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‘Citizen Koch’ Filmmakers: Watching This Movie Is ‘Civil Disobedience’

In “Citizen Koch,” filmmakers Tia Lessin and Carl Deal tell the story of the effects of the Citizens United decision through the viewpoints of three lifelong Republicans in Wisconsin.

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Happy Independence Day From the Supreme Court: Unions and Women Lose, Koch Brothers Win

The court’s latest decisions handed long-sought political victories to some of the most extreme elements of the American right.

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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.

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The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

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The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



Mass Media Will Make Millions Thanks to the McCutcheon Decision—Here’s How

The companies that control the media stand to benefit the most from the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision; a new theory about germs poses the most important challenge to medicine in the 21st century; meanwhile, Microsoft’s new CEO has revolutionized the company. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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‘The Fight to Save Our Democracy ... Just Got Harder’

“Two events this week have made the fight to save democracy from big money, already an uphill battle, even harder,” the introduction to Bill Moyers’ latest video essay says.

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Friday’s Jobs Report and the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon Debacle

What does the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision this week have to do with Friday’s jobs report, showing 192,000 new jobs for March?

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McCutcheon and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful McCutcheon decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be as dangerous.

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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is deeply troubling. But not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom—and anyway, not a matter of grave concern.

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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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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.

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Sen. Sanders: ‘Will This Nation Become an Oligarchic Form of Society?’

In an address to the U.S. Senate this week, Vermont independent Bernie Sanders testified to the basics of wealth inequality and described how it distorts the U.S. political process. His speech contains vital statistics for your reference.

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE



Revisiting John Roberts’ Decision Gutting Voting Rights

In a decision that will take its place alongside Citizens United as the worst of the Roberts court, the Supreme Court struck down part of the Voting Rights Act last year.

Posted on Mar 24, 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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Guardian Editor Discusses Snowden Leaks and a Security State Run Amok

In an essay in The New York Review of Books, Alan Rusbridger takes a long view of the efforts of government security apparatuses to bug our daily existences, including subverting online security, to make us safer. So, do you feel any safer?

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

The Supreme Court considers brushing aside the final vestige of campaign finance laws.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Dark Money Group Wins IRS Recognition as Tax-Exempt Nonprofit

The IRS has granted nonprofit status to America Is Not Stupid 2013, a so-called dark money group best known for a 2012 election ad featuring a talking baby who compared the smell of his diaper with a Montana senator.

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Bill Maher on How the Left Should Counter Wealthy Conservatives

“Real Time” host Bill Maher delivered a special message to the likes of Jay Z, Steven Spielberg and Oprah during the latest installment of his HBO program.

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Politicized Nonprofits and the Real IRS Scandal

The mainstream media have decided that the IRS scandal wasn’t a scandal after all. News outlets are calling the dwindling accusations of tea party Republicans empty, and saying that the only disaster is that the IRS is disorganized. But underneath all the drama lies a real scandal.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Corporate Citizenship a Dying Concept

The conviction is new that the exclusive purpose of the business corporation is to profit its professional managers and stockholders.

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The Republicans of the Supreme Court

In order to fully understand what the five Republican appointees on the Supreme Court have been up to when they make decisions that affect our democracy, as they did last week on voting rights, you need to understand what the Republican Party has been up to.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



Warren Opposes Obama Nominee, Lawmaker Urges Gender-Role Class for Kids, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a third GOP senator throws her support behind legalizing gay marriage and a Democratic lawmaker takes a major step to end corporate personhood.

Posted on Jun 19, 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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Rand Paul Gives Money to Treasury, McCain Gets Heckled at Town Hall, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a prominent Republican’s endorsement of same-sex marriage and the fight over the looming sequester heats up on Twitter.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE



The Next Citizens United, Scott Brown Explains ‘Drunk’ Tweets, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the newest Bowles-Simspson deficit reduction proposal and a Democratic lawmaker under fire for a rape remark.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 READ MORE



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How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


How a Bunch of Liberal Groups Are Trying to Kill the Filibuster and Citizens United

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The progressive plot to save representative democracy, China’s retirement bomb, Republican junk science, and doping in sports.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE


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What Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Told the IRS

In a confidential 2010 filing, Crossroads GPS—the dark money group that spent more than $70 million from anonymous donors on the 2012 election—told the Internal Revenue Service that its efforts would focus on public education, research and shaping legislation and policy.

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The Billionaires’ Long Game

I keep hearing that the billionaires and big corporations that poured all that money into the 2012 election learned their lesson. They lost their shirts and won’t do it again. Don’t believe that for an instant.

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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



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6 Questions for the Author of ‘Boss Rove’

Scott Horton of Harper’s Magazine speaks with Craig Unger, contributing editor at Vanity Fair, about “Boss Rove,” Unger’s new expose of the unofficial godfather of the Republican Party and perhaps the greatest beneficiary of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, Karl Rove.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Obama on Reddit: Overturn Citizens United

During an “Ask me anything” session on the social news website Reddit, President Obama tepidly suggested “mobilizing a constitutional amendment process to overturn Citizens United” in the days ahead.

Posted on Aug 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined

Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show.

Posted on Aug 13, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Rakes in Wall Street Cash, ‘Muppets’ Done With Chick-fil-A, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why strip clubs (yes, strip clubs!) in Tampa, Fla., are preparing for the RNC next month, plus Stephen Colbert’s campaign advice to Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



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You Can’t Marry a Corporation (Video)

That’s what a King County official said after confirming that a Seattle woman tried to marry a “corporate person” in a stunt held to challenge the Supreme Court’s 1886 decision recognizing corporations as people and its 2010 Citizens United ruling that opened the floodgates of political campaign spending.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The A-List of Loathsome Lobbyists

In this dark dual season of Citizens United and presidential campaigning, The Progressive serves up a list of nine of the “most depraved lobbyists money can buy.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2012 READ MORE



GOP’s Demographic Problem, Koch Brothers’ Donors and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Boehner’s change of heart on Romney and a re-enactment of a Hamptons fundraiser for “The Great Mittsby.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: The Hoax of Citizens United

According to Bill Moyers, the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to revisit the controversial Citizens United ruling shows that the case was never about free speech. Instead, he argues, the Citizens United decision was just a hoax (albeit a really big one).

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Congressman Quits, Romney VP Guessing Game and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Herman Cain’s alleged former mistress speaking out and Rep. Joe Walsh facing off with a CNN anchor over his disparaging remarks about military veteran Tammy Duckworth.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



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The Dollars Fly Against Citizens United (Video)

Occupy protesters in Seattle tossed $5,000 out of a top window of downtown Seattle’s Roosevelt hotel on the Fourth of July. The action was against the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, which removed a federal ban on corporate spending in political campaigns.

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 READ MORE


John Roberts: Switch Hitter

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer, Lisa Bloom, ACLU Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler and Move to Amend’s David Cobb on the Supreme Court. Also: A big city goes bust.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 READ MORE



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John Roberts: Switch Hitter

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer, Lisa Bloom, ACLU Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler and Move to Amend’s David Cobb on the Surpeme Court. Also: A big city goes bust.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 READ MORE


Big Money Wins in the Big Skies of Montana

“I never bought a man who wasn’t for sale,” William A. Clark reportedly said. He was one of Montana’s “Copper Kings,” a man who used his vast wealth to manipulate the state government and literally buy votes to make himself a U.S. senator.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE


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