Money in Politics

How to Defeat Dark Money, Congress and the Supreme Court (It'll Take More Than Cat Memes)

How to Defeat Dark Money, Congress and the Supreme Court (It'll Take More Than Cat Memes)
It wasn’t too long ago that “transparency” and “disclosure” in political fundraising were rallying cries from Republicans. But four years after the Supreme Court majority in Citizens United v. FEC promised unlimited political fundraising posed no risks of corruption as long as the donors are disclosed, the 2014 election is shaping up to have the most undisclosed money ever. And with Congress tied in knots on nearly every policy issue, we shouldn’t hold our breath for a legislative fix to shine a light on this “dark money.”
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WI Judge: Campaigns Aren't Corrupt Enough, Let's Have Shady Groups Deal with Candidates Directly

WI Judge: Campaigns Aren't Corrupt Enough, Let's Have Shady Groups Deal with Candidates Directly
A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that constraints on coordination between soft money groups and candidates was unconstitutional, basically blowing the lid off of any spending caps and solidifying the burgeoning plutocracy so replacing the US' former, less corrupt, version of democracy.
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Opinion: Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision Sells Out Our Democracy

Opinion: Supreme Court's McCutcheon Decision Sells Out Our Democracy
When the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 McCutcheon vs. FEC decision last week, it demonstrated once again just how out of touch with political reality it is. The Court found that big money in politics and the influence and access to elected officials that it obtains is not sufficiently corrupting to trump the so-called First Amendment rights of the richest Americans.
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Without Election Regulation, Massachusetts Steels Itself for Onslaught of Dark Money

Without Election Regulation, Massachusetts Steels Itself for Onslaught of Dark Money
Super PACs are quietly forming to influence the Massachusetts' races for governor and other elections in 2014, and if state lawmakers can't pass a campaign finance disclosure bill soon, these outside groups will be free to spend unlimited sums without disclosing their donors in real time.
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ALEC Prepares Switch to 'Social Welfare' Group as IRS Investigation Shines Light in Dark Corners

ALEC Prepares Switch to 'Social Welfare' Group as IRS Investigation Shines Light in Dark Corners
Facing an Internal Revenue Service inquiry on tax fraud charges, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is effectively acknowledging that its status as a charity may be a cover for its real work as a multi-million dollar lobby for some of the nation’s largest and richest corporations. Cue up the back-up plan: a "social welfare" organization able to engage in unlimited lobbying. The only reason this hasn't happened yet is because donors would not be able to deduct their contributions on federal tax forms.
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Insecure Commission: SEC Dumps Proposal Requiring Companies to Disclose Political Spending

Insecure Commission: SEC Dumps Proposal Requiring Companies to Disclose Political Spending
Since 2011, more than 640,000 Americans have written to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which regulates the stock market and publicly-owned corporations, to support a proposal that it require companies to report their political spending to stockholders and the public. The commission responded last week by unceremoniously dumping the proposed rule from its 2014 agenda.
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Scalia’s Speech to Secretive Hollywood Political Organization Raises Questions

Scalia’s Speech to Secretive Hollywood Political Organization Raises Questions
Common Cause has obtained the financial disclosure reports of eight of the nine Justices of the Supreme Court. Justice Alito’s is unavailable, either because it was not yet ready for release or because he filed an extension.
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Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale

Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale
Organizing for Action, the Obama administration’s new “independent,” non-profit advocacy group, should be put out of business and its plan to schedule quarterly meetings with the President for its big contributors and fundraisers should be scrapped.
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President Obama, It's Time to Do Something About Money in Politics

President Obama, It's Time to Do Something About Money in Politics
The scramble to raise campaign funds has become a full-time job for elected officials from the courthouse to the statehouse and to the Capitol and the White House. In last year’s campaign alone, you hosted 222 fundraising events.
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Political Bloggers Should Reveal Funding

Wednesday, the California Fair Political Practices Commission takes up the question of whether political bloggers should have to disclose who pays them to blog in political campaigns. Sacramento's consultant establishment, both on the left and the right, has been hiding behind free speech protections to propagandize and cut the legs out from under credentialed authorities on behalf of any interest group.
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