Money In Politics

When thinking about campaign finance issues, I always like to step back and think about the following question, which really motivates much of my work: How can we ensure adequate representation in a democracy and, more to the point, how will a particular rule, regulation or decision impact...
01/23/2012
Press Release
Listening to a newly populist President Obama or to Mitt Romney, who touts his CEO past at every turn, it is tempting to imagine a 2012 election that unfolds as textbooks imagine, with Republicans speaking for business and Democrats standing up for the little guy. Don’t be fooled. A more...
01/20/2012
Blog
Citizens United, the misbegotten Supreme Court case granting corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections, has entered its terrible twos. Already, we've seen the first results of this Wild West approach to money in politics and it's not pretty. Everyone is using the...
01/20/2012
Blog
A Nelson hold is a wrestling move used to pin an opponent.  The Montana Supreme Court recently upheld its century old restrictions on corporate political spending, finding that the State had a compelling interest in protecting its state government from corruption, encouraging the full...
01/19/2012
Publication
Citizens United, the misbegotten Supreme Court case granting corporations the right to spend unlimited money to influence elections, has entered its terrible twos. Already, we've seen the first results of this Wild West approach to money in politics and it's not pretty. Everyone is using the...
01/19/2012
News/Resource
Two years ago the Supreme Court got it supremely wrong when it held that corporations had the  same rights as people to spend money in elections. Campaign finance laws protect our democracy from corruption and preserve the integrity of our elections.  These rules governing the use of...
01/19/2012
Publication
In the 2010 midterm elections, outside groups spent over $280 million. This was more than double the nearly $120 million spent by outside groups on Congressional elections in 2008, and more than five times the almost $54 million spent by outside groups in 2006. 
01/18/2012
Data Byte
Demos' Heather McGhee discusses how Super PACs will influence the 2012 election -- and describes why Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are making one of the strongest cases against Citizens United around.  
01/18/2012
Video
Sponsored by Demos, Free Speech for People, and the New York Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society this special breakfast discussion with Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow Bob Herbert and Jeff Clements on his new book, Corporations Are Not People, took place on January 12, 2012....
01/14/2012
Video
In politics, when someone accuses another of “dragging out a parade of horribles” it’s usually to censure her opponent for doomsday exaggeration.  But, as we approach the second anniversary of the case (January 21), I can’t think of a more accurate term for what...
01/13/2012
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