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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.


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It’s absurd to expect agency auditors to sort out confusing, outdated campaign finance laws and regulations.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


A US court of appeals reversed a lower-court decision that would have potentially forced some outside groups to open their books and reveal dark-money donors. 

September 19, 2012

The American Bankers Association, a powerful bank lobbying group, has voted to take advantage of Citizens United and will now spend undisclosed corporate money for bank industry-friendly candidates this year. 

September 6, 2012

Electoral victories are necessary but not sufficient. Uprooting inequality and restoring prosperity requires much more.

September 4, 2012

The president’s support for an amendment the constitution to overturn Citizens United is a big deal. But will he use Charlotte to position as the 2012 race’s real reformer?

September 3, 2012

A collection of transportation companies threw a party for Congressional leaders, using a neat trick to avoid breaking the rules. 

August 28, 2012

Members are taking money from the bank once again, as memory of the “fail whale” recedes.

August 24, 2012

Crossroads GPS ads are supposed to simply be educational—so why are they suddenly being pulled in Missouri?

August 21, 2012

Every week, Nation interns try to cut through the echo chamber and choose one good article in their area of interest that they feel should receive more attention.

July 27, 2012

With the soon-to-be GOP nominee collecting checks from executives of banks tied to the Libor scandal, Americans have a right to ask which team Romney is on.

July 26, 2012