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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Says She’s ‘Troubled’ by Obama’s $400,000 Speaking Fee (Audio)

The Massachusetts Democrat told Sirius XM’s Jonathan Alter that money in politics “ultimately threatens democracy.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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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



The $1 Billion Election No One Is Noticing

While most media attention is on the presidential circus, candidates for statewide and local offices have raked in massive amounts of campaign donations.

Posted on Oct 19, 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


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


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ALEC’s Horror Show Is Coming to Your Hometown

“The rightwing group Alec is preparing to launch a new nationwide network that will seek to replicate its current influence within state legislatures in city councils and municipalities,” The Guardian reported earlier this month.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Bernie Sanders (Video)

In a Truthdig exclusive, the Vermont senator and avowed socialist discusses why the super-rich should support an amendment mandating the public funding of elections.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE



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The Great American Class War

Toward the end of his tenure, when he was writing an increasing number of dissents on the Rehnquist Court, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan was asked if he was getting discouraged. He smiled and said, “Look, pal, we’ve always known—the Framers knew—that liberty is a fragile thing. You can’t give up.” And he didn’t.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE


Conservative Coalition Prepares Public Sector Attacks Across 34 States

After revelations this week about the legislative agenda of the Koch brothers-backed American Legislative Exchange Council, documents obtained by The Guardian give a closer look into a coordinated assault by conservative groups across the U.S. against public sector rights and services in education, health care, income tax, workers’ compensation and the environment.

Posted on Dec 5, 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


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.

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Creating PACs and Then Spending Their Money

Although many watchdog organizations track how political committees raise money, few look at how the money is ultimately disbursed. PACs can spend their money as they want and often devote some of it to fundraising, but most spend the bulk of contributions on efforts clearly aimed at electing specific candidates.

Posted on Mar 17, 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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How Dark Money Helped Republicans Hold the House

In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. But that popular vote advantage did not result in control of the chamber.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Koch’s Next Target: Hurricane Sandy Victims

David Koch’s conservative political organization Americans for Prosperity is threatening to unleash a torrent of political attack ads against congressional members in the next election if they vote for the $60.4 billion federal storm aid package.

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 READ MORE


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