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.

Was All That Campaign Money Ineffective?

By: Tuesday November 6, 2012 12:30 pm

One big question in the aftermath of this election will be whether the power of big money will be seen as impotent. We’ve heard these stories of SuperPAC money migrating into safe red and blue states at the end of the election because there was literally no time left on the air in the swing states. Billions – yes, billions – of dollars were spent on TV advertising, with no discernible impact.

California Agency Releases Evidence of Money Laundering in Right-Wing Campaign Spending on Ballot Measures

By: Monday November 5, 2012 2:15 pm

California’s Fair Political Practices Commission forced a mysterious $11 million donor to two ballot measures to reveal its secret funding sources today, and the result showed how most of these independent expenditure groups work, mostly through money laundering:

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