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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



The Season of Our Disillusionment

During the December holidays I feel the urge to watch old black and white movies, preferably those starring Jimmy Stewart. This year, “It’s a Wonderful Life” is too painful, a reminder of what we used to be but aren’t anymore.

Posted on Dec 24, 2012 READ MORE


OWS Prepares to Occupy the Winter

The surprising October snowstorm Saturday showed that winter’s chill is fast descending on protesters encamped in New York City’s Liberty Plaza. Will they stay or will they go? We’ll find out in the weeks to come, but for now, Wall Street’s occupiers and their supporters seem determined to keep the movement alive. (more)

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Arizona Taking Donations to Pay for Border Fencing

An Arizona law allowing the state to build its own security fence along the border with Mexico went into effect Wednesday, and the private donations necessary to fund the project have begun stacking up.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 READ MORE


WikiLeaks Has a New Commercial

The biggest threat to WikiLeaks isn’t the house arrest of Julian Assange or the militaries of frustrated world governments—it’s the financial blockade by PayPal, Bank of America, Visa and other institutions that has cut off $15 million in donations (by WikiLeaks’ estimate).

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



Lies Our Teachers Are Telling Us

What rights do you have on an airplane, the political honesty of one’s own eyes, and Virginia’s school textbooks are chock full of lies. These gems and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 READ MORE



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BofA Cuts Off WikiLeaks

The digital war of position between WikLeaks and those who have something to hide got a bit more barbed as Bank of America, a likely target in the next WikiLeaks documents drama, announced it will refuse to process payments to the website.

Posted on Dec 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Chamber Fills Its Pot o’ Gold

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been a bastion of pro-business, anti-environment and anti-labor ideology since its founding in 1912. And so it is unsurprising that modern-day corporations have donated millions upon millions to the Chamber to fight such perilous things as, say, security requirements on chemical facilities.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / IowaPolitics.com

Campaign Violations Catch Up to Biden

Joe Biden’s verbal gaffes are numerous, and so are his campaign violations. The 2008 Biden for President campaign committee owes the Treasury Department more than $219,000 for accepting excessive contributions and other infractions in his bid for the Democratic nomination.

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

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


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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cafepress.com

Pinching Political Party Purses

Both the Democratic and Republican parties are experiencing a unique form of financial comeuppance, as the economic recession they were in charge of preventing—that has now caused a 8.4 percent national unemployment rate—is causing a dramatic drop in the level of political party donations.

Posted on Mar 27, 2009 READ MORE



goodguide.com

Your Money Votes, Too

You may have knocked on doors for Barack Obama, but it’s possible you gave money to John McCain. GoodGuide has a tool that sorts donations by party, logo and industry. Tech companies seem to prefer Democrats while food companies love Republicans. The banks, of course, throw money at everybody.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE


March Fundraising Madness Leaves Obama Smiling

Barack Obama raised more than $40 million in March to Hillary Clinton’s $20 million. Between them, the Democrats took in about three times in March what John McCain raised in January and February combined. That’s good news for Democrats, but only, as Donna Brazile points out, if the money isn’t “used to tear the party apart.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2008 READ MORE


Bush, Delay Dump Abramoff Donations

Attempt to distance themselves as scandal rocks Washington | more

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