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The Koch Brothers Raised $249 Million at Their Latest Donor Summit

At their most recent retreat in Southern California two weeks ago, the billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch and 450 of their …

2016 ads hitting the web, public left in the dark

With most of the media coverage of the 2016 elections focused on the jockeying between potential candidates for the Oval Office, it's easy to lose …

Arnold Schwarzenegger calls for adoption of green energy as he calls climate change the 'issue of our time'

Former California governor and Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling for more to be done to combat climate change, saying it is 'the issue …

Waiting for the next Watergate

Congress took another stab at campaign finance reform in the late 1990s. The result was the 2002 Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act — commonly known as McCain-Feingold after its two Senate sponsors. The effort gained momentum after it came to light that high-dollar Democratic donors were given …

How to Disclose Your Lobbying While Keeping the Public In the Dark

Arch­er Daniels Mid­land, the $30 bil­lion glob­al food gi­ant, has plenty at stake when it comes to fed­er­al and con­gres­sion­al poli­cy­mak­ing. …

Lobbying

The DISCLOSE Act and the First Amendment

In their second hearing on anonymous campaign spending since the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision, members of the Senate Rules Committee sparred …

9 Quotes on Climate Change and Energy, and Why They Matter

<i>Editor’s Note: Click here to watch videos from the Aspen Ideas Festival on climate change, energy, and the environment.</i><p>Climate change: you either …

What if your cell phone buzzed every time someone gave your congressman a ton of money?

Four years ago, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy made a quaint assessment about the power of technology to counter any nefarious effects from massive campaign contributions in politics. From his majority opinion in the landmark <i>Citizens United</i> case:<p>With the advent of the Internet, prompt …

The DGA Should Not Be Attacking Connecticut's Fair Elections Law

The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) recently filed a federal complaint challenging the constitutionality of several Connecticut statutes that …

Government

The most terrifying graph on democracy is a flat line

Is America becoming an oligarchy where the average citizens has little to no power? New research shows average Americans have little to no sway on the political process unless their views happen to line up with those of economic elites or special interest groups. That research includes a very …

Here’s how to put everyday citizens in charge of financing campaigns

<i>In a post last week, Seth Masket argued that “‘fixing’ campaign finance is only making it worse.” This is a guest post in response by John Sarbanes, who represents Maryland’s 3rd District in the House and is the author of the Government by the People Act.</i><p>In a bad sequel to the Citizens United …

Boehner vs. Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner says he's not responsible for the House GOP's #Benghazi fundraising because he has nothing to do with National Republican …

How to Tap Latent Conservative Support for Climate-Change Policy

It's all a matter of how the issue is framed and what values activists appeal to.<p>Both last month's Senate Climate Talkathon and Tom Steyer’s $100 million dollar pledge to back environment-friendly candidates indicate the same thing: Democrats are getting serious about global warming again. But even …

The post-McCutcheon big money era begins

Today, the Republican Party took advantage of the recent <i>McCutcheon v. FEC</i> ruling to form a new "super committee" that can raise nearly $100,000 from a single donor.<p>The new entity will combine the fundraising strength of the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional …

Real time transparency bill a real time response to McCutcheon

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, responded quickly to the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in McCutcheon v. FEC today, announcing that he will introduce …

Legalized Corruption and the Twilight of Campaign-Finance Law

In McCutcheon v. FEC , the Supreme Court finds that those whose lack of money stifles their voices are simply losers in a fair democratic system.<p>After Wednesday’s execrable decision in <i>McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission</i><i>,</i> we are likely to hear more bashing of the Court’s 2009 decision in</i> …

Repairing Democracy

As freshmen members of the U.S. House of Representatives, we know the corrosive effect the out-of-control campaign finance system is having on our democracy. Every election brings new examples of special interests drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens -- and of candidates who are forced to …

More Than Corruption Threatens the Integrity of Our Democracy

The sad tale of how the Supreme Court got McCutcheon v. FEC wrong and how that's helping to foster an Inequality Era.<p>What does it mean to corrupt an …

Middle-class

The Psychology Of Language: Why Are Some Words More Persuasive?

What's actually going on in the brain when it processes language? And if words affect the mind in different ways, are some more persuasive than …

Lawyer's snarky response to cease-and-desist letter suggests the sender is joking or 'a big meanie'

• Home<br>• Daily News<br>• Lawyer's snarky response to cease-and-desist…<p>Intellectual Property<p>Surely the lawyer for a New Jersey township is not “a big …

Symbolia Tablet Magazine Aims To Turn News Into A Comic

The creators of Symbolia see the new tablet app as part of a journalistic movement that combines real reporting with the handcrafted, entertaining feel of comics.<p>If Erin Polgreen’s life were a comic book, her origin story would start like this: As a teenager, Polgreen, a 30-year-old Chicago-based …

A Delicious Pie Chart for Pi Day!

A fun little Pie Chart for Pi Day from the team at Shutterstock that looks at the search results from their own image library.<p><i>In honor of Pi Day</i> …

David Foster Wallace on Ambition | Blank on Blank

A clear, comprehensive overview of the U.S. electricity system

Electricity is like magic. It is omnipresent, available in your wall whenever you want it, odorless, invisible, immaterial, yet seemingly endless and …

Rooftop solar vs. utilities: The San Antonio episode

This week I’ve been writing about U.S. utilities and their struggle with distributed solar power. Now, along comes a story that might as well have …