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Sanders-Backed ‘Our Revolution’ Scores Major Victories on Election Day

In August, just one month after the Democratic National Convention, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced the launch of Our Revolution, a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping his progressive movement alive and strong. Among its stated goals are “supporting a new generation … 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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How We Arrived at Government-Administered Primary Elections

As Bob Conner reported for IVN in 2014, New Jersey’s independents spent approximately $100 million to pay for primaries in which they could not vote between 2000 and 2013. The obvious question is, how did this come to be? How did … Continue reading

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2016 Will Make the Strongest Case for Publicly Funded Elections

The 2012 presidential election was certainly the most expensive in American history. President Obama‘s re-election effort cost $1.1 billion, including nearly $700 million spent directly by his campaign. Mitt Romney‘s campaign spent over $400 million, but he received almost $800 million … Continue reading

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Will The First Prison Sentence over Super PAC Shenanigans Matter?

On Friday, June 12, Tyler Harber was sentenced to serve two years in prison, making him the first person to be convicted and jailed for unlawfully coordinating activities between a super PAC and a federal campaign. The sentencing serves as a caveat to congressional … Continue reading

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But Not When It Counts: A Critique of Calif.’s Top-Two Primary

Let’s imagine there are three voters all in the same district: Mr. Blue, Mrs. White, and Mrs. Green.

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Third Parties Struggle to Gain Access to State Ballots

As IVN contributor AJ Signieri described in June, third parties in Illinois struggle to secure a place on the state’s general election ballots. If a party’s nominee for governor does not cross the 5 percent threshold, the party is considered … Continue reading

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