This Week’s Completely Ignored Historic Senate Debate on Plutocracy and Democracy

By: Wednesday September 10, 2014 6:50 pm

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.

 

White House Rolls Back Lobbyist Ban

By: 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.

How The Supreme Court Made the U.S. Government Illegitimate

By: 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.

Comcast PAC Gave Money to Senators Looking at Time Warner Merger

By: 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.

Obama Signs Law To Get Money Out Of Politics

By: Friday April 4, 2014 1:05 pm

President Barack Obama has joined hands with Republican Eric Cantor to get money out of politics!

McCutcheon Ruling Requires Americans to Reclaim Democracy

By: 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.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Yet Another Campaign Contribution Regulation On 1%

By: 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.

GOP Bigshot and NOM Attorney James Bopp Accused of Illegal “Personal Enrichment”

By: 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.

The Electoral-Industrial Complex: Fortunes Made by Consultants on Campaign Spending

By: 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.

The House in 2012: Dark Money Still Works at the District Level

By: 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.

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