An important debate is underway in the United States Senate this week, but if you are, like most, a casual consumer of the news, you probably wouldn’t have heard about it. This is no indictment of your news-gathering habits, but rather of what passes for mass communication in modern America, in other words, the mainstream media’s systematic suppression of important information.
|By: Nat Parry Wednesday September 10, 2014 6:50 pm|
|By: DSWright Friday August 15, 2014 11:11 am|
While there was always some debate as to whether President Obama had genuinely kept his promise on banning lobbyists from his administration and the polickymaking process, now there is no doubt that the 2010 ethics package is void. After a lawsuit was brought by lobbyists, the Office of Management and Budget issued a new rule allowing registered lobbyists to serve in government.
|By: Dennis Trainor Jr Sunday June 8, 2014 1:00 pm|
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in McCutcheon V. FEC, the court struck down a limit on how much cash an individual could give to all federal candidates during an election cycle.
In the 5-4 decision, the majority of justices on the Roberts court ruled that individuals could buy elections.
|By: DSWright Friday April 11, 2014 1:28 pm|
Though recent Supreme Court decisions have many focused on new avenues for money to influence American politics it is worth keeping in mind that the old avenues are pretty expansive. There is perhaps no clearer recent example of legalized bribery than the report today by Ars Technica that Comcast’s PAC gave money to every senator examining the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger.
|By: joe shikspack Friday April 4, 2014 1:05 pm|
President Barack Obama has joined hands with Republican Eric Cantor to get money out of politics!
|By: Robert Weissman Wednesday April 2, 2014 5:11 pm|
Today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission strikes a devastating blow at the very foundation of our democracy.
|By: DSWright Wednesday April 2, 2014 11:50 am|
In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission the Supreme Court gave us – in a 5-4 vote along ideological lines – Citizens United 2: Plutocratic Boogaloo. The ruling removes limits on how many candidates and PACs the rich can give money to.
|By: Laurel Ramseyer Tuesday July 9, 2013 6:00 pm|
Today Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed legal complaints with the IRS and other legal entities alleging that James Bopp diverted money from his James Madison Center for Free Speech (JMCFS) into the Bopp Law Firm for his personal enrichment.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 12, 2012 1:35 pm|
When the information on just how lucrative our elections are for the ad placement agents and strategists who manage them, I suspect this anger will go through the roof. And it should, on both sides. If the arms race continues to bulk up, we may have to add “electoral” to the familiar line about the military-industrial complex.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday November 7, 2012 12:50 pm|
The more important point is that dark money does work. It works in the House. SuperPACs and independent expenditure groups wasted historic amounts of money running into a demographic brick wall at the national level. Even at the statewide level, Democrats could withstand the attacks. But in the House, late money that poured into a discrete number of seats had a real impact. Winnable seats turned sour, even in places where Democrats did well.