Money & Politics

November 14, 2013 | Blog

The direction of this chapter is to take commerce 180 degrees in the opposite direction of free trade. Continue reading

November 11, 2013 | Blog

Cuccinelli, in his concession speech, complained of “being outspent by an unprecedented $15 million.” Continue reading

Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) begins a filibuster in an effort to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
November 10, 2013 | Blog

Three years ago, a Supreme Court case, the US Census and anti-Obama backlash set the course for an all-out assault on women’s fundamental freedoms. Continue reading

November 8, 2013 | Blog

The United States has experienced fundamental changes that are dramatically detrimental to democracy. any honest assessment of America’s arc of history tells us that it has bent toward justice only when the demand has been sufficient to address the crisis. Continue reading

November 5, 2013 | Blog

New report reveals a multi-faceted, national campaign to keep low wage workers poor. Continue reading

November 5, 2013 | Blog

Rich donors on the left and right are spending outlandish amounts on local elections to influence voters. 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)
November 1, 2013 | Blog

The Texas senator may tell his constituents he’s shaking up the status quo in Washington, but on political money, he’s all hat and no cattle. Continue reading

In this Sept. 24 2012, file photo former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks to reporters before the start of a bus tour campaign by Iowans for Freedom that is trying to convince Iowans to vote Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins off the bench in November, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. Wiggins isnít well known outside the legal community of his state, but whether he should keep his job has become one of the most fiercely contested judicial issues on the Nov. 6 ballot because of what he symbolizes in the debate over gay marriage. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
October 31, 2013 | Blog

Special interest groups are pouring millions into state judge elections, hoping to tip the scales of justice on key issues. Continue reading

October 31, 2013 | Blog

Investors are hungry for more information about the companies they invest in. Shareholders — the owners of the company — deserve to know where their money is going. Currently, it’s too easy for one person in corporate management to secretly spend company money on pet political projects. Disclosure would empower shareholders to engage in oversight and ensure that political expenditures are in the firm’s interest. And transparency helps investors avoid companies where corporate management consistently engages in risky political behavior. Continue reading

October 31, 2013 | Blog

After it was revealed that a letter supporting the legislation and signed by many Democratic representatives was written by K Street lobbyists, many reversed their position. Continue reading

George Mason University School of Law Professor Todd Zywicki, who also works for Global Economics Group.
October 27, 2013 | Blog

Academics get paid by financial firms to testify against Dodd-Frank regulations. What’s wrong with this picture? Continue reading

Security cameras are mounted on the side of a building overlooking an intersection in midtown Manhattan, Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in New York. In the background is a billboard of a human eye. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
October 23, 2013 | Blog

In a special report, Alternet uncovers the hidden corporate cash behind America’s out-of-control national surveillance state and finds that Democratic leaders are full-fledged players, right along with Republicans. Continue reading

JPMorgan Loss
October 22, 2013 | Blog

Better late than never grumpy citizens can say, but someone still needs to go to jail. Continue reading

In this Jan. 25, 2006 file photo, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, chats with Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)
October 16, 2013 | Blog

A one-two punch rewriting of campaign finance law that drove legislators to heed their own parties’ extreme elements. Continue reading

John Boehner
October 8, 2013 | Blog

The Speaker can avert disaster with some procedural jiu-jitsu at the eleventh hour. Continue reading

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