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Why Overturning Citizens United Isn’t Enough

If Hillary Clinton is serious about reducing the role of money in politics, she should appoint Supreme Court justices willing to revisit two cases from the 1970s that formed the basis of our inability to regulate money in politics.

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 READ MORE


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Jill Stein Would Be a Blessing for the Supreme Court; Gary Johnson Would Be a Disaster

Of all the candidates, the Green Party nominee would move the judicial branch in the most progressive direction as president. But the sobering reality is that she has the least prospect of doing so.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE

Undermining Democracy, Corporations Pour Millions Into Local Ballot Fights

Public Citizen finds that total corporate spending on just eight local measures has topped $139 million.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE

Hey Millennials, Here’s What Gary Johnson Believes (Video)

For starters, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership, fracking and “massive cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and social welfare programs of all kinds,” writes Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum.

Posted on Sep 23, 2016 READ MORE

Trump’s New Hires

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 ENLARGE

The Real Threat to American Sovereignty

For Donald Trump, the biggest U.S. challenges are three-dimensional items that cross our borders, such as unwanted imports and undocumented immigrants. He’s wrong.

Posted on Aug 9, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Endgame Is an Opportunity for the Radical Left

The fundamental premise of Sanders’ campaign—that his “political revolution” can be accomplished within the confines of capitalism—is incorrect. That will soon be clear.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE

Reimagine and Rebuild Our Broken Democracy—in Time for the Nation’s 250th Anniversary

The heavy chains of “present political possibility” should be cast off. In just 10 years, it will be the 250th birthday of the United States, and it is time to create a new political system.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

Special Interests Are Pouring Money Into Local Elections

Secret spending at the local level in the United States rose from 24 percent in 2006 to 71 percent in 2014, a landmark survey finds.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE

Samantha Bee Proves Even Super PAC Donors Are Sick of This Messed-Up Campaign Finance System (Video)

In a comical interview with a real-life Republican Super PAC donor, the “Full Frontal” host highlights how dysfunctional our democracy has become.

Posted on May 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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

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

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

Revolution Is in the Air

The arrests of hundreds—including me—in or near the Capitol have been going on every day for a week. They presage a growing, nationwide uprising against the corporate state.

Posted on Apr 16, 2016 READ MORE

Fact-Checking Clinton: Obama Never Said Money Wasn’t Corrupting—He Said the Opposite

In Thursday’s debate, she invoked the president to deflect Bernie Sanders’ criticism that voters should “not feel confident” about her, given her dependence on “big-money interests.”

Posted on Apr 15, 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

Who’s Pumping Money Into the 2016 Election? Hedge Fund Heads

New analysis by Reuters shows that Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz are the biggest recipients of hedge fund managers’ donations.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 READ MORE

After Antonin Scalia’s Death, What’s Next for the Supreme Court?

In addition to causing stalemates on cases in progress, the justice’s passing is likely to unleash a pitched battle to name his successor and generate a key issue in the fight for the presidency. Updated

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE

Why We Have No Choice but to Try for Progressive Change

Instead of “Yes, we can,” a new slogan adopted by many Democrats this election year is “We shouldn’t even try.”

Posted on Feb 8, 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

The Most Expensive Election Ever Is a Billionaire’s Playground (Except for Bernie Sanders)

Given that our brand of democracy is cold hard cash, let’s examine the relationships between our 21st-century plutocrats and the contenders for the White House.

Posted on Feb 1, 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

Let’s Ask Obama to Give This Speech Next

It’s time for the president to make federal contractors disclose their political spending.

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE

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

The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE

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

Citizens United Anniversary: How Anthony Kennedy Turned American Democracy Into an ‘Open Sewer’

The Supreme Court justice masterminded the 2010 decision to undo a century of public-interest regulation of campaign expenditures in the name of “free speech.” He had every reason to know how damaging that decision would prove to be.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE

AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate and Voice Against Corporate Power

By Robert Scheer

In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW, Nader talks about the rise of Bernie Sanders and the conditions he believes that Sanders must set in order to endorse Hillary Clinton in the event she wins the Democratic nomination.

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

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

How Illinois’ Super-Rich Governor and His Cronies Are Changing the State

If the recent political trends in Illinois serve as a test case for the rest of the country, we’re in for big trouble.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE

Barney Frank, Ever the Politician, Predicts Hillary Clinton Is ‘Gonna Win’ in 2016

The former congressman brought his brand of D.C.-style real talk, and his unabashed support for Hillary Clinton, to the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE

The People vs. Citizens United: 7 Steps to Reversing Runaway Political Spending

The struggle against the corporate stranglehold on our democracy won’t be conducted in courtrooms or legislatures. It will arise from below, in organized, mass demands for change.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE

Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 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

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

AUDIO: Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an ‘Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery’

The former U.S. president told the nationally syndicated radio host Thom Hartmann on Tuesday that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has led to “a compete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.”

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

VIDEO: The Most Important Step to Save the Economy: Get Big Money Out of Politics

Nothing we need to do as a nation is possible unless we limit the political power of the moneyed interests.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Citizens United: Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s Gift to Moneyed Interests

After he spent his early career learning the lobbying ropes in Sacramento, it was only natural that Kennedy as a Supreme Court member would ensure lobbyists’ stranglehold on American politics.

Posted on Jun 19, 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

Bernie Sanders Means Business With 2016 Presidential Run

This is no political stunt, folks: In his newest article, Rolling Stone’s biggest marquee reporter, Matt Taibbi, sizes up Sen. Bernie Sanders’ bid for the presidency in the 2016 election and concludes that Sanders is the real deal.

Posted on Apr 29, 2015 READ MORE

Same-Sex Marriage: Will SCOTUS Make It Official?

The once-unthinkable is about to happen. Get ready.

Posted on Apr 28, 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

How Big Money Is Buying Off Criticism of Big Money

Our democracy is directly threatened when the rich buy off politicians.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE

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

Supreme Court Moves to Undo Civil Rights Law ... Again

The U.S. Supreme Court has once again taken it upon itself to reconsider a landmark civil rights law.

Posted on Jan 29, 2015 READ MORE

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

We’ve Got a Better Shot of Going to Mars Than Fixing Our Democracy

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Finally a State of the Union worth talking about, plus Citizens United turns 5 and Robert Scheer reviews “Selma.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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

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