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The Transpartisan, Grassroots Movement to Overturn Citizens United is Gaining Serious Momentum

In recent years, there have been several top-down attempts to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United. That decision, made in 2010, birthed legal entities known as super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited sums of money so long as … Continue reading

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Post-Citizens United, Is Foreign Money Pouring into Our Elections?

Federal law states that foreign governments, corporations, and individuals cannot spend money on elections in the United States. Yet following the Citizens United decision in 2010, some – including President Obama himself – have worried that foreign money could have an easier time influencing American … Continue reading

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On the Issues: Citizens United, Campaign Finance, and the Presidential Candidates

A majority of Americans believe that there is too much money in politics, including money spent by “outside groups” – those not affiliated with a campaign – in the run-up to elections. In responding to these concerns, presidential candidates Clinton, Trump, Johnson, … Continue reading

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Plutocrats United: The Impact of Citizens United Isn’t Simply About Corruption… It’s About Political Equality

In recent years, few Supreme Court decisions have been as controversial – or as consequential – as the ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, in which the 5-4 majority held that the First Amendment rights of organizations such as … Continue reading

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Lawmakers Set Back Years of Campaign Finance Reform Efforts in Spending Deal

Early Wednesday morning, Congress announced it had reached an agreement on an omnibus spending bill. While much of the 2,009-page document relates to regular budgetary matters, it includes several riders that temporarily prevent the federal bureaucracy from enacting reforms regulating political spending. One … Continue reading

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Gerrymandering Reduces Competition in House Elections

According to a Washington Post Election Lab projection from May 2014, an incumbent in 405 of the 435 House contests has a 90 percent chance or greater of winning his or her seat, leaving only 30 seats still relatively up for grabs. Other prominent … Continue reading

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