Money In Politics

Credit: Flickr/PatjaAlbany is often considered the poster-child for shady governance. It's been called "a swamp of intrigue and corruption" among other things. There's now a legitimate chance to change all of that in one fell swoop. An impressive and ambitious coalition of civic groups, former...
04/13/2012
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Screenshot of an anti-Gingrich ad from the Romney CampaignAnyone with a television knows that the post-Citizens United election world has delivered not just unlimited spending from wealthy donors, but also a seemingly unlimited threshold for negativity in campaign advertisements. The numbers are...
03/29/2012
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The most common critique of Citizens United is that it allows corporations to wield ever greater influence in our democracy -- on top of the considerable power business already had before the Supreme Court decision in 2010. More recently, during the Republican primary, critics of Citizens United...
03/26/2012
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At yesterday’s Equal Rights Amendment rally, Republican Congressman Richard Hanna offered some intriguing advice: I think these are very precarious times for women, it seems. So many of your rights are under assault. . . I'll tell you this: Contribute your money to people who speak out on...
03/23/2012
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Hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin Billionaires say the darndest things. On Tuesday, active Super PACs were required to file fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission. The results are could be described as shocking if they were actually at all surprising.  As everyone knows,...
03/23/2012
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The outcome of Super Tuesday confirmed what we already know: Republicans voters aren’t hugely enthusiastic about any of their choices this primary season. And in even worse news for Republicans, independent voters now hold very negative views of the GOP candidates -- as a new Washington...
03/07/2012
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“I’m against very wealthy ­people attempting to or influencing elections”  You might think this statement was made by Buddy Roemer, or a member of Occupy Wall Street. But you’d be wrong. Sheldon Adelson – who with his wife contributed a campaign-saving $10...
02/27/2012
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