Money In Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that next term it will hear McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a challenge to limits on the amount of money that a single person may contribute to all federal candidates and parties over a two-year election cycle, known as aggregate...
02/21/2013
Blog
Tax reform may be moving to the front burner of Congress this year, if two powerful committee chairs get their way, according to Politico. Should this happen, get ready for a fierce battle over the charitable tax deduction, a large and obvious target for reformers looking for revenue. The...
02/20/2013
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We’ve highlighted how the U.S. media leads the world in the amount of time given to climate deniers, even though nearly 80 percent of Americans believe in climate change. Now the Guardian reports that conservative billionaires funneled nearly $120 million to more than 100 groups to promote...
02/14/2013
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We should be done by now with the idea that a corporation is a single thing. Corporations contain a multitude of conflicting interests and are much more like miniature governments with their own governance structures and election systems than is commonly recognized.  While these structures are...
02/05/2013
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Cecilia Tkaczyk’s victory is the latest sign that New Yorkers want a different campaign system and they want it now. Tkaczyk challenged a millionaire Assemblyman in a GOP-gerrymandered district and yet, despite a cash disadvantage and little name recognition, she managed to win by 19 votes....
01/24/2013
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Washington, DC: Today, a petition on the White House website urging President Obama to “use the State of the Union to call for a constitutional amendment to get big money out of politics” exceeded the 25,000 signatures necessary to guarantee an official White House response.  The petition...
01/24/2013
Press Release
The Hill reports today that ExxonMobil will contribute $250,000 to President Obama's inauguration. This is the same ExxonMobil that tends to donate overwhelmingly to Republicans who favor a range of policies that help the fossil fuel industry. It's the same ExxonMobil that has spent $179 million on...
01/18/2013
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When was the last time you contributed $1,000 to a political candidate or cause?  If you’re like most people, the answer is “Never—if I have that kind of money it’s in the college savings account.” Well, candidates for the U.S. Senate this election got nearly 64%...
01/17/2013
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The first presidential election since Citizens United lived up to its hype, with unprecedented outside spending from new sources making headlines. Demos and U.S. PIRG Education Fund analysis of reports from campaigns, parties, and outside spenders to the Federal Election Commission found that our...
01/17/2013
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