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President Obama is to be applauded for questioning Mitt Romney’s legacy, although his motives seem to be as opportunistic as those of Romney’s primary race opponents.

Wisconsin recall supporters

In the June 5 recall election to unseat Gov. Scott Walker and his cronies, grassroots activists are fighting millions in corporate cash.

Ballot

As campaigns against the right-wing group continue, we must fight its sabotaging of voting rights across the country.

The Republicans are a sick joke, and their narrow ideological stupidity has left rational voters no choice in the coming presidential election but Barack Obama.

Mitt Romney

With the 2012 elections projected to be the priciest ever, we must rein in the billions of influence-peddling dollars flowing toward Washington.

Why does 76 percent of the civil libertarian’s Super PAC money come from billionaire Peter Thiel, whose Palantir Technologies helps the government spy on citizens?

How the politics of the super-rich became American politics.

Sheldon Adelson

How can it be that the “richest Jew in the world” can buy the foreign policy of a major party’s presidential contender and “the Jews” have somehow escaped the blame?

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

Dump 'Citizens United'!

We need a constitutional amendment to stem the flood of corporate money that’s poisoning our democracy.

Blogs

The SEC is considering rules for political disclosure—and a voluntary regime simply isn’t enough. 

March 29, 2013

Cecilia Tkaczyk’s underdog victory on a campaign finance reform platform should stir up the struggle against money in politics—and push the governor to take a stance.

January 22, 2013

A new proposal from the SEC to require companies to disclose political spending is drawing a harsh rebuke from big business lobbyists. 

January 10, 2013

On behalf of the state retirement fund, the New York comptroller is suing a tech company to provide info about its political donations, setting an important precedent in the Citizens United era.

January 10, 2013

A campaign finance scandal in California, relating to $11 million laundered into the election from out of state, could grow into the biggest dark money story of the year. 

November 5, 2012

“Social welfare groups” don’t have to disclose their donors, even though they’re giving millions to campaigns.

November 5, 2012

Groups that swore not to back the controversial candidate now are—but it probably won’t matter.

November 1, 2012

STUDENT FINALIST: When one candidate can raise over seven time the funds of the other, it becomes nearly impossible to get a nonbiased view of the election.

October 25, 2012

Super PAC and trade association spending can be most influential in state and local races, where voters—and reporters—pay least attention.

October 5, 2012

Romney’s corporate donors and big business background make him a dangerous choice for “CEO of America.”

September 28, 2012