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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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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