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Aaron Swartz Day: A Vital Legacy Lives On

A champion of the Internet and governmental reform is celebrated around the world Saturday. His suicide—committed under a threat of prosecution—did not end the fight for his causes.

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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.

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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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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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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


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



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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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



New Obama Campaign Co-Chair: ‘The President Is Wrong’

“The president is wrong.” So says one of the newly appointed co-chairs of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



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This Side of Democracy

As it is an election year amidst the Great Recession, talk of the American plutocracy is very much in vogue. But to label the situation as unique belies centuries of history.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 READ MORE



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Funding Campaigns ... Anonymously

The ridiculous Supreme Court decision to let corporations spend whatever they want on behalf of political candidates just got more ridiculous: Lawyers say that under the ruling there’s a loophole that would allow companies to do so anonymously.

Posted on Feb 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama Assails Court Decision

In his weekly radio address, President Obama showed his dismay at the Supreme Court’s decision to remove corporate campaign finance limits, warning of a pending deluge of special interest money into our democracy—a subject he knows quite well as he continues to fight for health care reform.

Posted on Jan 23, 2010 READ MORE


Courts Chip Away at Campaign Ad Curbs

As the country awaits a key Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance law, several recent lower-court decisions have rolled back longstanding restrictions on political ad spending, a possible boost for Republicans in this election year.

Posted on Jan 9, 2010 READ MORE


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