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Anthony Kennedy

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

Another Way To Mask Super Rich Donors

Most political donations from businesses are coming from little-known LLCs whose founders and officers often don’t have to be disclosed anywhere.

August 22, 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
U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Likely 2016 Presidential Candidates Put Money To Work Through Their PACs

The 2016 campaign hasn’t officially started, but the huge spending is well underway.

March 11, 2015
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Welcome To What The Supreme Court Wrought

Billionaire donors like the Koch brothers now have the equivalent of their own, private political party.

February 25, 2015

The New Normal: Kochs Plan Nearly $1 Billion Spending Spree In 2016

Find out how the Kochs plan to buy a new government in the next elections.

January 27, 2015
lady justice

The Repercussions Of ‘Citizens United’ Won’t End At Campaign Finance Law Or Religious Liberty

The negative impact of Citizens United is spreading — and there’s no end in sight.

January 14, 2015
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Watchdog Groups: Ex-Lawmakers Find Easy Ways Around Lobbying Curb

Former congressmen have little trouble finding loopholes to let them make big money as lobbyists.

January 13, 2015
Photo: Tobym via Flickr

New IRS Rules On Dark Money Likely Won’t Be Ready Before 2016 Election

There’s bad news for those who hope to rein in dark money in the 2016 elections.

January 7, 2015
Nothing is simple in world of ‘dark-money’ politics

Public Has Dark Opinion Of ‘Dark Money’ In Elections

The polls are clear: Americans want more transparency in political spending.

December 26, 2014
Business for Democracy

New Federal Budget Bill Lets Political Parties Cash In

Learn more about the new campaign finance regulations that sparked bipartisan fury.

December 16, 2014
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Spending Bill’s Campaign Finance Provision Puts More Money In Politics

Wealthy donors win big in the new spending bill. Again.

December 11, 2014
Americans for Prosperity, Duke Energy, GM, Koch brothers, Pat McCrory, Toyota

North Carolina Education Department Used Koch-Funded Group For Proposed History Lessons

Would you want the Koch brothers teaching your kids?

December 4, 2014
lady justice

Partisan Wave Fails To Swamp State Courts…This Time

Is our system of impartial justice in danger of collapse?

November 17, 2014
President Obama and first lady host "A Salute to the Troops" at the White House

Obama Can Reform Dark Money With A Stroke Of A Pen

President Obama could take a huge step towards disclosure without Congress. So why won’t he?

November 11, 2014

Democrats Lost The Big-Money Game In Midterm Elections

How big money helped buy the midterms for the GOP.

November 10, 2014
David Bossie

Endorse This: Citizens United To GOP: You’re Welcome

Watch the godfather of dark money take a victory lap after election day.

November 6, 2014

Election 2014: The Rise Of A Stealth Oligarchy

Dark money was the biggest winner of the midterms.

November 6, 2014
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Secret Donors Behind Some SuperPACs Funneling Millions Into Midterms

How dark money tried to buy the midterm elections.

November 3, 2014
Mark Begich

Alaska Senate Race Becomes Most Expensive Campaign In State’s History

How dark money is conquering the Last Frontier.

October 31, 2014
lady justice

Citizens United Threatens Right To A Fair Trial

Dark money’s pervasive effects reach far beyond Capitol Hill.

October 30, 2014
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How Does Campaign Financing Affect Polarization?

Find out what the record-shattering cost of this year’s midterms can tell us about the next Congress.

October 30, 2014
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A Kansas Group’s Push To Oust Judges Reveals A Gap In Campaign Finance Rules

Learn more about this “particularly egregious form of dark money.”

October 27, 2014
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Endorse This: The Koch Brothers Want You To Get High

See a Koch-linked dark money group’s best effort to reach out to young voters.

October 24, 2014
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Senate Race In North Carolina Could Be Nation’s Most Expensive Ever

You won’t believe the outrageous amount of money that’s been burned in the Tar Heel State.

October 20, 2014
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