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MAPlight.org, a Berkeley-based online watchdog, is breaking ground by using technology to track how political contributions shape legislation.

The modern campaign finance system is broken. Congress should pass laws that will fix it.

As America embarks on the longest, most costly presidential race in history, Russ Feingold is asking Congress to apply the brakes.

Howard Rich is pouring big money into leveraging our electoral system to
serve his libertarian agenda.

How can the left build a new majority? EMILY's List has a big piece
of the answer.

Tom DeLay's indictments open the door for Congress to overhaul current
lobbying laws and fix the broken system of campaign finance,
redistricting and electoral laws that foster misconduct on both sides
of the aisle.

Contrary to popular opinion, large donors dominated
fund-raising even more than usual in the 2004 election cycle.

To hear conservatives describe it, the only video appearances that hurt John Kerry more than that of Osama bin Laden were those of Hollywood celebrities, who united behind his candidacy as never

This article is adapted from Sifry and Watzman's just-published Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day.

About half of the largest ballot-counting corporation, Election Systems & Software (ES&S), is owned by the Omaha World-Herald Company, which publishes the city's conservative daily newspa

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Low turnout and a lot of last-minute spending by outside groups were critical factors. And Democrats need to understand that’s the 2014 reality.

March 11, 2014

The stage is set for New York to ignite a nationwide movement rolling back some of the catastrophic consequences of Citizens United and (likely) McCutcheon

March 11, 2014

When Super PAC contributions and dark money are taken into account, David and Charles Koch spent over $412 million during the last election cycle. 

March 7, 2014

An agenda of constitutional amendments, structural changes and referendum votes for raises and rights.

January 1, 2014

Not quite.

December 3, 2013

Could a debate over campaign finance breathe new life into Lhota's bid for NYC mayor?

October 25, 2013

It was early, but for a moment I thought I was reading something important in an ad in The New York Times. Someone was paying attention to our nation's teetering imbalance! (Not.)

October 25, 2013

The effects of unlimited and opaque influx of money into institutions of political power have been insidious and widespread, tearing at the foundation of the political system like an insurgency of termites.

October 11, 2013

McConnell will ask the Supreme Court to scrap campaign contribution limits today in the McCutcheon v. FEC case—if they agree, it will be a massive setback to campaign finance reform.

October 8, 2013

A Supreme Court case about campaign contribution limits could also deal a blow to other good government laws.

October 7, 2013