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Here Are Four Ways to Fight for Democracy

As we slog through another negative, money-saturated presidential campaign, Americans are doing everything they can to let their leaders know they are fed up.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE


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The New Common Ground Between Populist Left and Right (Video)

If we join together, we can make these things happen.

Posted on Apr 24, 2016 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: Campaign Finance Reform — It’s Not Just for Liberals Anymore (Audio)

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The journalist sits down with former Bush administration lawyer Richard Painter to discuss why conservatives should care about the influence of money in politics—and how they can fight to get it out.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bernie Sanders’ Camp Complains to DNC Over Hillary Clinton’s Fundraising

The Bernie 2016 campaign believes Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee may have violated campaign fundraising rules and asked DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stop the activities.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE


‘99% Party’: Bernie Sanders Supporters Shower Hillary Clinton Motorcade With 1,000 $1 Bills (Video)

By Common Dreams staff

And the first three lines of the vintage song “We’re in the Money’’ played on speakers at a next-door neighbor’s house as Clinton’s motorcade passed by en route to a campaign fundraiser hosted by actor George Clooney.

Posted on Apr 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Cable News Not Covering Government Corruption Protests in Washington, D.C. (Video)

Democracy Spring is all about reforming campaign finance laws in the United States. But although the movement is gaining momentum, mainstream media coverage remains scant.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Super PACs and Melania Trump: Photo Dispute Highlights Weakness in Campaign Finance Rules

Even if Donald Trump is correct in his unproven charge that a super PAC obtained a racy photo of his wife, Melania, from the Ted Cruz campaign, it’s doubtful the Federal Election Commission would do anything about it.

Posted on Apr 3, 2016 READ MORE



Who’s Funding Super PACs This Election Season? Good Question

New reporting looks at how shady LLCs are contributing to a “corrupt campaign finance system.”

Posted on Mar 20, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges and Jill Stein Confront the ‘Corporate Leviathan’

In the first installment of this two-part series for teleSUR’s “Days of Revolt,” host and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein identified the problem: the “corporate leviathan,” a bought two-party political system. In this episode, they discuss solutions.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Here’s How Conservatives Keep ‘Dark Money’ Dark

In internal memos, groups opposing tighter state campaign finance rules are coaching their local supporters on how to battle disclosure of political donors.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE



Progressives Nationwide Seek to Take Bernie Sanders’ ‘Political Revolution’ Into Congress

Zephyr Teachout of New York, John Fetterman of Pennsylvania and Lucy Flores of Nevada want to take on Wall Street, big oil and the military-industrial complex—and they’re all mounting bids for Congress.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



N.Y. Times Misleads About Bernie Sanders’ Funding and Later Endorses Hillary Clinton

The newspaper hangs an article about Sanders’ campaign finances on a legal technicality, and the next day it backs his main rival’s presidential bid.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren Has Known for Years Where Hillary Clinton’s True Loyalties Lie

An old clip of the Massachusetts senator shows she’s known the truth about Hillary Clinton’s relationship with Wall Street for quite some time.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



This Is the Most Pragmatic Way to Fix American Democracy

The Democratic contest has repeatedly been characterized as a choice between Hillary Clinton’s “pragmatism” and Bernie Sanders’ “idealism”—with the not-so-subtle message that realists choose pragmatism over idealism. But this way of framing the choice ignores the biggest reality of all.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Care About the Details of Proposed Policies and Programs

Not a day passes that I don’t get a call from the media asking me to compare Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s tax plans, or bank plans, or health care plans. But detailed policy proposals are as relevant to the election of 2016 as is that gaseous planet beyond Pluto.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 25, 2016 ENLARGE


VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren: Anyone Who Says ‘Change Is Just Too Hard’ Is in ‘Bed With the Billionaires’

The Massachusetts senator’s fiery speech on the Senate floor Friday echoed some of Bernie Sanders’ powerful criticisms of Hillary Clinton.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Campaign Donations Reflect the Sharp Split in Congress Among Republicans

A ProPublica analysis of political fundraising shows that conservative House Republicans have less and less in common with their party’s leaders, whose donors sometimes more closely resemble those of Democrats.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Dark Money: How Billionaires Are Buying U.S. Elections

Billionaires have found a shady way to secretly finance candidates through nonprofits.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Who’s Funding the 2016 Election? For the Most Part, We’ll Never Know

Federal regulators say they have few ways to police coordination between candidates and super PACs in the post-Citizens United landscape.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE



What’s at Stake This Election Year? Ending the Vicious Cycle of Wealth and Power

The United States has succumbed to a vicious cycle in which great wealth translates into political power, which generates even more wealth and even more power.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



The 10 Best 2015 Investigative Reports on Political Money

Some of the year’s most notable in-depth stories on campaign finance, from newsrooms around the country.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Illusion of Freedom

This deception will exist as long as we “stay in our place.” Once we call out power for what it is, once we resist, the chimera will vanish. The iron fist of history’s most sophisticated security and surveillance apparatus will assert itself with a terrifying fury.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 READ MORE



Happy Holidays, Super PACs: The FEC Removes Yet Another Block Against Dark Money

A little-noticed new rule allows candidates to solicit money for their super PACs—as long as the potential donors are meeting in a small group.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Just Made Presidential Campaign Contribution History

Bernie Sanders’ campaign just beat a record set by President Barack Obama in 2011 in the runup to his 2012 re-election.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Look Who’s Buying American Democracy

According to an investigation by The New York Times, half of all the money contributed so far to Democratic and Republican presidential candidates—$176 million—has come from just 158 families, along with the companies they own or control. Who are these people?

Posted on Dec 8, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s Big Debate Gaffe: Bizarrely Linking Her Wall Street Donors to 9/11 Reconstruction

Bernie Sanders attacked her Wall Street reforms and donor base. Some in the media are predicting Clinton’s response will come back to haunt her.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



Just 158 Families Provided Nearly Half the Financing for Early Efforts for the White House

An overwhelmingly older, white and male group of Americans who made fortunes in finance and energy gave $176 million to mostly Republican presidential candidates in the early months of the race.

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 READ MORE



Brazil’s Supreme Court Bans Corporate Contributions to Political Campaigns and Parties

The 8-3 ruling will block what has amounted to over 90 percent of campaign funding for leading candidates and eventual winners of Brazil’s recent presidential elections.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: How Do the 2016 Presidential Candidates Get Their Money?

The 2016 campaign is proving to be the most expensive yet. Watch to find out where and how candidates are getting their cash.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Sep 7, 2015 ENLARGE


VIDEO: Lawrence Lessig Wants to Be a ‘Referendum President’ to Fix the Rigged System, Then Resign

The Harvard professor and activist vowed Tuesday to run for president if he can raise $1 million in crowdfunding in order to make citizen equality the most important issue in the upcoming presidential election.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Donald Trump Got Republicans to Admit They’re Bought and Sold

None of the other contenders in the GOP prime-time debate Thursday disputed Trump’s characterization of a U.S. government controlled by private money.

Posted on Aug 8, 2015 READ MORE



In Defense of Hillary Clinton, Democrats Embrace Citizens United Decision

Less than three weeks into her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has already accomplished a stunning feat: unifying large swaths of the Democratic Party to support the 2010 Supreme Court ruling on campaign financing.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE



Special Delivery for the Plutocrats

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” reads the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service. We now can add to that “nor a national security no-fly zone,” as demonstrated by mailman Doug Hughes.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 19, 2015 ENLARGE



If We Don’t Overturn Citizens United, Congress Will Become Paid Employees of the Billionaire Class

I recently introduced an amendment at the Senate Budget Committee. It asked my Senate colleagues to begin the process of overturning the disastrous Supreme Court ruling on Citizens United, and to bring transparency and disclosure to the political process.

Posted on Mar 22, 2015 READ MORE


The Kochs









Posted on Feb 2, 2015 ENLARGE



Koch Brothers and Allies Plan to Unleash $889 Million in Funding for 2016 Campaign

It seems that in the coming presidential election season—occurring during an age of Citizens United and super PACs—super-wealthy political instigators such as the Koch brothers will have more sway over American politics than ever before.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



Why We Can’t Get the Government We Want and Deserve

Some believe the central political issue of our era is the size of the government. They’re wrong.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 READ MORE



The Top 5 Planks of a 2016 GOP Platform: Torture, War, Bank Corruption and Paid-For Elections

This week, the release by the Senate of a report on torture as practiced in the zeroes by the CIA, along with Thursday night’s dramatic vote on an omnibus spending bill, laid bare the shape of the GOP platform in 2016.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE



Don’t Blame Republicans for Wall Street’s Scams; Democrats Are Also at Fault

America can’t tackle widening inequality without confronting the power and privilege lying behind it.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE



If You Want to Know What’s Happened to Our Democracy, Follow the Richest .01 Percent

Why should we care how the uber rich spend their money?

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE



The Questions John Roberts Has Never Answered

It’s a good time to review the promises Chief Justice John Roberts made at his September 2005 Senate confirmation hearing and re-examine the key questions he was never forced to answer.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE


Koch Joke









Posted on Nov 8, 2014 ENLARGE


The Wave Election









Posted on Nov 7, 2014 ENLARGE


The Last Campaign Ad Ever









Posted on Nov 6, 2014 ENLARGE


Election Costs









Posted on Nov 5, 2014 ENLARGE


The Koch Vote









Posted on Nov 3, 2014 ENLARGE


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