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Affirmative Political Action

Yesterday I posted about how Americans almost unanimously say that our system for funding elections is broken and needs to be dramatically changed. Here’s a good example of why they feel that way, and an organization that is doing something about it. The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) has announced that they are suing the Federal […]

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Money in Politics

A recent poll performed by the NY Times and CBS News confirms that Americans believe that money is causing major problems with our politics. A stunning 84% say that money has too much influence on political campaigns, and 85% say that candidates who win public office then promote policies that favor people and groups who […]

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Something in the Air

Last week, on tax day, Florida postal worker Doug Hughes managed to land his small, slow-moving gyrocopter on the lawn of the US Capitol, in one of the most protected airspaces in the world. Many publications are focusing on the fact that he was able to evade our entire national defense system, but that should […]

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Amendments

The new Republican-controlled Senate immediately started paying back their largest campaign donors – the oil companies – by pushing for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Ironically, the beneficiaries of Keystone are mainly Canadian companies, but with our new rules that allow political contributions to remain completely anonymous, it is no surprise that there would […]

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For Sale?

© Tom Toles With free shipping and next day delivery, and complete secrecy guaranteed by the Supreme Court! Our favorite data-driven prognosticator of elections, Nate Silver, is predicting that the Republicans have a 62% chance of winning a majority in the Senate, while the Democrats have a 38% chance of keeping the majority. That’s a […]

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More Honest Political Ads

These are brilliant: You can contribute here. And speaking of honesty, be sure to read about the benefits you get for your contribution. And these aren’t the only guys out there fighting political corruption. Be sure to check out the Mayday Super PAC, whose goal is eliminate Super PACS (including their own). Irony!

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An Honest Politician

At last, a completely honest politician. But you might be surprised by what he is saying: And he’s being funded by an IndieGoGo campaign.

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The Difference Between Bribery and Lobbying

© Zach Weinersmith I can’t think of any other difference between lobbying and bribery. Can you?

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Oligarchy!

© Tom Tomorrow The Republican majority on the Supreme Court seems hell bent to solidify oligarchy in the US by ruling that money is free speech. Indeed, a recent study done at Princeton and Northwestern Universities looked at 1,800 laws enacted between 1981 and 2002 and compared them to the interests of average Americans (in […]

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Legalized Bribery

I know that the Citizens United decision happened over four years ago and has already done immense damage to our political system, but I fear that we ain’t seen nothing yet. According to the NY Times: This election year will be the moment when individual candidate super PACs — a form of legalized bribery — […]

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The Unbelievably Crazy World of Super PACs

Stephen Colbert shuts down his Super PAC, but manages to surprise even people like me who already thought our election laws are completely screwed up. This is unbelievable.

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Amend 2012!

There were a number of ballot measures in the recent election that asked people if they wanted to see the Citizens United Supreme Court decision overturned. And the results are that over seven million people said that corporations are not people and money is not free speech. The state of Montana passed initiative I-166 with […]

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Bribery by Any Other Name

Some of us have been guessing that the reason Sheldon Adelson is giving so much money (around $100 million) to Romney’s campaign is to buy his way out of criminal charges that he might face under an Obama administration. Well, we don’t have to guess any more. In a new interview with Politico, Adelson candidly […]

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Dirty Money

Super PACs have garnered a lot of attention lately, but they aren’t the real money in politics. Far worse are so-called “dark-money nonprofits”, which are allowed to keep their donors secret. The Citizens United decision not only allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on politics, it gives the same right to nonprofits. However, […]

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“Dark Wizards for a Better America” Super PAC

Even if you aren’t a Harry Potter fan, McSweeney’s has a hilarious article called “In Hindsight, Maybe We Shouldn’t Have Let Lord Voldemort Start His Own Super PAC”. Here’s just a short quote from it: I’m not saying that Super PACs are inherently evil or anything. After all, look how that Citizens United case turned […]

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