Obama Administration Under Fire for Selling Access

By: Tuesday February 26, 2013 8:24 am

In a post-Citizen’s United world quid pro quo is a way of life. So maybe it should not be a surprise that the Obama team’s fundraising strategy involves selling access to President Obama in exchange for cash despite President Obama’s clear promise not to do so in his early campaigns.

 

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ben Freeman, The Foreign Policy Auction: Foreign Lobbying in America

By: Sunday December 2, 2012 1:59 pm

In The Foreign Policy Auction: Foreign Lobbying in America, Freeman unpacks the ways in which governments from around the world attempt to use finance capital to ensure that the sausage factory on Capitol Hill churns out American foreign policy in their favor. The book is unrelentingly thorough, engaging, and sober. “There is no arch-villain here,” Freeman warns at the start, “no dark lord, no one to unmask at the end of the show. There are only politicians seeking reelection, lobbyists seeking more revenue, and foreign governments competing for influence over the most influential government the world has ever known.”

Over Easy: (Black) Friday Free for All

By: Friday November 23, 2012 6:15 am

Thanksgiving this year fell on the 49th anniversary of JFK’s assassination. I was just 20, married only 9 months, and my husband and I spent the weekend glued to the TV in our tiny apartment, weeping. That and the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center are my only two “never forget where I was when I heard” moments.

Thanks all five of you — non-politicians

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 1:30 am

It’s nice to have lifetime appointments, lack experience in politics and decide that money equals speech, and with Citizen’s United decision in 2010 that is jut what the Supreme Court’s conservative block did — shake your head more Alito.

Class, and the Lack Thereof

By: Thursday September 20, 2012 8:00 pm

One of the most pernicious delusions that plagues American political discourse is the association of wealth with what once was called “class.” I use the word in the same sense John F. Kennedy did when he commented simply but accurately after hearing a particularly snarling, whiny statement by his 1960 opponent, Richard Nixon: “No class.”

Class is, after all, a slippery concept; like obscenity, you only know it when you see it. “No class” is much more concrete, and it seems to be the defining trait of the modern Republican party, and despite his untold (heh) millions, Mitt Romney has no class.

Lakeside Diner

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 4:45 am

A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches/videos on current issues that may be of interest.

Hmmm, seems to be a continuing theme

By: Wednesday August 15, 2012 1:30 am

While the polls have demonstrated that America is just not taken with Romney’s choice of a youngish gentleman with both Reagan and Rand fetish, that doesn’t mean it is worthless. For one thing, it will make the coffers fill up again from a cadre of deep-pocketed yet shallow donors.

Citizens United and Corporate Campaign Money: It’s Much More than the Appearance of Corruption

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 5:08 pm

As we move into heavy campaigning season, let us reflect on Citizens United. Perhaps the silliest statement in the opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy is the one in which the majority concluded that corporate campaign contributions to no corrupt or create an appearance of corruption. In fact there are many studies that show the do corrupt.

The War on Workers Comes to California, in Disguise

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 8:15 am

After the victory in Wisconsin, many wondered where conservative interests would strike next to finish off unions and permanently alter the power relationship between labor and capital. It appears the next step is California. In November, voters will decide on an initiative, Prop 32, that would “eliminate unions from having any voice in politics whatsoever,” according to one labor official.

Citizens United Ruling Destined to Remain for Some Time

By: Monday June 25, 2012 12:40 pm

In a way, the idea that the Supreme Court would overturn their landmark ruling in the Citizens United case, in just two years’ time, with the same personnel on the Court based on a state Supreme Court holding in Montana, of all places, was pretty fanciful. And the Court did not suprise anyone.

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