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Voters cast their Election Day ballots at Harrison High School in Harrison, Mont. November 2012. (AP Photo/Janie Osborne)
August 5, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship speaks with the Washington Post’s Matea Gold about what, if anything, can be done to break the gridlock at the FEC. Continue reading

Lawrence Lessig 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

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May 17, 2013 | Moyers & Company

The heads of two independent watchdog groups discuss their efforts to scrutinize special interest money going into political pockets. Continue reading

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May 15, 2013 | Moyers & Company

This week, Bill explores why lead and other toxins continue to threaten America. Also, how money secretly rules Washington. Watch the full show. Continue reading

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May 13, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Bill explores why lead and other toxins continue to threaten America. Also, how money still secretly rules Washington. Continue reading

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
May 10, 2013 | Blog

The buying and selling of “political intelligence” is a growing industry that some say should be regulated like lobbying. Continue reading

The Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington. (Credit: flickr/arsheffield)
April 25, 2013 | Blog
The SEC says its considering a new rule that would require publicly traded corporations to disclose political spending to their shareholders.
House Speaker John Boehner reenacts the swearing in of Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 24, 2013 | Blog

For House Republicans, getting a coveted chairmanship is more than just prestigious — it also means big money for their campaign coffers. 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

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chair Sheila Bair, right, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on problems in mortgage servicing from modification to foreclosure. At left is Phyllis Caldwell, chief of the Homeownership Preservation Office of the Treasury Department. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
March 22, 2013 | Blog
In this excerpt from Sheila Bair's book, she lays out three reforms to make the regulatory system work better.
FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2006 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., center, flanked by then-Sen. Barack Obama, left, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at the Library of Congress in Washington to outline their agenda for reform in the wake of the scandal involving former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Few members of Congress are disclosing the fundraising help they get from lobbyists despite a new law that is supposed to make it easy for the public to track campaign connections between lawmakers and the people hired to influence them, an Associated Press review found. From left are: Obama, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., Reid, Pelosi, and Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, FILE)
March 21, 2013 | Blog

A new report finds that the amount of money spent on lobbying and the number of registered lobbyists has dropped. But that doesn’t mean there’s less lobbying in the nation’s capitol. 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

Former Senator Russ Feingold speaks at a Common Cause conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate.
March 16, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship speaks with the former senator about what needs to happen before America is ready for another round of campaign finance reform. Continue reading

Former Senator Russ Feingold speaks at a Common Cause conference to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate.
March 15, 2013 | Blog

Michael Winship talks with the economist about lessons on government transparency that America learned, then forgot, in the years since Watergate. 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.
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