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Robert McChesney: If Bloomberg Wants to Buy an Election, He Should Run as a Republican Against Trump—Not Sabotage Democrats

The mega-billionaire should be running against Trump in the Republican primaries, not as a Democrat. If he actually cared about this country more than stroking his massive ego that is exactly what he would be doing.

February 12, 2020 · 3 Comments

Karl Evers-Hillstrom: Senators overseeing impeachment trial got campaign cash from Trump legal team members

Former independent counsels Ken Starr and Robert Ray, who investigated then-President Bill Clinton around the time of his impeachment, each made large campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last year before joining Trump’s legal team.

January 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Tiffany Muller: The Court Ruling That Sold Our Democracy

Ten years after Citizens United, the damage is broad and deep — but we can still fix it.

January 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Richard Briffault: What is ‘dark money’? 5 questions answered

With the 2020 campaign season upon us, “dark money” is again in the news.

October 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Ofer Raban: There’s a wider scandal suggested by the Trump investigations

The scope of financial crimes unearthed so far by state and federal authorities investigating President Trump and his associates is remarkable.  Paul Manafort was found guilty of bank and tax … Continue reading

January 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Sandy Solomon: Notes from the Times

We watch purchase of power become protected right: they claim that money equals nothing less than speech. Bad enough that once wasps broached the ceiling. Near the patch, across the … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sarah van Gelder: Feeling Burned Out? When We Gather, We Get Energized

If it feels like you and the people you know have no say over what happens in Washington, D.C., that’s not an illusion. Research shows that ordinary people have close … Continue reading

January 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Bill Moyers and Michael Winship: Netanyahu Speaks, Money Talks

Everything you need to know about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday was the presence in the visitor’s gallery of one man – Sheldon Adelson. The gambling … Continue reading

March 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: How the Trade Deals Boost the top 1% and Bust the Rest

Suppose that by enacting a particular law, we’d increase the U.S.Gross Domestic Product. But almost all that growth would go to the richest 1 percent. The rest of us could … Continue reading

February 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

Defense Industry-Backed Lawmakers Voted to Continue Police Militarization

WASHINGTON – Local law enforcement around the country has become more heavily armed through partnerships with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. One of the key … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

GOP Seeks to Further Weaken Campaign Finance Laws

Experts say latest challenge could further erode contribution limits Republican lawmakers hoping to rake in more campaign cash from Wall Street are challenging a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

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