...
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I'm not generally big on tax cuts. For reasons my colleagues at Demos and The American Prospect explore here, we should generally be collecting more revenue (not less) to invest in the types of public goods (infrastructure, education, basic research) that the private sector simply won't produce at...
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