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Supreme Court

The McCutcheon campaign finance ruling is only the latest in a series of bad decisions that have sparked growing grassroots resistance.

On paper, the influence-peddling business is drying up. But lobbying money is flooding into Washington, DC, like never before. What’s going on?

IRS building

New IRS regulations for 501(c)(4) groups may damage the ability of everyday Americans to have an impact on the political process.

John Podesta is just the latest to make use of the White House’s revolving door for lobbyists.

990 form

Recently filed tax returns shed light on some of the dark money that flooded the campaign season.

Dollarocracy

Special interests dominate Washington and undermine our democracy.

IRS building

It’s absurd to expect agency auditors to sort out confusing, outdated campaign finance laws and regulations.

Can he make New York the “progressive capital of the nation”—by empowering Republicans?

Barack Obama

It’s because they are so beholden to their big-money contributors that they can’t fight the GOP even on issues that they know have overwhelming public support.

A former FCC commissioner points out that the agency can simply enforce a campaign finance disclosure requirement that’s already on the books.

Blogs

By striking down a century-old Montana anti-corruption law, a narrow High Court majority has removed barriers to the buying of state and local elections by multinational corporations.

June 25, 2012

At a posh resort in Utah, the man who would be president gets together with the man who’s really in charge.

June 22, 2012

The Supreme Court’s partisan majority has made it harder for public-sector unions to engage in politics. This is not what democracy looks like.

June 21, 2012

Obama for America filed a complaint with the FEC arguing that Karl Rove’s group is a political committee, so it must disclose its donors.

June 20, 2012

Who knew that Melber can hold a brimming cocktail at an unnatural height and give political advice at the same time?

June 19, 2012

The administration appears unwilling to commit to serious campaign finance reforms. 

June 18, 2012

Ads that lie about Democrats will be the product of recent major donations to Mitt Romney, brought to us by billionares and Wall Street.

June 15, 2012

Nearly half the states have joined the fight to uphold Montana’s ban on corporate expenditures. For the Supreme Court, the pressure’s on.

June 12, 2012

The “money power” is on the march in our politics and the Vermont senator says the message of the billionaies is clear: “We want it all. And now we can buy it.”

June 8, 2012

Scott Walker’s win doesn't necessarily mean Mitt Romney will triumph in November. But it does prove that corporate money threatens American democracy. 

June 6, 2012