Election Reform is Needed

Our democracy is at peril. In a system where money equals speech, the rich can afford to drown out the rest. In a system where money equals speech, the rich can afford to drown out the rest. They own mainstream media outlets, fund the Commission on Presidential Debates, bankroll think tanks and policy institutes, fund academic research, finance artificial grassroots (“astroturf”) organizations — in short, the wealthy have built a propaganda empire that manufactures consent for all things contrary to the public interest.

In addition, they underwrite influence factories such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, institutionalizing and streamlining the quid pro quo process and matching corporate contributors with legislators-for-hire in a highly structured arrangement that leaves voters entirely out of the loop. The recent Citizens United ruling was the final blow to American democracy, which is now for sale to the highest bidder.

The League of Women Voters first warned of the coming widespread corruption of the duopoly back in 1988 when it withdrew its sponsorship of the presidential debates because it “would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter." League President Nancy M. Neuman said "It has become clear to us that the candidates' organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and honest answers to tough questions…The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public." Neuman called "outrageous" the campaigns' demands that they control the selection of questioners, the composition of the audience, hall access for the press and other issues. "Never in the history of the League of Women Voters have two candidates' organizations come to us with such stringent, unyielding and self-serving demands."  The League of Women Voters should be remembered for its brave stand against corruption even though it cost them some power. See League Refuses to "Help Perpetrate a Fraud".

The New Progressive Alliance supports a ten point Unified Platform in order to support our main goals of peace, people, and the planet. One of those points is Election Reform. You can read of our election reform activities in our Annual Reports and Public Comments under More,  check the joint activities of Our Allies, or check our Facebook Page.

I have also included the below references supporting our positions. The reason I have so many references is to show this is a steadily increasing trend that I continuously update. It is not a vanishing blip on the radar. Failure to deal with this trend will have disastrous consequences for the future.

We support full public financing of elections in order to remove undue influence from political campaigns. Further, we recognize and are committed to ending the myriad opportunities for fraud which now exist in our electoral system. In the absence of comprehensive campaign finance reform, first legislation should impose transparency on the current system. There is no public purpose or privacy objective that justifies massive amounts of hidden dark money being used to promote illegitimate political goals. Then reasonable limits on campaign contributions from organizations, corporations, and individuals - such as we have had successfully for decades in the twentieth century - should be imposed.


  • We support uniform ballot-access laws that make it easier for all political parties to include their candidates on the ballot. See Gary Swing on Election Reform.
  • We endorse the use of auditable, hand-counted paper ballots in all local, state, and federal elections.
  • We support the abolition of the Electoral College, such that the President of the United States would be elected solely through a direct popular vote.
  • We support efforts to ensure that the membership of the United States House of Representatives is substantially increased in order to adhere to the original intent for that body to provide this country's citizens with representation at a ratio that will allow citizens and representatives to know and communicate with one another. We also support an eventual  lessening of the power of the US Senate to block legislation. The United States Senate is known as a place  where good ideas go to die.
  • Corporate law must be rewritten to overturn Citizens United. One way to do this is through a constitutional amendment that would establish that money is not speech and that corporations are not persons. In the absence of comprehensive campaign finance reform, legislation  would first impose transparency and then limits on the current system.
  • In line with public financing, all qualifying candidates must have free and equal access to radio, television, and press coverage, and be included in any and all public debate forums.


1-Citizens United Decision Affecting States' Uniqueness
2-‘Dark Money’ Flowing Back to Issue Ads
3-Shining Light on Corporate Political Spending
4-United States of ALEC
5-Elections for Sale
6-Battle for Worker Rights Moves from WI to CA, Prop. 32 Spun as Campaign Finance Reform
7-The ‘Citizens United’ Tsunami
8-Non-Profit Expert Greg Colvin Questions "Issue Ad" Rules and the Government Responds
9-Politically Correct Corporate Speech
10-Political Connections Boost Stock Price, Study Finds
11-US Chamber of Commerce = Secret Lobbyists for Ruling Class?
12-U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Doing Bidding for Big Business
13-Moyers Moment (1999): Justices Breyer and Kennedy on Money in our Courts
14-Money Floods Into State Judicial Elections Across America
15-Two Steps Forward, Two Steps Back
16-Can You Afford the Same Free Speech Corporations Enjoy?
17-How a Corporation Legally Bought an Election
18-Rules May Change, But the Secret Money Game Remains the Same
19-Chamber of Commerce - Big Spenders in the 2012 Elections
20-Jimmy Carter Says Elections Corrupted
21-Plutocrats: Then & Now
22-Plutocrats Want to Own Your Vote
23-The Supersizing of American Politics
24-Who Are You Really Voting For?
25-Everyone Hates Citizens United
26-2012 Election Spending Will Reach $6 Billion, Center for Responsive Politics Predicts
27-Big Money and Secret Spending Distorting Democracy
28-Spending from Outside Groups Explodes
29-2012 Ballot Measure Victories
30-Corporate Politics, Governance, and Value Before and After Citizens United
31-Election Results Raise Questions about Impact of Citizens United
32-Get What You Pay For? Not Always
33-Canadian MPs Blast Record Campaign Spending in Obama-Romney Showdown
34-Corporate Campaign Contributions and Abnormal Stock Returns after
Presidential Elections

35-Exclusive: Nonprofit Funneled Money to Kochs' Voter Database Effort, Other Conservative Groups
36-Voluntary Disclosure on Corporate Political Spending Is Not Enough
37-Romney and Obama Share Same Bankster Campaign Contributors
38-ALEC to Attack North Carolina Renewable Energy Initiatives
39-Backers of corporate political disclosure cheered by SEC notice
40-Billion-Dollar Democracy: The Unprecedented Role of Money in the 2012 Elections
41-How Shady Operators Used Sham Non-profits and Fake Corporations to Funnel Mystery Money into the 2012 Elections
42-Learning From Microsoft's Mistakes, Google Invests Heavily In Influence
43-Lobbying vs. Taxes
44-New York’s Pension Muscle
45-SEC Moves to Require That Corporations Disclose All Political Spending
46-'Charities' Funnel Millions to Climate-Change Denial
47-Foul Play in the Senate
48-How Shell Corporations are Corrupting U.S. Democracy
49-Latest pro-Keystone XL letter from Congress once again awash with oil money
50-One Easy Way to Shine a Light on Dark Money
51-Total 2012 election spending: $7 billion
52-How Donors Trust distributed millions to anti-climate groups
53-Resolution seeks disclosure of secret campaign donations made through nonprofits and super PACs
54-Secret funding helped build vast network of climate denial thinktanks
55-The ATM for Climate Denial: Secretive Donors Trust Funds Vast Network of Global Warming Skeptics
56-Washington’s stairway to heaven: Insiders only need apply
57-After $100,000 inaugural donation, nuclear deal gets closer
58-Cape Wind foe pays Barnstable legal bills
59-Selling the White House? Obama-Linked Group Promises Top Donors Access to President
60-The Constitution & Legislation, Corporate “Persons” & Human Persons
61-Why the EPA Reversed its Stance on Polluting Texas Water
62-Chomsky: Corporations and the Richest Americans Viscerally Oppose Common Good
63-Meet the ALEC-connected lawmakers behind bill to kill NC renewable energy law
64-Obama bundlers closely tied to influence industry
65-The Revolving Door Spins from Sea to Shining Sea
66-ALEC’s tentacles are now trying to strangle jobs in at least 22 states
67-America's Most Obvious Tax Reform Idea: Kill the Oil and Gas Subsidies
68-Business and Politics: Do They Mix?
69-Lobbyists fear shakedown if Supreme Court lifts campaign contributions cap
70-What secret e-mails from Enron teach us about influencing politicians
71-Who Spends The Most Dollars Lobbying Washington, DC?
72-The Impact of Political Connectedness on Cash Holdings:
Evidence from Citizens United

73-ALEC’s tentacles are now trying to strangle jobs in at least 22 states
74-Congress Acts Quickly to Kill Transparency For Their Own Shady Insider Trading
75-Congress Repeals Financial Disclosure Requirements For Senior U.S. Officials
76-Data Leak Shakes Notion of Secret Offshore Havens and, Possibly, Nerves
77-Jim Hightower: Obama's Unethical End Run
78-Obama Signs Partial Repeal of STOCK Act
79-Watching the 2013 Proxy Season
80-Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze
81-Shareholders take on fracking: Why do gas companies spend so much on politicians?
82-Andy Kroll: A Democracy of the Wealthy
83-Billionaire Tax Avoider Penny Pritzker For Commerce Slot?
84-Congress Quickly And Quietly Rolls Back Insider Trading Rules For Itself
85-How the Climate Reform Effort Was Poisoned From the Inside
86-Jeffrey Sachs Calls Out Wall Street Criminality and Pathological Greed
87-Make Corporations Disclose Political Donations to Shareholders
88-Obama Picks One of Telecom's Most Powerful Industry Lobbyists to Head FCC - Groups say Tom Wheeler is wrong man 'to stand up to industry giants and protect the public interest'
89-Shareholders press companies to disclose more about political spending
90-Taking Opt-In Rights Seriously: What Knox v. SEIU Could Mean for Post-Citizens United Shareholder Rights
91-Obama taps former lobbyist Wheeler as telecoms regulator
92-Why Aren't Environmental Groups Divesting from Fossil Fuels? - Some of big green's most powerful players still invest in energy companies.
93-Extensive List of Politicians Paid Off by Monsanto
94-Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal
95-Dark Money Politics
96-Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress
97-United States of ALEC — A Follow-Up
98-SEC should force companies to disclose their political spending
99-When businesses give judges money, they usually get the rulings they want
100-72 percent of Americans believe NSA is blackmailing judges and members of Congress
101-Business Leaders Say U.S. Political Giving Is ‘Pay to Play’
102-Oil and Gas Industry Leads Global Corruption Index: US More Corrupt than Qatar
103-Gary May on The Long Assault on Our Voting Rights
104-Citizens United, McCain-Feingold Fueled This Standoff

105-Dan Cantor and Jonathan Soros on Saving Democracy from Big Money

106-Political disclosures: reaching the tipping point

107-88 Percent of Congress on Gas Industry Payroll as Campaign Donations Hit Record Level
108-Campaign Cash Rules Drown in the Bathtub

109-How Dollarocracy is Destroying America

110-Key Witnesses Turbeville and McPhail to Dispute 2.8 Billion POC Debt and Swaps in Detroit Bankruptcy Trial

KEY WITNESSES TURBEVILLE AND MCPHAIL TO DISPUTE $2.8 BILLION POC DEBT AND SWAPS IN DETROIT BANKRUPTCY TRIAL - See more at: http://voiceofdetroit.net/2013/12/17/key-witnesses-turbeville-and-mcphail-to-dispute-2-8-billion-poc-debt-and-swaps-in-detroit-bankruptcy-trial/#sthash.FcKlKTMu.dpuf

111-Inside the Dark Money-Fueled, 50-State Campaign Against American Workers

112-Political advertisers and TV stations ignore disclosure rules

113-Muzzling the Freedom of Information Act

114-Reports Expose Extreme Pressure Groups Masquerading as Think Tanks

115-SEC’s Non-Decision Decision on Corporate Political Activity a Policy and Political Mistake

116-The dark money in climate change

117-The Lobbying-Industrial Complex Strikes Again

118-A Campaign Inquiry in Utah Is the Watchdogs’ Worst Case
119-Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State
120-Corporate Power Timeline

121-Corporations have their cake and eat it too, then deny cake's existence

122-Dollars and Sense: Stopping Secret Political Spending

 123-Four Surefire Tips for Following the Money in Your State

124-Gutless: SEC Can Require Corporations to Disclose Big Political Contributions, But Won't 


126-Legalized Bribery

127-NYC comptroller questions oil firm’s political giving

128-Obama's Payback: Donors receive top jobs in embassies worldwide

129-Report: Obama Has Weakened More Lobbyist-Opposed Health, Public Safety Regulations than Bush

130-Report: Voluntary Corporate Political Spending Does Not Work

131-Full Show: The Deep State Hiding in Plain Sight

132-The SEC's just been caught colluding with the banks it's supposed to regulate

133-The Shadow Lobbying Complex

134-Top U.S. corporations funneled $173 million to political nonprofits - Company filings shine light on dark money

135-Tricks of the Trade: How companies anonymously influence climate policy through their business and trade associations

136-Why is Washington still protecting the secret political power of corporations? Regulators at the SEC could illuminate the future of campaign donations. But they aren't interested in disclosing the truth – even though voters are

137-Why the First Issue Is Money in Politics

138-Money in politics: legal experts contemplate the four years since Citizens United ruling

139-Bill Moyers Essay: ‘McCutcheon’ Means “All the Free Speech You Can Buy”

140-Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together

141-INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS PRESS COMPANIES FOR DISCLOSURE OF LOBBYING IN 2014: Shareholder resolutions filed with 48 companies by 60 institutional and individual investors

142-Gangster State America– Paul Craig Roberts

143-No Justice Roberts, the Internet can't do government's job

144-Obama Signs Law To Get Money Out Of Politics!!! (sarcastic title)

145-You Won’t Believe How One Chemical Company Tried to Discredit a Scientist’s Research

146-Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy

147-And So The Sale Of Our Democracy Rolls On

148-From Elections to Mass Movements: How Wealthy Elites Are Hijacking Democracy All Over the World

149-The Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act. What Happened Next in These 8 States Will Not Shock You.

150-Wisconsin Governor at Center of a Vast Fund-Raising Case

151-American Fascism: Ralph Nader Decries How Big Business Has Taken Control of the U.S. Government (video)

152-Bill Moyers: The NH Rebellion Walk (video)

153-The unstoppable walk to political reform (video)

154-Rootstrikers TED Talk remix (video)

155-Lobbyists Are Seeking to Delay for Years a Key Piece of Bank Regulation

156-Amid Protests, ALEC Launches New Spinoff to Influence Local Governments

157-A Surprising Solution to America's Dark Money Problem - Corporations may hold the key to cleaning up political spending.

158-Corporations Have Found Yet Another (Secret) Way To Help Get Politicians Elected

159-The fracking cover-up: Defra censors key report 63 times in 13 pages in move described as 'comical' by campaigners

160-Green Billionaires Club? David Vitter Owns Stock in Coal Utilities Fighting EPA Carbon Rules

161-Monsanto and Government Corruption

162-The New Soft Money by Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

163-10 Big Fat Lies and the Liars Who Told Them

164-The Tension Between Conservative Corporate Law Theory and Citizens United  Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

165-Democrats’ Dark Money Group Holds Secretive Meeting With Fracking Industry

166-Activists demand U.S. SEC rule to make companies reveal political spending

167-Erasing History One Forgotten Political Expenditure at a Time

Erasing History One Forgotten Political Expenditure at a Time - See more at: http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/09/187843/erasing-history-one-forgotten-political-expenditure-time#sthash.UUWyhnGe.dpuf
Erasing History One Forgotten Political Expenditure at a Time - See more at: http://www.progressive.org/news/2014/09/187843/erasing-history-one-forgotten-political-expenditure-time#sthash.UUWyhnGe.dpuf

168-The Million-Comment-Letter Petition: The Rulemaking Petition on Disclosure of Political Spending Attracts More than 1,000,000 SEC Comment Letters by Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

169-On the SEC Disclosure Rule, the People Have Spoken

170-One Million Opinions on Transparency in Corporate Political Spending by the Brennan Center for Justice New York University School of Law

171-An Exceptional Decline for an Exceptional Country?  The Empire as a Basket Case

172-What You Don't Know May Well Hurt You -- Dark Money

173-White House will allow lobbyists to serve on federal advisory boards

174-Bribery Is a Bargain for Big Oil

175-Complaint against New York Speaker highlights issues raised by Center project: Sheldon Silver charged with millions of dollars in alleged kickbacks

176-Gary Swing on Election Reform

177-How Is ‘Citizens United’ Ruining Democracy and How Can We Stop It?

178-Richard Winger (Ballot Access News, Free & Equal) on Ballot Access Reform | Free & Equal Network (video)

179-Revealed: How Big Oil Got Expedited Permitting for Fracking on Public Lands Into the Defense Bill

180-The legacy of ‘Citizens United’ strays from the Supreme Court’s vision

181-The Republican Governors Thank You for Your Donation - Your retirement account is bankrolling politicians to whom you’d never dream of sending a check.

182-Three Ways Citizens United Helped Undermine Science Policy Debates

183-Top 5 Ways Citizens United Harms Democracy & Top 5 Ways We’re Fighting to Take Democracy Back

184-Legalized Bribery: Zephyr Teachout on Sheldon Silver, Corruption and New York Politics

185-Already Time for Accountability in the 2016 Presidential Race

186-Americans to FEC: Do Your Job and Regulate Political Donations

187-Big Business Crushed Ballot Measures in 2014

188-Climate denial gets a billion-dollar boost: Why the Kochs’ 2016 spending spree could mean planetary disaster: The Kochs' major campaign financing push could undermine climate action right when we need it the most

189-Conservative Collision Course?: The Tension between Conservative Corporate Law Theory and Citizens United

190-Governors' Big Oil-Assisted Lobbying Pays Off in Obama's Atlantic Drilling Plan

191-Guess Who’s Been Secretly Funding a Famous Climate Change–Denying Scientist?

192-How often do third-party candidates actually spoil elections? Almost never.

193-Money Is Shredding America’s Democracy

194-Oil-Soaked Interest Groups Are Doing Their Best to Kill Mass Transit

195-Our Diverse America Deserves a More Representative Democracy

196-Newspapers, advocates sue the governor and Cabinet for sunshine violation

197-She Runs S.E.C. He’s a Lawyer. Recusals and Headaches Ensue.

198-Soliciting Campaign Cash Threatens the Integrity of the Courts

199-States Consider Requiring Shareholder Approval for Political Gifts

200-Transparency Is Key to Campaign Finance Reform

201-Unfairly blaming the third-party candidate

202-"Carbon Copy": How Big Oil and King Coal Ghost Write Letters for Public Officials, Business Groups

203-4 States Where Solar is Under Attack by Koch-Funded Front Groups

204-As Dark Money Monsters Torment Investors, Shareholders Need SEC Chair to Be Superhero; They Ask: ‘Where Is Mary Jo White?’

205-In Defense of Hillary Clinton, Democrats Embrace Citizens United Decision

206-House quietly passes tax exemption for megadonors - Major contributors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer would get a break on gift taxes to secretive non-profit groups.

207-How Big Money Is Buying Off Criticism of Big Money

208-Jeb Bush Funneled Almost $2 Billion in FL Pension Funds to Brother's 'Pioneer' Donors

209-Living the High Life After Congress

210-Video Friday: Where is the SEC on Dark Money?

211-Money in Politics Is Darkening the Future for Millennials

212-Apache Land Grab - House Votes to Sell Apache Land to Foreign Corporation

213-Oregon’s Radical Innovation: Make Democracy Easy

214-Why Do Political Reporters Refuse to Show Us the Money?

215-Wisconsin Climate Change Gag Order Part of Broader Industry-Tied Attacks on Science

216-Regulatory Capture, Captured on Video - SEC official slobbers over private equity titans, suggests his son might want a job in the field

217-Scalia and Roberts Don’t Know Best

218-How the US Security and Exchange Commission Could Require Transparency for Corporate Political Expenditures by Scholars Strategy Network - Research to Improve Policy and Enhance Democracy

Scholars Strategy Network

Research to Improve Policy and Enhance Democracy

- See more at: http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/content/how-us-securities-and-exchange-commission-could-require-transparency-corporate-political-exp#sthash.qXVvIjIN.dpuf
How the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Could Require Transparency for Corporate Political Expenditures - See more at: http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/content/how-us-securities-and-exchange-commission-could-require-transparency-corporate-political-exp#sthash.qXVvIjIN.dpuf
How the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Could Require Transparency for Corporate Political Expenditures - See more at: http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/content/how-us-securities-and-exchange-commission-could-require-transparency-corporate-political-exp#sthash.qXVvIjIN.dpuf

219-The Looming Pay-to-Play Problem by Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law

220-The SEC’s Andrew Bowden: A Regulator for Sale?

221-Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Hillary, Bill, and the Big Six Banks

222-SPECIAL REPORT-How Wall Street captured Washington's effort to rein in banks

223-Transparent Win for Political Disclosures

224-Waiting for Godot, Superman and Mary Jo White… by by Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law

225-Why investors should worry about 2016 election now

226-Update: Why Americans Must Demolish the Political Duopoly and Create a New Progressive Alliance

227-Letter to SEC

228-A Federal Court Just Threatened Citizens United

229-Big Money Stalls Key Dodd-Frank Anti-Corruption Rule for 5 Years and Counting

230-Bad Chemistry: How the Chemical Industry's Trade Association Undermines the Policies That Protect Us - We need chemical policy reform for the health and safety of all Americans. Guess who's standing in the way?

231-New Report Reveals Corporate-Funded Hydra Head Blocking U.S. Renewable Energy

232-Ohio Signs Nation's First Anti-Renewable Energy Bill into  Law

Ohio Signs Nation's First Anti-Renewable Energy Bill Into Law
- See more at: http://www.occupy.com/article/ohio-signs-nations-first-anti-renewable-energy-bill-law#sthash.aNAFbcBj.dpuf
Ohio Signs Nation's First Anti-Renewable Energy Bill Into Law
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Ohio Signs Nation's First Anti-Renewable Energy Bill Into Law
- See more at: http://www.occupy.com/article/ohio-signs-nations-first-anti-renewable-energy-bill-law#sthash.aNAFbcBj.dpuf

233-Coal Baron Matt Ridley is Top Source in Peabody Climate Report to the White House

234-Democrats recount labor's pressure tactics - ‘I haven’t seen this look in their eyes in a long time.’

235-Dodd-Frank at Five: Private Equity and the SEC

236-Everything You Hate About Washington Confirmed by One Simple Job Change - The revolving door is alive and well in the age of Obama. Here’s the latest example from the Department of Energy.

237-Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill - Critics of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership are unlikely to be silenced by an analysis of the flood of money it took to push the pact over its latest hurdle

238-Hillary Clinton State Department Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat

239-House meddling with SEC to block disclosure of political contributions

240-Legislators and corporate lobbyists meet in secret at Georgia resort

241-“Piercing the Veil - Determining Whether Nominally Separate Entities of the Same Corporate Family Constitute a Single Contractor

242-Internal Documents Show Fossil Fuel Industry Has Been Aware of Climate Change for Decades

243-SEC Should Require Political-Spending Reports, Ex-Chairs Say

244-Secretive donors gave US climate denial groups $125m over three years - Funds allocated to organisations lobbying against Obama’s climate bill and working to undermine rules to reduce carbon pollution, tax records show

245-Shell Promises Climate Risk Disclosure to Shareholders, but What About Its Political Spending?

246-Study: Democracy on the Retreat in More Than 96 of the 193 UN Member States

247-Stunning revelation Bill Gates has spent $2.3 Billion on Common Core – #PARCC

248-The Growing Trend of ‘Anticipatory Bribery’

249-Third-Party Advocates File Lawsuit Over Presidential Debates

250-This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America's Senators To Fast Track Obama's TPP Bill

251-Tomgram: Nomi Prins, Jeb! The Money! Dynasty!

252-Update: Why Americans Must Demolish the Political Duopoly and Create a New Progressive Alliance

253-W.H., Watchdogs rail against ‘dark money’ provision tucked into House bill

254-BlackRock, Obama Campaign Donors Stand To Benefit From Cuts To Military Pensions

255-5 Horrible Things Congress Just Snuck Into Law

256-9 Heinous Items Sneaked Into the Budget Bill Congress Doesn’t Want You to See - There’s enough corporate tax breaks to provide free college to everyone for 9 years

257-Obama's "Legacy of Inaction" on Campaign Finance Reform Exposed - More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the president to follow his rhetoric on Citizens United and take executive action against flow of money into politics

258-Trevor Potter on the Money in Politics Disaster

259-Hillary Clinton Doing Finance Industry Fundraiser Just Before Iowa

260-‘Somebody Intervened in Washington’ - How oil industry lobbyists played the long game — wearing down an overmatched federal bureaucracy to gain access to a fuel-rich corner of the Alaskan wilderness.

261-81% Think Federal Government is Corrupt

262-A cowed IRS gives a green light to more secret money in politics

263-Amount of lobbying done in the shadows is growing, California ethics officials agree

264-Army of Lobbyists Push LNG Exports, Methane Hydrates, Coal in Senate Energy Bill

265-Both Parties Agree: Selling Out Is Worth It - The lobbying industry, despite a small decline in revenue, is still the fastest way to make big bucks in Washington.

266-The Corruption In The U.S. Has Reached Insane Levels – Dave Kranzler

267-Kentucky's top climate official sent packing

268-Minnesota: A wholly owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy?

269-DNC rolls back Obama ban on contributions from federal lobbyists

270-Florida’s House approves bill making it illegal for cities and towns to ban fracking

271-Federal Court Says North Carolina’s Racially Motivated Gerrymandering Is Unconstitutional - The state's bizarrely shaped districts decrease the power of black voters.

272-Flint Water Crisis: Contractors Made Millions on Switch

273-How big oil spent $10m to defeat California climate change legislation - The oil industry targeted business-friendly Democrats in the legislature to kill parts of a bill mandating a 50% reduction in gasoline use in the state by 2030

274-How Money in Politics Is Killing Rooftop Solar in Nevada

275-How the Oil Industry Conquered Medicine, Finance and Agriculture

276-How to Corral the Donor Class - When it comes to money in politics, the real problem is not corruption, but inequality.

277-With Each Passing Day, the Iowa Caucus Results Get Shadier and Shadier

278-Iowa nightmare revisited: Was correct winner called on caucus night?

279-IRS Allows Post-Citizens United Karl Rove Group to Continue Concealing Source of Donors

280-McConnell Uses Misinformation to Protect Secret Political Donors

281-New Thinking on Rescuing Our Politics from Plutocrats - In his new book Plutocrats United, election law scholar Rick Hasen argues that the problem isn't that politicians are corrupted by special interests — it's that they have no incentive to pay attention to anyone but the rich.

282-More Than 1 In 4 Americans Now Believe the U.S. Government is the Enemy of the People

283-New York Open Government

284-Obama Celebrates Nine Years of Doing Nothing About Money in Politics

285-Safeguarding Markets from Pernicious Pay to Play: A Model Explaining Why the SEC Regulates Money in Politics

286-The Big Money Behind State Laws

287-The Koch Brothers' Dirty War on Solar Power: All over the country, the Kochs and utilities have been blocking solar initiatives — but nowhere more so than in Florida

288-Top 10 Ways the US is the Most Corrupt Country in the World

289-Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are registered unless they opt out

290-We Can Do This, America. Seven Steps to Reversing ‘Citizens United.’ - It can be discouraging to realize that it often takes decades to overturn a Supreme Court decision, but one campaign finance reformer says the good news is that we're already 40 years into that struggle.

291-Why Victory in the Fight Against Big Money Is Closer Than You Think - In a Q&A, veteran campaign finance reformer Derek Cressman says Americans are becoming increasingly aware that something has to change about the growing amount of money in politics.

292-Judges Plead Guilty in Scheme to Jail Youths for Profit

293-Guest Opinion: Money buys policy, not just elections - Opinion - The Herald News, Fall River, MA - Fall River, MA

294-The FDA now officially belongs to Big Pharma - Salon.com

295-The Reason Why Dozens of Lobbyists Will Be Democratic Presidential Delegates - ABC News

296-“World’s biggest bribe scandal”: Report on oil corruption exposes how corporations help destabilize Middle East - Leaked docs show how the shadowy company Unaoil bribes Middle Eastern regimes for oil contracts for multinationals

297-A top haven for tax cheats that may surprise you: the US

298-American elections ranked worst among Western democracies. Here’s why.

299-Are utility companies adapting to meet the business risks of climate change?

300-Arizona Becomes Ground Zero in Fight Over Secret Political Spending

301-As Detroit schools went broke, principals allegedly took nearly $1 million in bribes and kickbacks

302-Our Tax Money Underwrites BP's Negligence

Our Tax Money Underwrites BP’s Gulf Negligence

303-Do Political Business in the Daylight - Corporations are distorting our democracy and the 2016 election with their dark money.

304-D.C. regulators green-light Pepco-Exelon merger, creating largest utility in the nation

305-Defense Bill Passes, Giving Sacred Native American Sites To Mining Company

306-Initial exit polling is a check on stolen elections – or why, in any other country, the U.S. government would have blown the whistle on the New York primary…

307-Dixiecrat Ballot Access Law Temporarily Overtuned: This is What a Voting Rights Breakthrough Looks Like

308-More Confessions of an Economic Hitman: This Time They’re Coming for Your Democracy

309-Are Your Retirement Savings Being Used to Undermine Our Democracy?

310-Electoral Integrity Project

311-Elon Musk: 'We need a revolt against the fossil fuel industry' - Tesla chief says educating the public on climate issues is essential in countering oil and gas lobby’s influence over big political decisions, reports Edie.net

312-Email bombshell: Attorneys General worked with Green groups to punish political opponents

313-Coal Companies’ Secret Funding of Climate Science Denial Exposed

314-FBI, DOJ Launch Probe of Unaoil, After Exposé Shows Global Corruption

315-Federal Corruption Prosecutions Plummet Under Barack Obama

316-Five Myths About the Koch Brothers — And Why It Matters To Set Them Straight: Democratic reformers need to know exactly what they are up against — now and likely for years to come.

317-Good News for the Georgia Green Party

318-A Millionaire Is Telling BlackRock to Say No to Big CEO Pay

319-House Democrats Push Back On Obama Plan To Cut Drug Prices - A fight over drug prices is entering a new phase.

320-Hundreds Arrested at US Capitol During 'Democracy Spring' Campaign Finance Protests

321-Illinois College Students Say They Were Threatened With Arrest And Turned Away From The Polls

322-In Saving for Your Future, Are You Supporting Drone Attacks and Prisons?

323-Copp's Plea for You and Me

324-Dianne Feinstein’s Husband Wins Near-Billion Dollar California ‘High Speed Rail’ Contract

325-JUST IN: Second Person In Flint Water Crisis Found Dead Within A Week

326-Koch Brothers Win the Wind Energy Battle, Lose the War

327-Land of the Free? Harvard Study Ranks America Worst in the West for Fair Elections

328-Sanders Could Have Won California, But 2/3 of his Votes Aren’t Counted

329-Land of the free? New reports shows the US ranks dead last in electoral integrity

330-Dark Money, Voter Intimidation & Tech: Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy discusses the relationship between technology and democracy.

331-Mass Voter Disenfranchisement in US Elections

332-Most Americans Disagree With Their Congressional Representative On Climate Change

333-New Yorkers unleash rage over alleged primary voter fraud at Board of Elections hearing

334-JAW-DROPPING Evidence Of Election Fraud & Media Blackout! #ExitPollGate

335-Panama Papers: why tax havens matter, in one chart

336-Elon Musk: We Must Revolt Against the Unrelenting Propaganda of the Fossil Fuel Industry

337-IRRC's research library

338-Retiring Obama Administration Prosecutor Says the SEC Is Corrupt

339-Scientists Who Are Questioning Fracking’s Impact Have Oil Industry Ties, Groups Say

340-Southern California air board moves to weaken pollution regulation

341-Suckers on April Fools’ Day

342-Land of the Free? Harvard Study Ranks America Worst in the West for Fair Elections

343-Lawsuit Finds Millions Of Uncounted Bernie Sanders Ballots

344-The ALEC Attack on Solar Power: Net metering is a key to expanding solar electricity. Guess who’s attacking it?

345-The Billion Dollar Problem Blocking Climate Action

346-The Democrats own this mess too: Gerrymandering and obstructionism alone can’t explain American inequality - Progressives are told time and again that Clinton and Obama are the best their party can do. It's a total crock

347-The Electoral Integrity Project - Why Elections Fail and What We Can Do About It

348-Why the US Chamber of Commerce is fighting transparency

349-U.S. Chamber of Commerce ensures dark money casts shadow on Nevada

350-U.S. District Court Invalidates Georgia Petition Requirement for President, Imposes Temporary Standard of 7,500 Signatures

351-California Democratic Primary election RIGGED; MILLIONS of Bernie Sanders votes not counted

352-Utilities, PACs Casting Plenty of Bread on the Political Waters in 2016

353-Utility Provider Keeps Customers and Shareholders in the Dark on Disclosure

354-Why Dark Money Is Bad Business

355-Why Monday’s Supreme Court Decision on Redistricting Is Important - In a rare show of unanimity, the justices stand behind the concept of one person, one vote.

356-Why smart companies choose full disclosure on corporate donations

357-Why We Should Tax and Shame Excessive Corporate Lobbying: Does a CEO have a duty to lobby?

358-League Refuses to "Help Perpetrate a Fraud"






















































































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