• March 10, 2017
    Trump’s business conflicts undermine the presidency. For the sake of the country, stand up for democracy.
  • February 16, 2016
    The economist says that those looking for specific examples to prove that politicians take money for votes are missing the real way that money and influence works in politics.
  • December 2, 2015

    This post originally appeared at The Huffington Post. There's an old corruption joke that you'll find variations of in India, in Nigeria, in China -- I've heard versions from everywhere. A bureaucrat from China visits an Indian counterpart and sees the beautiful home and asks, "how did you get this beautiful house?" The Indian functionary answers, "Can you see that bridge?" "Yes" "10 percent," says the bureaucrat, smugly. Then, a decade later, the Indian counterpart returns the ...

  • December 2, 2015
    Zephyr Teachout writes that while the state Assembly speaker has been convicted of corruption, he's only a small piece of New York's dishonorable system.
  • August 5, 2015

    As Bill Moyers often has said, "News is what people want to keep hidden. Everything else is publicity." Throughout his journalism career, Bill and his team have investigated how all too often our government has tried to conceal its most dubious and even illegal actions behind an obfuscating fogbank of bureaucracy, diversion, prevarication and secrecy. Whatever you think our officials are doing, they’re usually doing something worse. From the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 ...

  • August 4, 2015

    The most destructive influence on American democracy is the way in which we have allowed big money to buy our government and politics. With such Supreme Court decisions as Citizens United and McCutcheon, we have unleashed a tidal wave of cash – much of it anonymous and without limit – to all but drown out the voice of the people. In this collection of conversations, commentary and articles, we present the evidence of how deeply ...

  • June 9, 2015
    After serving in Congress, half of all retiring senators and 42 percent of retiring representatives become lobbyists. We need new rules to keep corruption -- or even the appearance of it -- at bay.
  • March 11, 2015
    Find out how the National Institute on Money in State Politics organizes and distributes millions of political finance records -- and how you can use that data to track the money in your state.
  • March 1, 2015
    Publicly financed elections -- and a return to trust busting -- are key to ending political corruption in the United States.
  • February 23, 2015
    Fighting the corruption of money in politics one state -- and even one city -- at a time may be the most effective path to reform.