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February 27, 2014 | Blog

Our weekly roundup of key money and politics reporting. This week: behind the scenes of a $45.2 billion telecom merger, wealthy brothers aiming big in politics and more Continue reading

A still from the Robin Hood Tax YouTube video featuring actor Bill Nighy, among others.
February 19, 2014 | Activism

The video, set in 2024, shows European bankers looking back at the passage of a tax that brought “serious money to the fight against extreme poverty.” Continue reading

Political operative Sean Noble (Photo: dc-london.com, via ProPublica)
February 18, 2014 | Blog

The story of one Koch operative illuminates larger truths about how money changes both politics and the people who handle it. Continue reading

A man counts one hundred dollar bills. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
February 14, 2014 | Blog

Regardless of what you care about — environment, minimum wage, tax reform — nothing will change until big money is removed from politics. Continue reading

Photo from TV monitor shows Rep. Richard Kelly, R-Fla., standing and reaching to his back pocket as he was video taped during the FBI's AbSCAM investigation. The tape was released on Thursday, Dec. 12, 1980 in Washington. (AP Photo/ Charles Tasnadi)
February 7, 2014 | Blog

Instead of blatant bribery, we now have a system where vast sums of money are being spent for the benefit of elected officials. Continue reading

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, stands in front of pheasants that were shot during a hunt hosted by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Akron, Iowa. Cruz attended the Iowa GOP's annual fundraising dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
February 5, 2014 | Blog

Our weekly roundup of key money and politics reporting. Continue reading

resident Barack Obama stands with Vice President Joe Biden in the Green Room of the White House prior to delivering a statement on the economy in the East Room, Nov. 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
January 31, 2014 | Blog

Obama and his allies are thriving in the super PAC era. Continue reading

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: iStock
January 29, 2014 | Blog

Our weekly roundup of key money and politics reporting. Continue reading

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) walks with the New Hampshire Rebellion, organized by Lawrence Lessig (Photo: John Light)
January 27, 2014 | Blog

A small group of concerned citizens trekked across New Hampshire in an effort to make government corruption the defining issue in the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading

George Tsunis faces questioning by Sen John McCain (R-AZ).
January 24, 2014 | Blog

Perhaps giving overseas posts to big spenders isn’t the optimal way to get the best and the brightest. Continue reading

Members of the Supreme Court gather for a group portrait at the Supreme Court in Washington before the start of the 2010 session. October 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
January 22, 2014 | Blog
Our weekly roundup of key money and politics reporting.
Demonstrators protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks in Zuccotti Park in New York on Sept. 17, 2013, two years after the Occupy Wall Street protests started there. (Kyodo via AP Images)
January 17, 2014 | Blog

Members of a corporate advisory committee have given big bucks to Congress over the past ten years. Continue reading

Obama Meets Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders
January 16, 2014 | Blog

Documents indicate the US is caving on environmental standards it had previously set for international trade agreements. Continue reading

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: iStock
January 15, 2014 | Blog

This infographic from the Communications Workers of America makes plain why we should all be paying attention to McCutcheon v. FEC, a Supreme Court case that many are calling Citizens United 2.0. Continue reading

The Internal Revenue Service building at the Federal Triangle complex in Washington, Saturday, March 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
January 13, 2014 | Blog

The Obama administration’s new IRS regulations would do little to deter powerful individuals and corporations from engaging in dark money electioneering. Continue reading

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