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By pouring money into politics, pesticide companies have beat back attempts to protect the public.

George Mason University School of Law Professor Todd Zywicki.

Academics get paid by financial firms to testify against Dodd-Frank regulations. What’s wrong with this picture?

Dollarocracy

Special interests dominate Washington and undermine our democracy.

ALEC protest

Its annual conference proved that ALEC is still cozy with the NRA—and still pushing the agenda of giant corporations and right-wing ideologues.

AT&T

As the company moves to Internet-based telephone service, it’s looking to shed regulatory obligations that benefit low-income Americans.

Dollar bill

Washington institutions esteemed for their independent scholarship don’t disclose donations from corporations and foreign governments.

Capitol Hill building

Disclosures reveal that corporations and lobbying firms award six-figure bonuses to staff who leave to take powerful positions on Capitol Hill.

Wall Street

Battalions of regulatory lawyers burrowed deep in the federal bureaucracy to foil reform.

Pills

How Republicans and industry profiteers are targeting high school students, welfare applicants and the unemployed.

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.

Blogs

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison a group of corporate lobbyist will be working to turn the university into a quasi-private "public authority" institution. Other states that have gone down this road have seen tuition skyrocket. 

March 8, 2011

Some musical selections, and on News Corp.'s donation to the Republicans.

August 19, 2010

Ask your House member to co-sponsor Constitutional amendment for fair elections; or find a candidate who will.

March 31, 2010

As someone who has written several books and dozens of major articles on judicial interventions in our politics, and who has covered literally hundreds of campaigns in every state of the country, I have made no secret about my sense that the best response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to let corporations spend freely on campaigns is a constitutional amendment to protect our democracy from being overwhelmed with corporate cash.

February 11, 2010

My colleague and friend John Nichols' new post appropriately lauds Rep. Donna Edwards' proposed legislation to redress the damage done by the Supreme Court in its decision in the case of Citizens United v. FEC to abandon long-standing precedent with the purpose of permitting corporations to dominate the political discourse.

February 2, 2010

The 2009 stimulus bill that was supposed to spur job creation at a sufficient rate to prevent double-digit unemployment might have done so if it had been approved at the level and with the focus intended by the serious players in the U.S. House who initially crafted a real response to the recession.

February 1, 2010

If the Democratic Party wants to lose – or, to be more precise, wants to lose badly in 2010 and 2012, it need only maintain its current loyalty to the most powerful interests on Wall Street.

January 25, 2010

What to do about the decision by U.S. Supreme Court to -- in the words of Wisconsin Senator Russ Feingold -- "(ignore) important principles of judicial restraint and respect for precedent" in order to make corporations the dominant players in American politics?

January 21, 2010