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Cutting Out the Middleman

© Jerry Holbert This comic would be way funnier (albeit a bit more subtle) if the first panel said “I am sick of politicians being bought off by billionaires.” After all, why should billionaires go the indirect and inefficient route of bribing politicians, when they can just do whatever they want directly?

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Supreme Injustice in Wisconsin

More bad news from Conservative Utopia. And in an ironic way it is too bad that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker quit his run for the presidency, or else this story would be getting more attention. Part of why Walker never got any traction in his presidential bid is that his state’s economy has gone into […]

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Dark Money Landslide?

I’ve complained about “dark money” – unlimited money coming from 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) organizations that don’t have to disclose their donors, and who can use that money for political campaigns. Because they don’t have to disclose their donors, their money can come from foreign enemies, even criminal or terrorist organizations. Well, it is getting worse. […]

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Money Can’t Buy Happiness?

While the Citizens United decision and the rise of big money and Super PACs had a huge effect on the 2010 midterm election, they don’t seem to be having as much of an impact on the current presidential primaries. Don’t get me wrong, there is even more money being spent this time, but it doesn’t […]

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Follow the Money!

Here’s a cute app that helps you follow the money. It is a free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox (sorry IE users!). After you install it, when you are using your browser and it shows the name of a major politician, you can hover your cursor over the name and it will show […]

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Family Values

© Jack Ohman I like this comic because when Republicans talk about “family values” they are mainly speaking about gays, abortion, and single mothers. But while they talk a good story about those things, they haven’t actually gotten much done. So what are the “family” issues where they put all their energies and gotten the […]

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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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