Guy-Uriel Charles
Guy-Uriel Charles

Guy-Uriel Charles

Guy-Uriel Charles is the founding director of the Duke Law Center on Law, Race and Politics. He is an expert in and frequent public commentator on constitutional law, election law, campaign finance, redistricting, politics, and race. He joined Duke Law’s faculty in 2009; he previously was the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Professor of […]

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Henry C.K. Liu

Henry C.K. Liu

Henry C.K. Liu was born in Hong Kong and educated at Harvard University in architecture and urban design. His interest in economics and international relations started when he participated in interdisciplinary work on urban and regional development as a professor at the University of California Los Angeles, Harvard and Columbia. He is currently chairman of […]

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Nathaniel Persily

Nathaniel Persily

Nathaniel Persily is the Charles Keller Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science and the Director of the Center for Law and Politics at Columbia Law School. Professor Persily’s scholarship focuses on American election law or what is sometimes called the “law of democracy,” which addresses issues such as voting rights, political parties, campaign finance, […]

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Tova Andrea Wang

Tova Andrea Wang

Tova Andrea Wang is a nationally known expert on election reform and political participation in the United States and internationally. She is Senior Democracy Fellow at Demos, a Fellow at The Century Foundation, and a consultant to organizations working to improve democracy around the world, such as the National Democratic Institute and The Carter Center. […]

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Doug Kendall

Doug Kendall

Doug Kendall is a litigator, author, activist, and non-profit entrepreneur. He is the founder and President of the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC), a think tank, law firm and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of our Constitution’s text and history.  Doug previously founded Community Rights Counsel (CRC), CAC’s predecessor organization, and directed CRC […]

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John Coequyt

John Coequyt

Director of the Sierra Club’s international climate programs as well as a representative on domestic climate change and energy issues. John has worked on domestic and international climate change policy for over a decade. Prior to his time at the Sierra Club, he worked for Greenpeace USA where he served as an international climate campaigner. […]

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Garrit Voggesser

Garrit Voggesser

Garrit Voggesser is NWF’s National Director for Tribal Partnerships. He works nationwide with tribes on a variety of wildlife, habitat, climate change, energy, water, and other conservation issues. Much of his work focuses on partnering with tribes to restore wild bison, restore and protect native habitat and wildlife on tribal lands, and ensure equitable support […]

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Lynn A. Stout

Lynn A. Stout

Professor Lynn A. Stout is the Distinguished Professor of Corporate and Business Law Clarke Business Law, Cornell Law School. Professor Stout is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate governance, securities regulation, financial derivatives, law and economics, and moral behavior. Stout is the author of numerous articles and books on these topics and […]

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Penda D. Hair

Penda D. Hair

A staunch advocate of civil rights, Penda Hair has spent the last 25 years defending the rights of those unjustly discriminated against. Former director of the Washington, DC, office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Hair co-founded Advancement Project to serve as an innovative racial justice organization that would strengthen grassroots efforts to […]

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Tom Saenz
Tom Saenz

Tom Saenz

Thomas A. Saenz is the President and General Counsel of MALDEF, where he leads the civil rights organization’s five offices in pursuing litigation, policy advocacy, and community education to promote the civil rights of Latinos living in the United States.  Saenz re-joined MALDEF in August 2009, after spending four years on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio […]

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Jeremy Miller
Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller

Jeremy Miller currently serves as Policy Director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). Prior to joining CREW, Mr. Miller worked in the U.S. Senate as a Special Assistant in the office of Senator Jeff Merkley, providing legislative assistance on banking and healthcare issues. Mr. Miller has also worked on the Committee on […]

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Michael Greenberger

Michael Greenberger

Michael Greenberger is professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he teaches a course entitled “Futures, Options and Derivatives.” Professor Greenberger has served as the Technical Advisor to the United Nations Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System; and as a member of the […]

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Anat Admati

Anat Admati

Anat Admati is the George G.C. Parker Professor of Finance and Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has written extensively on information dissemination in financial markets, trading mechanisms, portfolio management, financial contracting, and, most recently, on corporate governance and banking. Since 2010, Admati has been active in the policy debate on financial […]

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Michael J. Malbin

Michael J. Malbin

Michael J. Malbin is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Campaign Finance Institute, (CFI), a nonpartisan research institute in Washington DC.  He is also a Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York. One of the country’s leading scholars of money and politics, Malbin has been writing and speaking […]

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John C. Bonifaz
John C. Bonifaz

John C. Bonifaz

John Bonifaz is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Free Speech for People, a national, non-partisan campaign that works to challenge the misuse of corporate power and restore republican democracy to the people.  Free Speech For People catalyzes and advances the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United, Buckley v. Valeo, and […]

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Zephyr Teachout
August 6, 2015

On this episode of Slate Money, Zephyr Teachout joins host Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.

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Lawrence Lessig
June 11, 2015

To the surprise of many, money in politics is becoming an increasingly important issue in the debate over the upcoming presid


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Zephyr Teachout
May 28, 2015

If you donate money to a U.S. Senator and he helps you or your business, that isn’t necessarily a crime.

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The arrest of New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, coming just months after the indictment of Assembly Speaker Sheldo


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In the documentary “Waiting for Superman” which is about reforming public schools, Geoffrey Canada, the famous Harlem ad

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
March 12, 2015

This Supreme Court term is likely to be a blockbuster with rulings on Obamacare subsidies, independent redistricting and same


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When Congress narrowly missed another government shutdown in December by passing the “cromnibus” bill, much of the press

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Zephyr Teachout
March 5, 2015

The system is rigged and broken. A small number of people have far too much political power in America.


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
February 13, 2015

The story of dark money could get a new chapter from the Supreme Court this term in ProtectMarriage.com v. Bowen.

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Zephyr Teachout
February 12, 2015

Law professor and political organizer Zephyr Teachout is interviewed by the National Constitution Center  and they explore


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
January 30, 2015

The fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision Citizens United v.

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LAST Thursday, Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the New York Assembly for the past 20 years, was arrested and charged with mail


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
January 13, 2015

In the five years since the US Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens United v.


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
December 4, 2014

In the world of state politics, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) is an 800-pound gorilla.

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Fred Wertheimer
November 20, 2014

In 1789, the Founding Fathers created a constitutional system of government by the people.


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Robert Reich
November 12, 2014

The President blames himself for the Democrat’s big losses Election Day.

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Josh Silver
November 7, 2014

On Election night, 2014, as campaign spending records were shattered and Jon Stewart declared “Money” the big win


Caroline Fredrickson
November 6, 2014

Candidates in judicial elections used to stay above the partisan fray—no matter the party, judges have rarely been the t

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According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the 2014 midterm elections cost at least $3.67 billion.


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Pity the American people for imagining that they have just elected the new Congress. In a formal way, they of course have.

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So enough with the midterm election. That’s so 2014.


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Zephyr Teachout
November 5, 2014

One early morning in Brooklyn a few months ago, when I was still running for governor of New York, I encountered a man talkin

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Lisa Graves
November 4, 2014

Rick Berman, the king of corporate front groups and propaganda, has been caught on tape detailing his attacks on public-inter


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There is still suspense over what will happen on Election Day, with control of the Senate hanging in the balance.

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Lawrence Norden
October 30, 2014

Even in Washington, few have embraced the Supreme Court’s Citizens Uniteddecision more vociferously than long-time camp


Lawrence Lessig
October 27, 2014

Evidence suggests that the U.S.

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
October 22, 2014

One company may not be able to fight city hall, but one company appears to be trying to buy it.


Lawrence Lessig
October 15, 2014

Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig says money in politics is a problem. That’s not exactly news.


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William Black
October 14, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation last week reminds us of an infuriating fact: No banking executives have been

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
October 2, 2014

Shareholders have been raising concerns about the American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC) for years.


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This week, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents turned out to protest China’s plan for bringing democracy to that c

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Fred Wertheimer
September 3, 2014

The IRS can do so by itself by adopting new regulations to govern section 501(c)(4) “social welfare” groups in ti


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Robert Reich
August 21, 2014

Americans are sick of politics. Only 13 percent approve of the job Congress is doing, a near record low.

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Marshall Auerback
August 6, 2014

For federal regulators, the Dodd-Frank Act (DFA) of 2010 resembles an earthquake so massive that its aftershocks threaten to


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John C. Bonifaz
August 4, 2014

Let’s say you support a candidate for public office and you want to make a financial contribution to his or her campaig

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In recent cases like Citizens United and McCutcheon, the Supreme Court has been narrowing what counts as corruption in campai


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Lisa Graves
July 28, 2014

Two of the richest men in the entire world are plotting to dominate our elections this fall, from congressional races to scho

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Faiza Patel
July 21, 2014

After weeks of hints and previews, National Security Agency muckraker Glenn Greenwald reported on the agency’s surveillan


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Lawrence Lessig
July 1, 2014

The vast majority of Americans—more than 90 percent in recent polls—believe it “important” to “reduce the influence

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Geoffrey Stone
June 18, 2014

One of my former law professors, Harry Kalven, liked to say that “law is the process of choosing among competing analog


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John C. Bonifaz
June 16, 2014

Saying US elections are awash in money from corporations and wealthy individuals is no longer an outrageous statement.


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Goldfish have a reputation for short memories. Once around the bowl and the goldfish forgets where he has been.


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
February 24, 2014

The academy award nominated “American Hustle” is loosely based on the Abscam sting by the FBI in the late 1970s and ear


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
February 5, 2014

The academy award nominated American Hustle is loosely based on the Abscam sting by the FBI in the late 1970s and early

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Lawrence Lessig
February 3, 2014

As we started the 185-mile trek from Dixville Notch to Nashua, there were certain things that I knew.


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Robert Borosage
January 23, 2014

“Sunlight is the best of disinfectants”
Louis Brandeis
Other People’s Money — And How Bankers Use it

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
January 21, 2014

Ex-Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich’s lawyers are trying to get him sprung from jail using an argument that could do


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
December 16, 2013

For a federal election off year, 2013 saw an enormous amount of upheaval in campaign finance law and regulation.

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
November 4, 2013

Anticipating the Securities and Exchange Commission’s actions can feel like waiting for Godot.


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
October 28, 2013

In The New York Times, I wrote about the illegal contributions from the dairy industry to President Richard Milhous Nixon

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
October 7, 2013

What do campaign contribution limits have to do with the price of milk? Plenty.


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
September 26, 2013

In October, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the McCutcheon v.

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
August 22, 2013

Politically active tax exempt entities are turning into monstrosities that only their parents could love.


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
August 8, 2013

At first blush, the SEC’s regulation of money in politics may seem to fall outside of its jurisdiction, but this is a mista

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Michael J. Malbin
July 10, 2013

Vital Statistics’ purpose has always been to collect useful data on our first branch of government – in the election and


Professor Torres-Spelliscy believes the SEC can play an important role in reforming our campaign finance system, including i

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Nick Nyhart
June 15, 2013

In a 2011 speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, civil rights hero and Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.


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Mark Schmitt
May 29, 2013

As the report of the IRS Inspector General shows, the agency’s scrutiny of conservative groups applying for non-profit st

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Robert Monks, a long-time expert on corporate governance, is not known for mincing his words, and his latest book Citizens D


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Josh Silver
May 18, 2013

Money in politics corruption is universally reviled by the American public.

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Mark Schmitt
May 13, 2013

“We got way too excited over money in the 2012 elections,” my former colleague Ezra Klein said at a conference on inequal


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Waiting on the desk of Mary Jo White, the new chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, is a petition (No.

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Trevor Potter
May 10, 2013

Four decades after the campaign finance reforms that followed Watergate, arguments over the role of money in politics seem in


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Lawrence Norden
May 7, 2013

The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law welcomes the opportunity to discuss the need for comprehensive campaign

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Michael Waldman
May 2, 2013

The shocking allegations against four more elected officials in New York are depressing — but they provide an opportunity f


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Bob Herbert
May 1, 2013

Why has Congress allowed the real value of the minimum wage to fall 30 percent since 1968? Why is one in every three black ch

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Melanie Sloan
April 30, 2013

In light of the recent failure of gun control legislation despite widespread public support for change, most Americans would


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J. Adam Skaggs
April 18, 2013

The Senate’s failure to respond meaningfully to the Newtown massacre was deplorable, but the real tragedy is that it was u

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Private: Bob Edgar
February 19, 2013

Would you like some face time with the president of the United States, a chance perhaps to share your ideas about how he migh


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Robert Reich
December 17, 2012

We shouldn’t have to choose between our seniors and children — I’d rather focus on jobs and growth rather than deficit

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Lawrence Lessig
December 7, 2012

At a talk at UCLA last month, I said that America’s growing anti-corruption movement needs to think big, not puny.


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Melanie Sloan
December 6, 2012

Every class of newly elected lawmakers promises to be the one to change Washington — and every class inevitably falls short

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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
December 4, 2012

The US has just gone through its most expensive election ever.


Melanie Sloan
November 17, 2012

Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of CREW,  discusses the extent of the Pentagon’s revolving door phenomenon, in whic

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Trevor Potter
November 16, 2012

Former FEC Chairman Trevor Potter refutes the claim that money made little difference in the most expensive election in Amer


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Melanie Sloan
November 7, 2012

“In completely unqualified terms, the IRS should immediately tell the Conference of Catholic Bishops that the conduct o

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J. Adam Skaggs
October 31, 2012

It’s well documented that super PACs and other outside spenders are crucial in the race for the White House.


David Donnelly
October 27, 2012

David Donnelly discusses Karl Rove’s 47 million dollar media blitz in swing states and the role of Citizens United in t

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Jamie Raskin
October 24, 2012

We the people have amended the Constitution many times to repair the damage to democracy inflicted by a reactionary Supreme C


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If we’re serious about restoring government of, by and for the people, we need to get big money out of our elections.

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Rashad Robinson
September 28, 2012

Rashad Robinson and Laura Flanders discuss Color of Change’s anti-Alec campaign, which includes lobbying corporations


J. Adam Skaggs
September 27, 2012

Adam Skaggs of the Brennan Center and Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21 explain how a small donor matching program could revolu

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Lisa Graves joins Bill Moyer in a special report on how the secretive American Legislative Exchange Council has helped corp


Jamie Raskin
September 26, 2012

Jamie Raskin discusses Citizens United and the transformation of campaign spending on  Current TV, September 26, 2012.

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Michael Waldman
September 25, 2012

Lately, Mitt Romney has been so consumed with fundraising that his aides have had to defend his absence from the stump.


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Trevor Potter
September 23, 2012

Bill Moyers and Trevor Potter discuss how American elections are bought and sold, who covers the cost, and how the rest of u

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J. Adam Skaggs
September 22, 2012

The breakthroughs in small donor fundraising that have occurred in presidential campaigns demonstrate the potential that exis


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Trevor Potter
September 20, 2012

You may be one of those people who believe there is too much money in politics.

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Joshua A. Tucker
September 18, 2012

In the past 12 hours or so, the American presidential election campaign has been dominated by a video recording of Republic


Melanie Sloan
September 17, 2012

Melanie Sloan discusses CREWS annual most corrupt list of Washington officials on Current TV September 17th, 2012.

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Big money is a big story—arguably the big story—in the 2012 presidential campaign and nonprofit groups are in the middl


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Andrew Blotky
August 30, 2012

Americans are rightly concerned about significant sums of corporate campaign cash capturing their elected representatives.

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Look behind the pomp and circumstance of the conventions and you’ll quickly discover the naked auctioning of our democr


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Jamie Raskin
August 23, 2012

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia went on CNN recently and defended the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in the Citizens

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Jamie Raskin
August 20, 2012

While Mitt Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, plan a frontal assault in Congress on Medicare and other entit


Lawrence Lessig
August 15, 2012

Lawrence Lessig discusses the need to change the way campaigns are funded in order to remedy corruption American  politics a

Lisa Graves
August 11, 2012

Lisa Graves discusses America’s laws via Alec with Al Sharpton, MSNBC, August 11, 2012.


Lisa Graves
August 6, 2012

Lisa Graves from The Center for Media and Democracy gives a general overview of why Americans are opposing ALEC.

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Lisa Graves
August 1, 2012

Hundreds of ALEC’s model bills and resolutions bear traces of Koch DNA: raw ideas that were once at the fringes but that ha


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THE 2012 election campaign—for Congress as well as the presidency—promises to be bitterly fought, even nasty.

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Michael J. Malbin
July 31, 2012

Professor Michael Malbin participates in a panel discussing Citizens United, the effectiveness of increased spending on elect


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Lisa Graves
July 30, 2012

A close look at the annual meeting brochure of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) shows that anti-corporate cam

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Richard Briffault
July 27, 2012

There’s a growing sense in America that our campaign finance system is in shambles.


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Before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee Tuesday, the Cato Institute’s Ilya Shapiro became the latest to come out swing


Demos
Brenda Wright
July 18, 2012

Sherlock Holmes famously solved a mystery by noting the significance of the dog that didn’t bark – the dog’s silence su

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Jeremy Miller
July 17, 2012

For the second day in a row, not a single Senate Republican voted in favor of a procedural motion to merely debate the DISC


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Super PACs — groups that can accept unlimited contributions and spend unlimited amounts to support or oppose candidates —


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John C. Bonifaz
July 13, 2012

Last week, the State of California became the sixth state in the country to call for a constitutional amendment overturning t

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Geoffrey Stone
June 12, 2012

Any intelligent person following American politics these days should be deeply distressed by the ever-growing role of big mon


Ellen Miller discusses the Internet and its political power at the Personal Democracy Forum, June 12th, 2012.

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J. Adam Skaggs
May 22, 2012

Next month marks the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in.


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J. Adam Skaggs
May 18, 2012

Montana’s attorney general is due to file a brief Friday in the U.S.

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There is a fresh Super PAC on the scene called CREEP.


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Zephyr Teachout
April 20, 2012

New York’s presidential primary will take place too late to influence who becomes the Republican nominee, but state re

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Lisa Graves
April 19, 2012

Just as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) tried to distance itself from its role pushing parts of the NRA&


Lisa Graves
April 18, 2012

Lisa Graves discusses whether or not states should re-think “stand your ground” laws in light of the shooting death of Tr

Rashad Robinson
April 17, 2012

Rashad Robinson discusses ColorOfChange’s campaign targeting the corporate sponsors of the American Legislative Exchang


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Richard Briffault
April 16, 2012

The most striking campaign finance development since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has not been an upsurge i

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The Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United allowed them. Political candidates rely on them.


Monica Youn
April 12, 2012

Monica Youn testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in support of the Fair Elections Now Act.

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Trevor Potter
April 4, 2012

Trevor Potter aids satirist, Steven Colbert in the creation of a Super PAC, The Colbert Robert, 2011-2012.


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Lisa Graves
March 29, 2012

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Professor Michael Malbin, presents new data supporting an increase in small donor participation in New York State elections a


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
March 24, 2012

Recently, Lady Gaga parted ways with retailer Target Corporation because she disagreed with Target’s political spending

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David Donnelly
March 14, 2012

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) traveled to Florida recently to help raise money for embattled Representative Vern


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This morning’s op-ed in the New York Times by Goldman Sachs exec (or should I say, ex-Goldman exec) Greg Smith is t

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Trevor Potter
February 24, 2012

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Josh Silver
February 16, 2012

This week, climate blogs including DeSmogBlog and ThinkProgress Green uncovered a leaked document precious to public interest

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Joshua A. Tucker
February 9, 2012

It is not shaping up to be a great week for either Vladimir Putin or Mitt Romney.


Ellen Miller
February 8, 2012

Ellen miller discusses the ease in which elected officials and super pac’s can coordinate under existing election law on CB

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J. Adam Skaggs
January 31, 2012

Election junkies circled January 31st on their calendars months ago — but not because of Florida’s primary today, no matt


Jamie Raskin
January 30, 2012

Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin discusses the consequences of the Citizens United decision as a shift away from the core

Melanie explains why the agency charged with policing our campaign finance laws is so dysfunctional and what immediate steps


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Lisa Danetz
January 20, 2012

When thinking about campaign finance issues, I always like to step back and think about the following question, which really

Huff Po
Nick Nyhart
January 17, 2012

Almost all of the campaign finance stories many of us have heard about lately have to do with super-PACs, billionaire casino


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Michael J. Malbin
January 15, 2012

Restrictions on speech will not be accepted by the Supreme Court in the name of equality, but this does not rule out equalit

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Michael Waldman
January 4, 2012

This is a dark time for those who worry about big money’s outsized role in American politics.


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Michael Waldman
December 21, 2011

The campaign trail is ringing with pious denunciations of super PACs’ massive spending on presidential candidates, which wo

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J. Adam Skaggs
December 14, 2011

Attacks on judges who “legislate from the bench” are commonplace in conservative politics, but the current crop of Republ


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John C. Bonifaz
December 4, 2011

America is at a crossroads.

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Monica Youn
November 29, 2011

That the conservative majority of the Roberts Court are champions of free speech is a trope that simply refuses to die.


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Nick Nyhart
November 18, 2011

Professor Larry Lessig’s op-ed in the New York Times yesterday, “More Money Can Beat Big Money,” gets th

Lawrence Lessig
November 16, 2011

Lawrence Lessig discusses the corruption that has taken hold on the American political system on Google talks on November 16t


Josh Silver
November 15, 2011

The Get Money Out campaign has decided to merge with the Democracy Fund to form a new group called United Republic.

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Page Gardner
November 10, 2011

One year out from the 2012 election and new quantitative and qualitative research makes it very clear — next year will


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Nick Nyhart
November 3, 2011

The National Journal reported Tuesday that an increase in political spending by outside groups “has stirred favorable


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Guy-Uriel Charles
September 14, 2011

The Supreme Court’s decision in Arizona Free Enterprise v. Bennett gives rise to three observations.

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Joshua A. Tucker
August 23, 2011

With Libyan rebels storming the city of Tripoli and the Qaddafi regime almost certain to fall, conversation has turned quickl


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Lisa Danetz
August 16, 2011

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a pair of decisions affirming campaign finance dis


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Richard Briffault
July 22, 2011

All Americans should read Governor Roemer’s stinging attack on our campaign-finance system.

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Zephyr Teachout
June 28, 2011

In the mid-1990s, Arizona voters faced a pretty normal problem: their government was corrupt.


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Heather Gerken
June 27, 2011

What is it about campaign finance that brings out such hard-edged opinions from the justices? Today’s decision was as notew

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Perhaps the most important part of the McComish opinion is what it doesn’t do.


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Lawrence Norden
June 17, 2011

On Monday, the state Legislature passed Gov.

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On Monday, the state Legislature passed Gov.


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Michael Waldman
June 10, 2011

For years, campaign finance debaters all agreed on one thing: disclosure.

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Trevor Potter
May 25, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been had.


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David Pozen
April 19, 2011

This Article offers a new way of thinking and talking about government secrecy.


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Lisa Graves
April 2, 2011

MADISON–A new special interest group has purchased an expensive TV ad campaign in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race but

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James Sample
March 25, 2011

Good news! If you’re looking to avoid federal taxes on $14 billion in profits, the financial strategists at General Ele


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In the first big campaign finance case since the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion last year in Citizens United v.

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Trevor Potter
March 18, 2011

There is significant irony that deregulators, many at secretly funded entities, are battling to hide the sources of campaign


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
March 17, 2011

Earlier this month, WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning learned he was facing 22 charges for allegedly providing information to

Geoffrey Stone
February 17, 2011

Geoffrey Stone addresses the Supreme Court andits most aggressively activist decision in decades with the Citizens United cas


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Lisa Danetz
December 21, 2010

Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (“MCCE”) is a non-partisan association of organizations and individuals with the com


Stephen Ansolabehere
October 10, 2010

Steve Ansolabehere discusses the role of interest groups in American politics and how money affects political outcomes on Oct

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Michael J. Malbin
September 15, 2010

The political world has been arguing about campaign finance policy for decades.


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Samuel Issacharoff
September 14, 2010

Lurking beneath the surface of all debates on campaign finance is a visceral revulsion over future leaders of state groveling

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John C. Bonifaz
September 13, 2010

We share Lawrence Lessig’s view that the Supreme Court wrongly decided Citizens United v.


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Perceived corporate power has spurred a recent populist backlash, on both political left and political right.

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David Donnelly
September 1, 2010

Politicians, said the irrepressible Congressman Barney Frank, “are the only human beings in the world who are expected to t


Ellen Miller
June 28, 2010

Ellen Miller discusses the nefarious nature of legitimate lobbying on the Hill on ABC, June 28th, 2010.

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Monica Youn
May 26, 2010

The phrase “First Amendment thought police” may seem a contradiction in terms, but that didn’t stop Sen.


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Sean Wilentz
March 13, 2010

Ronald Reagan deserves posterity’s honor, and so it makes sense that the capital’s airport and a major building there are

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Doug Kendall
March 11, 2010

It has been a month-and a-half since the Supreme Court’s monumentally wrong 5-4 ruling in Citizens United, and there is


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Doug Kendall
March 10, 2010

Thank you Chairman Leahy for holding this important hearing on the Constitution and the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens

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Trevor Potter
February 3, 2010

Allow me to make a few observations, with the benefit of having read the many thoughtful comments by others:
First – regard


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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy
January 29, 2010

Corporate-funded political ads have been banned for the past 63 years, but that federal law was overturned last week.

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Campaign Finance Reform and the Future of Democracy.


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Nathaniel Persily
January 25, 2010

Citizens United, the fourth in a series of decisions from the Roberts Court that has narrowed or struck down campaign finan

Ellen Miller discusses the influx of money in the electoral system on Dylan Rattigan, January 25th, 2010.


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Alexander Keyssar
January 23, 2010

It’s a nice ironic touch that the case is — and always will be – known as “Citizens United.

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Heather Gerken
January 22, 2010

Yesterday the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on corporate independent expenditures in Citizens United v. FEC.


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Doug Kendall
January 21, 2010

Progressives may have thought the victory of Scott Brown in Massachusetts earlier this week was bad news, but today’s S

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Lawrence Lessig
October 9, 2009

In 2006, the Sunlight Foundation launched a campaign to get members of Congress to post their daily calendars on the Internet


Laura Quinn
September 28, 2009

Laura Quinn, CEO of Catalist, explains how her database pools voter data nationwide to target specific voters.

Huff Po
Monica Youn
September 2, 2009

 
To the millions of grassroots activists and fundraisers who came of age in the 2008 election, the year 2000 seems like


Ellen Miller
August 16, 2009

Ellen Miller discusses how the Internet can make government more transparent on CSPAN, August 16, 2009

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Lisa Danetz
July 15, 2009

This Court’s decisions in Austin and McConnell both are premised on the long-standing recognition that “the special cha


Richard Briffault
June 2, 2009

Richard Briffault speaks at New Horizons for reform, a one-day conference held by the Brennan Center at the National Press Cl

Michael J. Malbin
May 20, 2009

Michael Malbin presents data on small donors and the 2008 election at the Brennan Center, May 20th, 2009


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David Donnelly
April 13, 2009

The 2008 elections were the most expensive
in history, costing a record $5.3 billion.

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Monica Youn
April 7, 2009

Last week columnist David Brooks of the New York Timespublished an op-ed setting out two explanatory narratives of our cur


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Lawrence Lessig
October 20, 2008

THROUGHOUT this election season, Americans have used the extraordinary capacity of digital technologies to capture and respon

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James Sample
March 22, 2008

Certain American values transcend partisan divisions. One is that money should not influence the courts.


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Zephyr Teachout
August 17, 2007

Perhaps the most important part of the McComish opinion is what it doesn’t do.

David Donnelly
January 5, 2007

David Donnelly discusses publicly financed elections, ethics, and lobbying reforms on January 5,2007.


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Abby Levine
June 21, 2002

Nonprofits vary widely in terms of their impacts, both intended and unintended, on the communities in which they are located.