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Hillary Clinton Talks Income Inequality, Critics Don’t Buy It

Every presidential election cycle heats up quicker than the last, with the dismaying inevitability of Christmas marketing in May.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



Senator Showdown: Reid v. McConnell in Campaign Finance Fight at Panel Hearing

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell faced off Tuesday to pitch their respective views about recent changes in campaign finance legislation to the Senate Judiciary Committee, with Reid pushing a constitutional amendment to offset the impact of big money in politics and McConnell pushing back.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Should She Stay or Should She Go? The Debate Over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Retirement

It should come as no surprise that Ginsburg is at the center of a roiling debate among left-leaning lawyers, scholars and legal commentators as to whether the time has come for her to retire in order to permit a Democratic president, Barack Obama, to nominate her successor. 

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: 7 Million Signed Up, SCOTUS Changes Campaign Finance

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists count 7 million Americans signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Also, the Supreme Court rules in favor of a conservative businessman and eliminates limits on aggregate campaign contributions.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE


Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE


Activist Says U.S. Using Terrorism Charges to Stifle Political Dissent

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why is the FBI harassing peace activists in the Midwest? Also: The Sunlight Foundation’s plan to fight money in politics, the mystery of Canada’s vanishing women, and the threat of big data.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE


The Top Is Off: McCutcheon Opens Floodgates for 1 Percent to Spend Millions

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Mother Jones investigative reporter Andy Kroll told “Democracy Now!” about “the next Citizens United”—the Supreme Court’s decision this Wednesday to eliminate a long-standing limit on how much donors can give to political candidates and causes.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Cliff Owen

Is It Time to Jump Down the First Amendment Rabbit Hole With Clarence Thomas?

It’s painful to say, but given the perverse logic of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions, Justice Clarence Thomas may be correct about the direction of federal campaign finance law.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



SCOTUS Hands Big Money Another Big Win With Campaign Finance Ruling

On Wednesday the United States Supreme Court further loosened restrictions on campaign funding, adding momentum to the money = speech (not to mention corporations are people too) rationale exemplified by the top court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: Who’s Buying Our Elections?

Bill Moyers interviews Kim Barker and Andy Kroll about the explosion of dark money spending in this year’s midterm elections, and the impact of looming Supreme Court decisions.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



Supreme Court Watch: Campaign Spending, Union Busting and the Subversion of the First Amendment

Although predicting the outcome of Supreme Court cases is never a sure thing, two decisions that may be handed down any day have the clear potential to transform the meaning of the First Amendment and once again expose the court’s radically pro-corporate and anti-union agenda.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Controls the Kochs’ Political Network?

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Bernie Sanders (Video)

In a Truthdig exclusive, the Vermont senator and avowed socialist discusses why the super-rich should support an amendment mandating the public funding of elections.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE


Bill Moyers on ‘Dark Money’s’ Influence on North Carolina

The treasured American broadcast journalist tells “Democracy Now!” how untraceable political donations have shoved North Carolina to the political right.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



Dinesh D’Souza Slapped With Campaign Fraud Charges

Onetime conservative wunderkind-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who brought “2016: Obama’s America” to the big screen in 2012, is now further entrenched in the world of dirty politics.

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Karl Rove’s Crossroads Group May Have Lied on Tax Filing Documents

ProPublica, which has been tracking Rove’s politician financing group, reports Monday that the organization apparently misstated what its beneficiary groups used the money for. And it wasn’t social welfare, as claimed.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Could Eliminate Campaign Caps on Individual Donors

An effort to remove the limits on total campaign contributions by a single donor is before the Supreme Court. Progressives predict the elimination will lead to an estimated $1 billion increase in giving over the next seven years by the top 1,219 donors from the 2012 election.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 READ MORE


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Using (and Reforming) the System

When it comes to policy, I fall into both of these camps—pro-Bloomberg on guns, but anti-Citizens United. And so I have been pondering the issue of consistency or, as some would see it, hypocrisy.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Jesse Jackson Jr. Loses the Right to Vote

Pleading guilty to fraud and facing as many as five years in prison, former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. tearfully acknowledged Wednesday that he was losing one of the rights for which his father fought.

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 READ MORE



The White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Flip-Flops on Money in Politics: A Brief History

When President Obama told supporters that he would morph his campaign into a new nonprofit that would accept unlimited corporate donations, the announcement set off a familiar round of griping from campaign finance reformers.

Posted on Feb 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Hillary Clinton Already Has a Super PAC Just in Case

Although the outgoing secretary of state declined a “60 Minutes” invitation to declare her intention to run in 2016, a pair of former Clinton fundraisers are already “ReadyForHillary,” as their aptly named super PAC would indicate.

Posted on Jan 28, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Top 10 Hits of Election 2012

This playlist sums up the winners and losers from the biggest political bash in the last four years.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Key Montana Senate Race Draws Deluge of Dark Money

Democratic incumbent Jon Tester is trying to keep his seat in a hotly contested race that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE



Ann Coulter’s Lame Defense, Lena Dunham’s Controversial Obama Ad, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Romney surrogate playing the race card and an interesting Electoral College proposal that could reshape the way presidential candidates campaign. 

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Secret’ Election Spending

Demonstrators recently took to the streets of Washington, D.C., to protest activities of the nonprofit business lobbying group, which one called “the poster child for Citizens United.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE


Dark Money and Citizens United: What Obama and Romney Would and Wouldn’t Do About It

With campaign finance limits rendered nearly meaningless, election spending is on pace to set records. Where does each presidential candidate stand on how to regulate money in politics?

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE


Dark Money Group Told IRS It Wouldn’t Be Political—Then Spent $1 Million on Campaign Ads

The Government Integrity Fund, which has spent money on ads attacking Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), told the IRS last year it did not plan to spend any money to influence elections when it applied for recognition of its tax-exempt status.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 READ MORE


Trevor Potter Talks Campaign Finance, Super PACs With Bill Moyers

The former Federal Election Commission chairman sits down with the “Moyers & Company” host to discuss the November ballot, the need to reform the campaign finance system and his well-known appearances on “The Colbert Report.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan, Corporate Darling

The bright-faced boy from Janesville and avowed man of the people has taken money from banksters, big insurance and the Koch brothers throughout his career, and has $5.4 million in the campaign chest—$2 million more than the next highest House member.

Posted on Aug 15, 2012 READ MORE



Ryan VP Buzz, Romney’s ‘War on Religion’ Charge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a new tax defense from Mitt Romney and what is possibly the most ridiculous claim ever about President Obama.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE


Karl Rove Plots His Return

Bloomberg Businessweek’s assistant managing editor, Paul Barrett, has written an article called “Karl Rove: He’s Back, Big Time,” about the torrent of campaign funds Rove has scared up for Republicans in the November elections.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Wants Donor Secrecy, Limbaugh Is Scared, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including an update on the messy voter purge in Florida and a “death panel” revival of sorts.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Court Rejects Montana Challenge to Citizens United

The U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed its controversial 2-year-old decision allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money in politics when it struck down a law in Montana banning such spending.

Posted on Jun 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Watergate 40th Anniversary, Obama Heckled and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the release of Deep Throat’s FBI file, a political convention fit for the Koch brothers and a Michigan state representative’s response to being blocked from speaking because of her “vagina” remark.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE


It’s One Person, One Vote, Not 1 Percent, One Vote

Gov. Scott Walker’s win signals less a loss for the unions than a loss for our democracy in this post-Citizens United era, when elections can be bought with the help of a few billionaires.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


Country for Sale

The word "takeaway" was first used in 1961, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. And then it was about Chinese restaurants. Now it is about everything, including elections.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE


Silent Running: The Burgeoning Wisconsin Scandal That Major Media Ignored

As millions of dollars in dark right-wing money pour into the state to preserve Gov. Scott Walker from his progressive opposition, it seems relevant that he and many top aides are under investigation in a campaign finance and corruption scandal that has been growing for two years.

Posted on Jun 7, 2012 READ MORE



Talk Radio News Service

Stevens Sees Eventual Collapse of Citizens United Ruling

Will Citizens United stand the test of time? John Paul Stevens, the former Supreme Court justice who led the dissent in the court’s highly controversial decision that eased restrictions on corporate donations in political campaigns, thinks the answer is “no.”

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE


The Amendment to End Citizens United

Last December, Rep. Ted Deutch, pictured, and Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced the OCCUPIED bill, a constitutional amendment aimed at addressing America’s campaign finance problem by overturning Citizens United. The acronym stands for “Outlawing Corporate Cash Undermining the Public Interest in our Elections and Democracy.”

Posted on Jun 2, 2012 READ MORE


Not So Free Love

Steve Brodner of The Washington Spectator imagines what it would be like for politicians and their wealthy donors to consummate their relationships. Like a car crash, it’s hard to look away.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



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With Spotlight on Super PACs, Nonprofits Escape Scrutiny

Recent nonprofit fundraising announcements hint at how secret money could factor into the upcoming election more directly than initially forecast after the U.S. Supreme Court opened the door to super PACs two years ago.

Posted on Feb 4, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Charlie Neibergall

Super PACs Super-Size Campaign Corruption

Given time and enough money, the super PACs and other secretive political campaign funds are capable of causing corruptive influence that could reach from the presidency down to the lowest ranked members of the House.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE



Doug Wilson

30 Companies Paid Lobbyists More Than the IRS

An analysis by Public Campaign reveals that between 2008 and 2010, 30 of America’s most profitable companies, including Verizon, Wells Fargo, FedEx, GE and Mattel, spent more money buying influence in Washington than they did paying taxes. (Full list after the jump.)

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE



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NYC Campaign Fundraiser Arrested on Alleged Fraud

A fundraiser for New York City Comptroller John C. Liu was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of misrepresenting the origins of campaign donations. The arrest bodes poorly for Liu—the city’s chief officer in charge of revenue and audits, pictured above—who is considered a possible successor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Cain Calls Sexual Harassment Claims ‘Totally False’

Moving swiftly to defend his name as ghosts of sexual harassment claims past revisited him, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain made the bold move Monday to go on Fox News for a little PR exorcism aided by the Murdochian news network. Cain was unequivocal in denying that he engaged in “sexually suggestive behavior” ... (more)

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



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Google’s Many Changes

With the simple dictum “don’t be evil” as its motto, the Internet software giant Google—which ranked as the third-highest lobbying spender in the tech industry in 2010—wages an aggressive image and relations campaign with an international public, and its strategy is evolving. (more)

Posted on Sep 26, 2011 READ MORE



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The Selling Out of Our Democracy

For years, the conservative wing of the Supreme Court has flapped mightily in the face of any attempt to deny American corporations their ability to disenfranchise and dispossess the American public. (more)

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Todd Goodrich

No Public Money for Arizona Candidates

In a second major ruling Monday, U.S. Supreme Court justices split along ideological lines to reject an Arizona campaign finance law that offered public funding to candidates unable to raise the enormous sums of money needed to run for political office. (more)

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



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John Edwards’ Cover-Up Consequences

Two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will likely be indicted by the Justice Department on charges that he violated campaign finance laws as he tried to conceal an affair with videographer Rielle Hunter, though a plea agreement is possible. (more)

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE



Move to Amend

The Rise of Secret Campaign Donors

A growing number of political campaign contributors are bypassing the Federal Election Commission entirely, secretly donating large sums of money right under the nose of the toothless organization. (more)

Posted on May 21, 2011 READ MORE


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