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.

 

Obama Backs Away From Inequality Debate To Comfort Corporate Democrats

By: Monday July 7, 2014 10:07 am

Chalk another win up for the cynics who never bought for a moment that Obama was going to betray the people whom he has been serving loyally for the last five years. Even if Obama really desired to change things – something there is little evidence for – the game is rigged. As long as money dominates American politics moneyed interests will be dominant.

With Hobby Lobby Decision, SCOTUS Heads Back to the Gilded Age

By: Saturday July 5, 2014 9:30 am

The good times keep rolling for corporations at the Supreme Court. Four years ago, Citizens United​ gave corporations the right to spend as much money as they’d like on elections (money = speech, you know), and now Hobby Lobby​ gave corporations the right to claim their religious beliefs should exempt them from laws they deem objectionable on religious grounds.

But looking beneath the surface of the ​Hobby Lobby​ ruling reveals a grander gift to corporate owners . . .

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.

An Even Better Way to Get Money Out of Politics

By: Sunday March 16, 2014 7:15 pm

We can get out from under Citizens United and corporate control of our elections. We just have to win one time and change the landscape, by constraining this runaway anti-democratic Supreme Court. We can do that, and save our democracy can’t we?

Study Proves Campaign Donations Can Buy Access

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 4:00 pm

Warning: this may be painfully obvious. Just in case you, for some reason I can’t fathom, had doubts that money buys influence in Washington our friends in the ivory tower decided to perform a scientific experiment to prove it.

Republican Billionaires Pushing Consultants Aside In Post-Citizens United World

By: Monday March 3, 2014 2:33 pm

He who has the gold makes the rules. And so it is under the new campaign finance system that those funding politicians have increasingly decided they want their influence to extend to campaign strategy. Without the old restraints campaign consultants and strategists have no choice but to heel to a donor-centric campaign system that puts [...]

Karl Rove Provided Inaccurate Information On Dark Money Group

By: Monday November 25, 2013 10:45 am

In 2012 Karl Rove stated to the IRS that his group, Crossroads GPS, was a social welfare organization and would use part of the money the group raised for grants to assist other social welfare groups for non-political purposes – “not for political expenditures, consistent with the organization’s tax-exempt mission.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes, Mark Tushnet, In The Balance: Law and Politics In The Roberts Court

By: Saturday October 12, 2013 1:59 pm

In his recent book In the Balance: Law and Politics on the Roberts Court, Mark Tushnet does not disagree that politics and the Supreme Court go hand in hand. There is no denying that the Justices have political views and that those political views often influence how they decide cases. Professor Tushnet carefully dissects and criticizes the now infamous “umpire” analogy that Chief Justice John Roberts used in his confirmation hearing, replacing it with what he takes as the much more realistic and intellectually honest portraits of judging offered by Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

But where In the Balance makes its greatest contribution is in tempering the urge to dismiss the Court’s behavior as purely political.

Citizens United Making Hillary Movie

By: Thursday October 3, 2013 9:12 am

With CNN and NBC/Universal having scrapped their plans to make Hillary Clinton TV movies (a doc and biopic, respectively), citing pressure form both political side and lack of cooperation from sources, rightwing Citizen Untied is ready to jump in the fray.

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