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Hundreds Rally In US Against Big Money In Politics

Police in Washington DC have arrested dozens of protesters who were staging a sit-in outside the US Congress meant to raise awareness about corporate influence in American politics.

April 11, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive on stage ahead of the PBS NewsHour Democratic presidential candidates debate in Milwaukee

His Respected Friend: But What Does Bernie Really Think Of Hillary?

It is wrong to accuse Clinton of “pay for play” when the available evidence doesn’t support that accusation. And if Sanders wants to hold her to a standard of absolute purity, he should apply that same measure to himself.

February 13, 2016
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Unhappy Anniversary: How Anthony Kennedy Flooded Democracy With ‘Sewer Money’

On today’s anniversary of the ‘Citizens United’ decision, which exposed American democracy to increasing domination by the country’s very richest and most reactionary figures, it is worth recalling the false promise made by the Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in that case.

January 21, 2016
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How Much ‘Free Speech’ Can You Buy?

If political speech is measured by money then by definition speech is not “free.” It can be bought, thereby giving the most speech to the few with the most money. That’s plutocracy, not democracy.

October 28, 2015
U.S. Republican candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks during the Heritage Action for America presidential candidate forum in Greenville

It’s Getting Harder To Tell What Separates A Super PAC From A Candidate’s Campaign

Many of the super PACs and the campaigns are run by a revolving door of close friends and staffers, ensuring that the two sides share a common playbook even when they avoid tripping over the vague Federal Election Commission rules banning coordination.

October 12, 2015
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Super-Rich Donors Turn Our Democracy Into Their Plutocracy

The real candidates are a small but powerful coterie of multimillionaire corporate executives and billionaires who fund secretive presidential super PACs that can determine who gets nominated.

August 12, 2015

5 Reasons Donald Trump Is A Public Service Announcement Against Conservative Politics

If there’s any value to this farce, it’s that Donald Trump continues to accidentally reveal essential truths about the Republican Party.

August 10, 2015

Inside Story: Behind Trump’s Breakup With Consultant Roger Stone

The tumultuous split between Roger Stone and Donald Trump erupted from internal divisions in the real estate mogul’s presidential campaign — and now disreputable operative David Bossie may fill the strategic vacuum.

August 9, 2015
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The New Holy Grail Of Republican Primaries

The penumbras and emanations of Citizens United are changing the Republican campaign game.

July 30, 2015

Join The Spreading Rebellion Against Big Money’s Political Game

Today’s whole political game, run by an absurdist’s nightmare of moneyed elites, is ridiculous.

July 22, 2015

Here’s How You Buy Out A Democracy

This is how democracies die: not with a bang, but through the quiet election of officials who put ideology ahead of principle.

July 17, 2015
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The Venality Of The 2016 Presidential Election

It’s the Money Primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors.

July 15, 2015

The Dark Politics Of Dark Money

How to reconcile Citizens United, which gave corporations the same rights as individuals with regard to political speech while shielding them for any accountability for that speech?

July 1, 2015

The Incomparable Chutzpah Of David Bossie, Failed Dirty Trickster

David Bossie lacks the skill and style of a truly dangerous gremlin like Roger Stone – and his rote recitations of old “scandal” memes aren’t difficult to refute.

June 4, 2015
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5 Things You Need To Know About The 2016 Election — Before It’s Too Late

So does this next election rise to the level of “the most important in our lifetime”? I argue “Hell, yes!” for the reasons that follow.

June 1, 2015
Doug Hughes flies gyrocopter to Capitol building

A Letter Carrier’s Special Delivery to Congress

Doug Hughes is one gutsy mailman. This letter carrier boldly flew his tiny, homemade, gyrocopter right through our nation’s most restricted airspace.

May 27, 2015
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Bernie Sanders, Independent Senator, Formally Announces Presidential Run

Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, has made no secret of his intention to enter the presidential race. On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, before a boisterous crowd on the shore of Lake Champlain, he made it official.

May 26, 2015
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Democrats Embrace ‘Citizens United’ In Defense Of Clinton

Democrats were outraged with the Citizens United ruling. But after learning about the firms donating to Clinton’s foundation, they’re suddenly OK with it

May 1, 2015
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Possible Challengers Critique Hillary Clinton From The Sidelines

They’re not in it to win it themselves — not yet, at least — but possible Democratic primary challengers to Hillary Clinton had plenty to say on Sunday about the newly announced presidential candidate.

April 20, 2015
Doug Hughes flies gyrocopter to Capitol building

Pilot Lands Gyrocopter At Capitol In Apparent Protest; Charges Pending

The tiny aircraft flew in low over the National Mall, whizzing past a row of trees and a statue of Ulysses S. Grant, as a group of onlookers stood by. Both houses of Congress were in session at the time.

April 16, 2015

Florida Man Lands Gyrocopter On U.S. Capitol Lawn As Protest

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stay a Florida mailman from his gyrocopter to the U.S. Capitol.

April 15, 2015
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in National Harbor, Md. Cruz announced his presidential bid Monday. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Will Ted Cruz Super PACs Usher In New Frontier Of Donor Influence?

One of the constellation of committees appears to be underwritten by Republican mega-donor Robert Mercer and his family. Campaign lawyers said the arrangement is unlike anything they’ve ever seen before.

April 9, 2015
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Citizens United Files New Lawsuit Seeking State Department Watchdog Documents

Citizens United sues the State Department in its attempt to seize Hillary’s emails.

March 27, 2015
Photo: President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Washington, as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio Look on. (NASA/Bill Ingalls via Flickr)

Taxpayer Dollars And Disclosure In Politics

President Obama could act today to curtail the destructive influence of dark money. Why won’t he?

March 18, 2015
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (Michael Vadon via Flickr)

Christie Political Team Is Raising The Stakes

Meet some of the men who are going to pay to try to revive Chris Christie’s presidential hopes.

March 13, 2015
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