FDL Book Salon Welcomes Robert Mutch, Buying The Vote: A History of Campaign Finance Reform

By: Saturday October 25, 2014 1:59 pm

Using money to influence—ie. purchase—elections began when Thug gave Ugg a big, sharp rock in return for his vote for cave leader. It’s an ugly scene – and it has never stopped.

But with the advent of formalized democracy, purchasing a vote has gone through a psychological shift. With money, you can buy a voter’s neurons, board the brain like a pirate, and steal the booty—some poor schmuck’s “choice” made in a voting booth.

 

FDL Movie Night: Pay2Play

By: Monday September 8, 2014 4:59 pm

Congress is never going to reign itself in until there is a much more broad public understanding of the problem, and a much stronger desire to see change. And that will mean, at the very least, voting enough of the bums out that it scares the rest of them into action. People are still largely unwilling to do that, but as they learn more we can only hope they will be moved to take action.

So if you have friends, relatives, acquaintances, co-workers or simply no-nothing blowhards at the water cooler who need an education on the subject of money in politics, point them in the direction of Pay2Play. They will come away more informed, but perhaps more importantly, with the conviction that they can make a difference.

Majority of Americans Would Support Radical Campaign Finance Reform

By: Monday June 24, 2013 8:05 am

A majority of Americans are prepared to support extreme campaign finance reform. According to a new Gallup poll 50 percent of the country would support banning all contributions by individuals and instead have campaigns entirely funded by the government. From Gallup:

Ban on Corporate Campaign Donations Heading to DC Ballot

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 11:05 am

This November the voters in our nation’s capital will likely have the opportunity to ban campaign donations by corporations to local politicians. The Group D.C. Public Trust recently turned in over 30,000 signature to get their initiative on the ballot this year.

Noooo Americans Elect Whyyyyy

By: Friday May 18, 2012 6:01 pm

How could an idea as brilliant as Americans Elect fail? HOW???

Conservatives Countering Corrupt Crony Capitalism

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 6:01 pm

Hey, you know what conservatives really really hate? Conservatives just can’t stand it when rich people and corporations use their vast wealth to game the system! Just don’t ask them to support any kind of public campaign financing or limits on corporate political spending…

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Lawrence Lessig, Republic, Lost: A Declaration for Independence

By: Saturday October 8, 2011 1:59 pm

Much pundit ink has been spilled pondering why the OccupyWallStreet protest has grown so rapidly and resonated so widely. But the answer is really not difficult to apprehend. Our political system is fundamentally broken by corruption and oligarchical control. Many people know this. They have rationally concluded that voting fixes none of these systemic problems precisely because the problems are systemic. And going out into the street to protest and demand an end to this corruption is the only perceived means of redress.

Sarah Palin, Ironic Good Government Advocate

By: Friday September 9, 2011 6:01 pm

Sarah Palin just hates it that corporations control our government. Honest!

Gov’t. Contractors Fight for Right to Secretly Use Tax Dollars to Campaign for More Tax Dollars

By: Wednesday April 27, 2011 9:36 am

A government contractor’s entire business model is based on trying to convince the politicians in power to give it large sums of taxpayer money. It should be evident to everyone that the potential for corruption is as enormous as the possible profits

Firedoglake Is Not Like The Government… Thank God.

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 6:01 pm

Attached strings are bad. Unless they tie you where you already want to be.

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