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The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: iStock
July 12, 2014 | Blog

On Thursday, the Committee voted 10-8 to endorse an amendment to restore reasonable limits on financial contributions and expenditures intended to influence elections. Continue reading

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for a photo in her chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington, July 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
July 11, 2014

Seven dissenting opinions objecting to key decisions by the Roberts Court. Continue reading

A demonstrator dressed as the Bible stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, June 30, 2014, awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 11, 2014 | Blog

A line of Supreme Court rulings stretching back 200 years has blurred the distinction between flesh-and-blood citizens and the businesses they own. Continue reading

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. (AP Photo)
May 1, 2014 | Money & Politics

The system is broken. Politicians and scholars offer their thoughts on how to fix it. Continue reading

Climate Lobbying
April 29, 2014 | Perspectives

In the new world of campaign finance born after Citizens United, money speaks much louder than fiscal and environmental sanity. Continue reading

Thomas Picketty (Credit: Emmanuelle Marchadour)
April 25, 2014 | Perspectives

Piketty’s book is simultaneously intellectually rigorous, historically grounded, culturally nuanced and, in important respects, politically visionary. Continue reading

Super PACs must file with the IRS as 501(c)(4)s.
April 10, 2014 | Blog

Progressive donors tend to operate in the sunshine of public disclosure and are a pale shadow of the conservative juggernaut that is the Koch empire. Continue reading

TARGET
April 7, 2014 | Blog

What happened after voters found out about Target’s political donations shows why near real-time disclosure is so important. Note to Chief Justice Roberts: we are not even close to that now. Continue reading

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 4, 2014 | News & Notes

The inability of Washington to raise the minimum wage is a prime example of how elite donor dominance impacts real-world policymaking. Continue reading

George Washington painting by Charles Wilson Peale, 1772
April 3, 2014

From George Washington to Shaun McCutcheon, a timeline of America’s history of political money games. 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

This artist rendering shows the Supreme Court Justices. (AP Photo/Dana Verkouteren)
April 2, 2014 | Blog

Today, the Roberts Court rolled back 40 years of campaign finance law. 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)
April 1, 2014 | News & Notes

The Working Families Party slams Albany for its failure to overhaul New York’s system of election funding, calling it a “lost opportunity.” Continue reading

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April 1, 2014 | Blog

A number of GOP governors made the trek to Las Vegas over the weekend in an attempt to attract hundreds of millions in campaign donations from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Continue reading

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