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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.

US Capitol

Time to stop being cynical about corporate money in politics and start being angry.

Are other countries as vulnerable to the effects of money and private interests in politics as we are in the United States?

The IRS is investigating whether five wealthy donors financing political advocacy groups should be paying additional taxes on their contributions. What is this tax, and why hasn't this been enforced before?

Special interest groups poured millions of undisclosed dollars into Wisconsin's 2011 Supreme Court election. But the state's new public financing system allowed the candidates to get their message to voters without relying on contributions from lawyers who appear before them in court.

After the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, corporations like Koch Industries are pushing their own political agenda in the workplace.

Are other countries as vulnerable to the effects of money and private interests in politics as we are in the United States?

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Campaign-finance operations have mutated at a frightening pace each successive election since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision—and this year may represent the apex.

October 22, 2014

Yes, they’re the “premier princes of dark money,” but the governor’s cool with that.

October 8, 2014

Could ads like this stop the Kochs from buying the Senate?

September 25, 2014

Gary Palmer claims his think tank’s funding is “almost entirely” from individuals. That isn’t true.

September 18, 2014

A grassroots citizen-driven campaign has forced the Senate to debate a constitutional response to Citizens United.

September 7, 2014

More than 1 million comments have been submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission calling on the agency to require that corporations disclose political spending to their shareholders.

September 5, 2014

A secret tape of a senator at a Koch brothers event becomes an issue in a key Senate race.

August 28, 2014

Documents reveal how a mining firm quietly supported Wisconsin’s governor.

August 25, 2014

New York’s governor should accept the Democratic challenger’s proposal for debates about corruption—and more.

July 29, 2014