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Time to stop being cynical about corporate money in politics and start being angry.

Are other countries as vulnerable to the effects of money and private interests in politics as we are in the United States?

The IRS is investigating whether five wealthy donors financing political advocacy groups should be paying additional taxes on their contributions. What is this tax, and why hasn't this been enforced before?

Special interest groups poured millions of undisclosed dollars into Wisconsin's 2011 Supreme Court election. But the state's new public financing system allowed the candidates to get their message to voters without relying on contributions from lawyers who appear before them in court.

After the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, corporations like Koch Industries are pushing their own political agenda in the workplace.

Are other countries as vulnerable to the effects of money and private interests in politics as we are in the United States?

Did the Tea Party set the agenda for last night's elections? Is the Blue Dog coalition done for? Nation contributors Richard Kim, John Nichols and Laura Flanders explain.

Moderates are no longer welcome in the GOP—and Democrats shouldn't try to compromise with what the party's become.

With a severely dysfunctional election system overly dependent on private cash, the control of the entire House could be in the hands of a few Democrats in safe seats.

This election season, we are witnessing an assault on democracy by multinational corporations that, freed by the Citizens United ruling, are out to get the best government money can buy.

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Complaints have been filed with state and federal official regarding Illegal use of tax exempt status by billionaire David Koch.

February 24, 2012

There’s mounting pressure from the Hill to crack down on outside money in politics.

February 22, 2012

The Obama campaign already appears to be fundraising for its Super PAC—starting in the financial sector.

February 8, 2012

The bulk of Romney’s fundraising comes from the 1 percent of the 1 percent.

February 1, 2012

When the candidate with the most endorsements and money can't get half of Florida GOP voters to back him, that signals problems in November.

January 31, 2012

If Newt Gingrich does make it into the White House, he will have a “direct and personal debt” to billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

January 30, 2012

How can Americans overturn corporate influence in government?

January 20, 2012

A week full of progressives victories—SOPA, Keystone and Wisconsin recall efforts—bring great reminders about the long game of organizing.

January 20, 2012

Citizens United exacerbated the problem of money in politics to an extent that few actually comprehend.

January 20, 2012

Notorious lobbyist Jack Abramoff explains what separates the most successful lobbyists from the rest.

January 17, 2012