Features related to money in politics

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

IRS-Political Groups
December 2, 2013 | Blog

The proposed regulations could dramatically limit how nonprofits spend money, but it’s not clear whether groups would comply. Continue reading

(AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
November 27, 2013 | Blog

A Florida swindler ran an operation that raised $100 million for Navy veterans, who barely saw any of it. The IRS gave the nonprofit a “clean bill of health.” Continue reading

People stand in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington D.C.,on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, to hear arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC.
October 8, 2013 | Blog

The Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in McCutcheon v. FEC, a case considered critical to the future of campaign finance. Continue reading

The Supreme Court Building in Washington. June 2012 (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 19, 2013 | Blog

Next month, the Supreme Court is hearing a new case — McCutcheon vs. FEC — that challenges contribution limits for individuals. Continue reading

Lawrence Lessig TED talk: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim
June 14, 2013

Through Rootstrikers, Lawrence Lessig seeks to stem the influence of money on our political system, what he considers the underlying source of challenges to American democracy. Continue reading

Represent.Us's dollar bill costumes will be used during the K Street 5K this Saturday. (credit: Represent.Us)
April 12, 2013 | Blog

When it comes to reforming Washington, money in politics is the issue that trumps all others. Activist Josh Silver has some ideas on how to fix our coin-operated political system. Continue reading

President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before his departure on Marine One helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and a visit with veterans who are being treated at the hospital and their families. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
March 6, 2013 | Blog

Because Obama is a lame duck — and not a campaigning candidate — Organizing for Action gives big donors more access to his administration than ever before. Continue reading

Goodnight Democracy
February 15, 2013

Follow the story of how big money bought our democracy, children’s-book style, courtesy of Rootstrikers and us. Continue reading

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton bids farewell to State Department employees at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Feb. 1, 2103, before departing the State Department for the final time as secretary of state. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 14, 2013

Who said the campaigns were over? Check out new super PACs and politically-aligned nonprofits hoping to keep their causes alive and the money coming. Continue reading

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama spar during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University. October 2012. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
October 19, 2012 | Blog

With your help, we ask the questions that have gone unasked, and answer them with the candidates’ own past statements. Continue reading

The Supreme Court, Federal Court, and the Thurgood Marshal U.S. Courthouse buildings in New York. May 2011 (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
October 12, 2012

Collect and share judicial election ads to draw attention to well-funded attacks on court systems and judges nationwide. Continue reading

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September 28, 2012 | Blog
A look at the past week in super PAC spending. New information shows that, for the first time, liberal super PACs outraised their conservative counterparts.
Anti-Romney Attack AD Capture
September 21, 2012 | Blog
More on Romney's '47 Percent' video, President Obama's Jay-Z / Beyoncé fundraiser and much more in this week's roundup from Mother Jones.
September 14, 2012 | Blog
A look at the week that was in the world of political dark money, from Mother Jones fellow Gavin Aronsen.