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

September 28, 2012

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