Features related to 2012 election

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
December 23, 2013 | Blog

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations is being eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation and bureaucracy. 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

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

Tea party activists attend a rally on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2013. The IRS has been under fire from Democrats and Republicans in Congress since May, when one of its officials publicly apologized for targeting conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status for close examination. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 9, 2013 | Blog

Almost everything “reported” about the big Obama scandal was wrong, and no one has been held to account. Continue reading

Lawrence Lessig delivers a TED talk: "We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim"
June 11, 2013 | Blog

The academic and political activist will be talking about the corrupting influence of money on our political system and how we can take our democracy back from the billionaires. Continue reading

A copy of a campaign finance report from the super PAC "Vermonters First." October 2012. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
March 19, 2013 | Blog

“Follow the Money.” Deep Throat’s famous words are even truer today; money remains at the root of corruption in government and politics. In this audio interview, Los Angeles Times journalist Matea Gold talks about investigating Washington’s money trail. Continue reading

This undated frame grab taken from AP video shows a control room at television station WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Va. Political ads are blasting across the television airwaves in the Roanoke/Lynchburg Va. market, delighting broadcasters but making some viewers cringe. Blame Virginia's status as a swing state in the 2012 presidential race _ and the cheap air time in the Roanoke/Lynchburg television market. By the number of television households, with New York at the top, Roanoke is down the market size list at number 68. (AP Photo/AP Video)
March 7, 2013 | Blog
A new report finds that many local TV stations selling airtime to dark money groups for political ads are not following the FCC disclosure requirements.
Vice President Joe Biden, flanked by the President of the National Association of Police Organizations and Boston police officer, Thomas Nee and President of the Police Executive Research Forum and Major Cities Chiefs Association and Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, speaks to a task force that will look at ways of reducing gun violence. Dec. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 8, 2013 | BillBoard
Important articles from around the web, including reports of new gun control legislation, the newly-reintroduced DISCLOSE Act and increased health care costs.
Ryan Gosling played a fictional political consultant in 2011's political thriller The Ides of March.
December 12, 2012 | Blog
The post-Citizens United explosion of money in political campaigns means big profits for consultants.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives Chamber. (AP Photo/Kalim A. Bhatti)
November 30, 2012 | Blog

Although members of the American Legislative Exchange Council lost seats in recent elections, it’s still not known how many newly elected state legislators will join the group. Continue reading

State Rep. William Tong, holds his son Alexander with his family during opening session at the State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. Tong is the only Asian-American running for the U.S. Senate this election season from the continental U.S. February 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
November 30, 2012 | Blog

Asian Americans have shifted from supporting Republican candidates to overwhelmingly supporting Democrats. Have conservatives pushed them away? Continue reading

Students from the Progress Village Christian Academy get their first chance to play on a new playground built by volunteers in in Tampa, Fla. September 2011. (Brian Blanco / AP Images for Rebuilding Together)
November 28, 2012 | Q&A
What can we learn about Congress on the playground? Can our representatives work together — or do they need a giant time out?
The Supreme Court building in Washington. June 2012 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
November 26, 2012 | BillBoard
AlterNet writer Steven Rosenfeld reports on a UCLA conference, during which legal scholars discussed the best ways to get money out of politics.
A copy of a campaign finance report from the super PAC "Vermonters First." October 2012. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
November 14, 2012 | Blog
Americans across the political spectrum are in favor of scaling back the amount of money going into campaigns.
Bernard Weisberger
November 13, 2012 | Group Think
The historian argues that Obama's re-election is not a true victory for progressives, but there are other things worth cheering about.
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