Money & Politics

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts waves after giving the commencement address on Friday, May 24, 2013, at LaLumiere School in LaPorte, Ind. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, James Brosher)
April 4, 2014 | Blog

It’s time to wipe out the dark money, and force those wealthy few to stand behind their positions. Continue reading

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April 3, 2014 | Blog

Heather Gerken tells Bill that McCutcheon is likely to encourage the richest Americans to invest even more heavily in tilting the playing field in their favor. Continue reading

Piles of U.S. currency. March 2007. (AP Photo/PGR-HO)
April 3, 2014 | Blog

They hope to extend the “GE loophole” without a lot of public attention. Continue reading

President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. on Aug. 6, 1965 upon signing the Voting Rights Act. Credit: Yoichi R. Okamoto, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
April 3, 2014 | Blog

The same people who favor unlimited secret money in US elections are the ones funding the effort to make it harder for people to vote. Continue reading

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: iStock
April 3, 2014 | Blog

Our latest roundup of key money and politics reporting. This week: McCutcheon v. FEC decision handed down. Continue reading

Supreme Court Justices, from left, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, Associate Justices of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan applaud State of the Union Address,12 Feb 2013 (Rex Features via AP Images)
April 2, 2014 | Blog

Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that the ruling “creates huge loopholes in the law” and “undermines, perhaps devastates, what remains of campaign finance reform.” Continue reading

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his wife Tonette cheer as Republican vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., August 2012. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
April 1, 2014 | Activism

The Kochs are meddling in local elections today in Wisconsin, while communities across the state will vote to get money out of politics. Watch this space. Continue reading

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch addresses attendees of the Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
March 27, 2014 | Blog

The vast wealth that has accumulated at the top of the American economy isn’t the problem — it’s that political power tends to rise to where the money is. Continue reading

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March 22, 2014 | Blog

Our latest roundup of key money and politics reporting. This week: the ‘unlobbyist’ lobbyists, how John McCain is exploiting campaign finance loopholes and more. Continue reading

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March 21, 2014 | Money & Politics

If you feel like politicians don’t have your back, you should watch this. Continue reading

Activists rally for a constitutional amendment overturning the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on Friday, January 21, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Flickr/ Brendan Hoffman)
March 21, 2014 | Blog

With federal action stymied by politics, activists are turning to the “laboratories of democracy.” Continue reading

FILE- In this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo, voters wait to cast paper ballots at a New York City school. Mechanical lever voting machines will be used in the upcoming New York City Primary Election as well as any runoff should no candidate win a clear majority. The state had switched from mechanical lever machines to optical scanners that read paper ballots in 2010. Citing logistical issues with getting the scanners ready for two possible elections so close to each other, the New York City Board of Elections got permission from the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo to use the lever machines. (AP Photo/ John Minchillo, File)
March 20, 2014 | Blog

Here’s what you need to know about the campaign finance reforms New York state is considering to level the political playing field and clean up elections. Continue reading

Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch addresses attendees of the Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
March 19, 2014 | Blog

Obscure limited liability companies have ultimate say over the Koch network’s nonprofits, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars to advance conservative causes. Continue reading

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., uses a bull horn at a campaign stop with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Watertown, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. Brown is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
March 18, 2014 | Blog

Brown announced that he’s forming an exploratory committee to consider running for Senate in NH and won’t say no to dark money groups that want to help out. Continue reading

Mitch McConnell
March 13, 2014 | Blog

Our latest roundup of key money and politics reporting. This week: lobbyist-donors and their top recipients, how Microsoft is wooing politicians and the FEC’s dysfunction. Continue reading

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