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Corruption, Super PACs, and Why the Media Hasn’t Covered Democracy Spring

Twenty-nine seconds: according to Lee Fang and Zaid Jilani of The Intercept, this is how much time cable news networks Fox News and MSNBC devoted to daytime and afternoon TV coverage of the Democracy Spring protests as of April 12. On April 11, when … 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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3 Biggest Hurdles Bernie Sanders Will Need to Clear to Finish the Race

As the number of Republican presidential candidates grows on a seemingly daily basis, the Democratic field is slowly becoming more crowded. It now includes Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). While Sanders entered the race as a … 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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This is What Inevitability Looks Like: How Hillary Clinton Won the Invisible Primary

Any doubts about whether Hillary Clinton intends to run for president in 2016 were dispelled in early April when Politico reported that some entity or individual — the details are still not clear — signed a lease to rent two floors in Brooklyn Heights, … Continue reading

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