Election Reform is Needed

Updated 2024

Our democracy is at peril. 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 (ALEC), 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 Citizens United ruling was a serious  blow to American democracy, which is now for sale to the highest bidder.

There is the further problem. Joseph Stalin said, "You know, comrades, that I think in regard to this: I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how." There is increasingly evidence documented below in ever increasing references that the votes are not being correctly counted.




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"  and reference 623. 
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 New Progressive Alliance at Facebook or Twitter. For more information on third party news see Ballot Access News.
Gary Swing has both run as a third party candidate and written on the the need for election reform. Three of his articles appear below. 

This is an interesting article by a neuroscientist. It is about the Dunning-Kruger effect which combined with tribalism pose very real threats. I see it on both the left and the right. I have no easy answers.

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.
  • 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 stop "gerrymandering" political lines to protect incumbents so that newcomers are excluded.
  • We also support an eventual  lessening of the power of the US Senate to block legislation. The idea of "one man - one vote" does not apply to the senate. A Wyoming vote for the US Senate is about 60 times more powerful than a California vote. The great compromise between the populous states and the states sparsely populated in the making of the constitution no longer serves us well. The United States Senate is well 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.

Help make your progressive case by using this documentation which is continuously updated. https://www.newprogs.org/make_your_case


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3-Shining Light on Corporate Political Spending
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
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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
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18-Rules May Change, But the Secret Money Game Remains the Same
20-Jimmy Carter Says Elections Corrupted
21-Plutocrats: Then & Now
22-Plutocrats Want to Own Your Vote
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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
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30-Corporate Politics, Governance, and Value Before and After Citizens United
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34-Corporate Campaign Contributions and Abnormal Stock Returns after
Presidential Elections
 (PDF attachment)
35-Exclusive: Nonprofit Funneled Money to Kochs' Voter Database Effort, Other Conservative Groups
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38-ALEC to Attack North Carolina Renewable Energy Initiatives
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 (PDF attachment)
42-Learning From Microsoft's Mistakes, Google Invests Heavily In Influence
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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
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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
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59-Selling the White House? Obama-Linked Group Promises Top Donors Access to President
60-The Constitution & Legislation, Corporate “Persons” & Human Persons
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65-The Revolving Door Spins from Sea to Shining Sea
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72-The Impact of Political Connectedness on Cash Holdings: Evidence from Citizens United (PDF Document)

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75-Congress Repeals Financial Disclosure Requirements For Senior U.S. Officials
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
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84-Congress Quickly And Quietly Rolls Back Insider Trading Rules For Itself
86-Jeffrey Sachs Calls Out Wall Street Criminality and Pathological Greed
87-Make Corporations Disclose Political Donations to Shareholders
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90-Taking Opt-In Rights Seriously: What Knox v. SEIU Could Mean for Post-Citizens United Shareholder Rights (PDF Document)
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94-Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal
96-Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress
97-United States of ALEC — A Follow-Up
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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

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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


117-The Lobbying-Industrial Complex Strikes Again

119-Essay: Anatomy of the Deep State

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 

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127-NYC comptroller questions oil firm’s political giving


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


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

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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


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

140-Comcast, Time Warner and Congress: Perfect Together


142-Gangster State America– Paul Craig Roberts

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


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.


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 (Ted Talk video)

154-Rootstrikers TED Talk remix (Ted Talk 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

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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

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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


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


174-Bribery Is a Bargain for Big Oil


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 (YouTube video)

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


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.


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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 by Warren (PDF document)

228-A Federal Court Just Threatened Citizens United

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


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
- 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
- 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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

255-5 Horrible Things Congress Just Snuck Into Law


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


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.

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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.


267-Kentucky's top climate official sent packing

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

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


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

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


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.

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


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


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.


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


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

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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.


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


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?


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


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


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

323-Copp's Plea for You and Me

324-325 deleted

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


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

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

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338-Retiring Obama Administration Prosecutor Says the SEC Is Corrupt

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341-Suckers on April Fools’ Day

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


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


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


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


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"

359-'Bipartisan Fraud': Debate Rules Shut Out Third-Party Candidates - 'After Ds and Rs announced that they formed a commission for maintaining their duopoly of power, one might expect a reaction from TV executives'

360-Alan Gilbert - 2016 Primary Exit Polls and Anomalous Electronic Vote Totals (You Tube)

361-Bill Clinton aides used tax dollars to subsidize foundation, private email support - Program for ex-presidents paid salaries and benefits to Clinton aides at the center of controversies. 

362-Computerized Vote Rigging Is Still the Unseen Threat to US Democracy: It's Time to Change the System

363-Concern Grows Over Soros-Linked Voting Machines - Sixteen states may be using balloting equipment from a company tied to the leftist billionaire

364-Could the 2016 Election Be Stolen with Help from Electronic Voting Machines?

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368-Election Fraud Story Gets Worse: Irregularities Tied to E-Voting Machine Companies that Donated to Clinton Fund

369-An Electoral System in Crisis

370-Experts Find Evidence of Electronic "Vote-Flipping" in Tim Canova Loss to Wasserman-Schultz, Call for Recount

371-Freedom Rider: Wikileaks Exposes Democrats’ Corruption

372-Are We Witnessing a Dishonest Election?


374-Chamber of Commerce wages war against political transparency

375-Political Spending and Lobbying

376-A Board Member’s Guide to Corporate Political Spending

377-A Climate of Cash in Votes on Global Warming - Why, during the first month of the current Congress, did nearly half the Senate — all Republicans — vote against an amendment stating that human activities contribute significantly to climate change?


379-Anti-Elon Musk Campaign Has Big Ties to Big Energy

380-Beware Environmental Organizations, Unions, and Social Justice Movements Sheepdogging for Democrats and Corporations

381-Big Banks Betting Against Climate Change Policies, Spending Billions On Fossil Fuel Projects: Report

382-Big Business Ballot Bullies: In 2016 State Ballot Initiative Races, Corporate-Backed Groups' Campaign War Chests Outmatch Their Opposition by an Average of 10-to-1

383-Big Business Is Still Dominating State Supreme Courts

384-BREAKING: All 10 Election Hacks Inside the US in Georgia Have Been Tracked to DHS — NOT RUSSIA


386-Clinton Foundation Receiving Millions From Proponents of Keystone XL

387-Hillary Clinton Showed Support, Associates Profited from Ex-Im Bank Financing World’s Largest Coal Plants in South Africa


389-Confidential Documents Show Fossil Fuel Industry Plotted With GOP AGs to Attack Clean Power Plan

390-391 deleted

392-Court Documents Show Peabody Energy Funded Dozens of Climate Denial Groups

393-Debate Moderator Lester Holt Asks Zero Questions About Poverty, Abortion, Climate Change

394-395 deleted

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

397-2016 was the most expensive election in history.

398-Doing What the Feds Won’t on Corporate Political Disclosure - A tiny Washington nonprofit is trying to do what Congress and the SEC won't.

399-Donald Trump's Costly Pick of Mike Pence

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402-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

403-Exit Poll Results – Machine Vote Counts were Altered in S.E. Kansas


405-Finally, The Clearest Evidence That Shows How Money Shapes America’s Elections - Oversights of two generations of social scientists have weakened democracy.

406-From Corporate Lawyer to Corporate Critic: Ciara Torres-Spelliscy Dissects Citizens United - "This is...one of the fights of a lifetime," says the author of the new book Corporate Citizen?


408-Greg Palast in Ohio on GOP Effort to Remove African Americans from Voter Rolls in Battleground State


410-Hillary Rakes in Nearly $75,000 From Justice Department Employees: Calls continue for appointment of a special counsel

411-415 deleted

416-Obama: Vote Rigging Is Impossible - If In Favor Of Hillary Clinton


418-Margaret Flowers’ Retrospective on Running as a Green for the U.S. Senate

419-McConnell threatens shutdown to keep corporate political spending secret

420-DNC Leak Reveals Party Insiders Promised Access to Obama in Exchange for Cash - Emails appear to violate White House policy

421-Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy - 20,000 freshly leaked emails reveal resentful disdain toward Sanders, as party favored Clinton long before any votes were cast


423-Newsletter: Living In The Illusion Of Democracy

424-Ohio Signs Nation's First Anti-Renewable Energy into a law

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425-Pay to Play Restrictions on Campaign Contributions from Government Contractors, 2016 by Craig Holman, Ph.D., Public Citizen; and Kyung rok Wi, Democracy Law Project at Penn Law (PDF document)

426-Political Contributions and Lobbying Proposals by the Harvard Law School Forum on
Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

427-The Climate Accountability Scorecard: Ranking Major Fossil Fuel Companies on Climate Deception, Disclosure, and Action (2016) by the Union of Concerned Scientists 

428-Who's Driving Climate Denial? Big Companies and Conservative Media

429-431 deleted

432-Scandals At State: How Clinton, Kerry Used Office To Enrich Their Families

433-Secret Spending in the States

434-Shades of the Cold War: How the DNC fabricated a Russian hacker conspiracy to deflect blame for its email scandal - Leaked revelations of the DNC's latest misconduct bear a disturbing resemblance to Cold War red-baiting

435-436 deleted

437-The 3 Pillars of Election Reform: Why Now Is The Time To Get Involved

438-The Embarrassing Report On Russian Influence Over US Election

439-The Great Debate That Never Was

440-441 deleted

442-Tomgram: Thomas Frank, Worshipping Money in D.C.

443-Republican attack on landmark anti-corruption law poses grave threat to U.S. national security

444-Corporate Reform Coalition

445-IG Report: Obama Operatives Impeded FOIA Requests, Punished Judicial Watch


447-U.S. Chamber of Commerce Tops the List of Dark Money Groups Spending on Elections - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce increased spending after the 2010 Citizens United Case. The group has spent more than $18 million this year but kept its donor list secret.


449-Corporate America should get on board with political accountability


451-U.S. curtails federal election observers


453-Uncounted - Clint Curtis: Million Dollar Programmer (YouTube)


455-Voting Rights Advocates Concerned As Election Observers Dwindle - This is what the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act looks like.

456-The Fake Campaign to Blame ‘the Russians’

457-The lying campaign on Russian hacking

458-Tomgram: Engelhardt, War, Peace, and Absurdity

459-Tomgram: Nick Turse, Revolving Doors, Robust Rolodexes, and Runaway Generals

460-Why One Company Backed Donald Trump by Ciara Torres-Spelliscy


462-WikiLeaks: Clinton Camp Rigging Primaries as Early as 2014 - Despite Sanders’ surging popularity, he never had a chance


464-Wyoming Bill Would All But Outlaw Clean Energy by Preventing Utilities From Using It - Coal supporters are pushing a bill that would bar utilities from using the state's abundant wind power to provide electricity within the state.

465-This Is How New Zealand Fixed Its Voting System. The Kiwis can teach Cascadia a thing or two.
468-469 deleted
470-Time to have corporate America be honest about political spending

471-Third Party Candidates Fight Against the “Mafia State’s” Duopoly

472-The Value of the Shareholder Proposal Process


474-Secret and Foreign Spending in U.S. Elections: Why America Needs the DISCLOSE Act


476-Investor Reaction to Covert Corporate Political Activity

477-Hackers breach dozens of voting machines brought to conference

478-Conservatives work to shield Chamber from investors’ calls for transparency

479-Congress Quickly And Quietly Rolls Back Insider Trading Rules For Itself

480-The Real Reason The Elites Keep Killing Single-Payer

481-How Companies Can Earn Back Our Trust After Charlottesville

482-Campaign Finance Reform Without Law

483-What a 2050 Population Prediction Says About the Future of America - When 70 percent of America lives in 15 states, how will we pick presidents?

484-Film Review: ‘Dark Money’ - In Kimberly Reed's potent documentary, Montana is a microcosm of the troubling impact of the Citizens United ruling on U.S. democracy.

485-APNewsBreak: Georgia election server wiped after suit file


487-The Chamber of Secrets - An Investigation into Who Funds the Notoriously Opaque U.S. Chamber of Commerce (PDF document)

488-Congress Shouldn't Swallow These Poison Pills - Don't let the next government funding package get bogged down with corporate giveaways.

489-Congress could hardwire dark money into our democracy

490-Congressional aides risk conflicts with stock trades - Senior staffers buy and sell shares in companies that benefit from legislation in their committees.

491-Contaminating the Courts: How Corporations Are Misusing the Constitution to Attack the Environment (PDF document)

492-Dark money, super PAC spending surges ahead of 2018 midterms

493-Cooking Books: DOD, HUD Defrauded Taxpayers Of $21 Trillion From 1998 To 2015   The amount unaccounted for over this period adds up to $65,000 for each man, woman and child resident in America. By comparison, the cost per taxpayer of all U.S. wars waged since 9/11 has been $7,500 per taxpayer. The sum is also larger than the current national debt.

494-These companies support climate action, so why are they funding opposition to it? - A tale of Paris climate agreement supporters, political spending and unintended consequences

495-Sachs: Big oil, Abbott must pay a price in recovery

496-GOP Pushes 80 Anti-Environment Riders, Dark Money Rule Changes in Spending Bill

497-Journey to Victory in St. Petersburg! (YouTube)

498-Like Death and Taxes, Budget Riders Are Forever

499-500 deleted

501-More Company Boards Add Oversight of Political Spending


503-Own stocks? Chamber lobbies against shareholder democracy

504-How ‘Dirty’ Budget Bills Hurt Women, the Environment, and Your Health

505-506 deleted

507-Tax bill could make 'dark money' political contributions tax deductible

508-Tax-Exempt Lobbying: Corporate Philanthropy as a Tool for Political Influence

509-The Fight for Corporations to Reveal Political Spending - They may finally be required to tell how much they spend on politics.

510-The Value of the Shareholder Proposal Process

511-These N.J. companies reveal which politicians get their cash. Why won't others?

512-Trump’s SEC Blocks Shareholder Climate Resolution at Oil Company’s Request

513-Turning Words into Action

514-Worse than a government shutdown? Beware hidden poison pills in GOP spending bill

515-517 deleted

518-EPA asked Heartland for experts who question climate science

519-Companies face many dark perils when it comes to political money

520-Corporate lobbying comes at a price: The lesson of AT&T’s Michael Cohen fiasco  As investors increasingly call on companies to drain the swamp, how much will corporate reputations suffer?


522-Fossil Fuel Industries Outspend Clean Energy Advocates On Climate Lobbying By 10 To 1 That’s one reason why climate bills fail even though most Americans think global warming is happening.

523-Expert: Bots are poised to wreak havoc in the 2018 midterm elections

524-Shining a light on corporate spending in our elections


526-The Main Street Investors Coalition is an Industry-Funded Effort to Cut Off Shareholder Oversight by the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

527-The Risks Companies Face When Their Political Spending and Core Values Conflict

528-Report: Top Trump donor agreed to pay Michael Cohen $10M to promote nuclear power project

529-Utility Paid Actors to Support Power Plant at New Orleans Public Hearings

530-Judge's ruling invalidates FEC regulation allowing anonymous donations to 'dark money' groups

531-Foreign Lobby Watch

532-A Coal Executive’s “Action Plan” For Trump Is Made Public

533-John Oliver Finds Himself In ‘Pure Straight-Up Opposite World’   You can’t trust the names of advocacy groups, Oliver says, because some are designed to be “deliberately misleading.”

534-Dirty Hands

535-Despite Sharp Attacks on Political Disclosure and Accountability, 2018 CPA-Zicklin Index Finds Companies Recognize its Importance   Harvard law School


537-"Citizens United" as Bad Corporate Law   Harvard Law School


539-Dark-money groups were ordered to reveal their donors. They didn’t.

540-How the Farm Bureau’s Climate Agenda Is Failing Its Farmers   That agenda has left farmers ill-prepared to cope with effects of climate change—droughts, heat and storms—while neglecting a key climate solution.


542-Black Agenda Report on Georgia Election Fraud


544-Gary Swing on Election Reform


546-The Democracy Scorecard

547-How America’s top CEOs are spending their own money on the midterm elections

548-Hurricane Florence: When Climate Change Meets Bad Policy


550-Dark Money Illuminated


552-How politics became a risky business for companies in the era of Donald Trump, Steve King

553-2018 US Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends

554-The Koch network’s integrated strategy for social transformation

555-Wall Street Pumping Cash Through Loophole in Anti-Corruption Rule

556-Tomgram: Ben Freeman, The Saudi Lobby Juggernaut 

557-558 deleted

559-Boycotts, buycotts, and political consumerism in America

560-Corporations risking ‘serious corruption’ by failing to disclose political engagement, researchers say


562-2018 Green Party Election Results by Gary Swing

563-Polluters in the room: big energy 'undermining' UN climate talks

564-The Untenable Case for Keeping Investors in the Dark


566-Wall Street Urgently Pushes Its D.C. Wish List as Time Runs Out

567-US intelligence think tank conducted “false flag” operation impersonating Russian election interference

568-Brexit-Loving Koch Acolytes Are Getting Rich Off Climate Change Denial in the UK

569-Federal Election Commission chairwoman: Government shutdown is ‘incredibly wasteful and unproductive’ Ellen Weintraub, chair of the Federal Election Commission, laments her agency not enforcing and regulating campaign finance laws

570-Declaration of American Democracy  This organization is an ally of the New Progressive Alliance. "Together we must build a democracy where everyone participates, every vote is counted, voting rights are fully enforced, and everyone’s voice is heard. We deserve to have a say in decisions that affect our lives, and to be fairly represented by elected officials who are responsive to our needs in order to make our lives better."

571-Fiduciary Blind Spot: The Failure of Institutional Investors to Prevent the Illegitimate Use of Working Americans’ Savings for Corporate Political Spending

572-What Democracy? The case for abolishing the United States Senate

573-17 Million Americans Purged From Voter Rolls Between 2016 and 2018, Analysis Finds  "Voters often do not realize they have been purged until they try to cast a ballot on Election Day—after it's already too late."

574-Abolish the Senate The US Senate is one of the world’s most undemocratic legislatures. It needs to go.  By Daniel Lazare

575-An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes

576-AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software


578-Changes in Firms’ Political Investment Opportunities, Managerial Accountability, and Reputational Risk

579-Election Issues

580-Election security isn't that hard  We can have safe elections if we follow these three steps.

581-Federal Court Ruling May Open The Door To More 'Scam PACs'

582-Georgia election officials accused of destroying evidence in voting machine lawsuit

583-Good-Bye Electoral College? Popular Vote Movement Gaining Steam  It’s not just Democrats that see the virtue in reforming presidential elections

584-How much does your ISP spend on lobbying?

585-IEEFA report: BlackRock’s fossil fuel investments wipe US$90 billion in massive investor value destruction

586-Is it Time for Corporate Political Spending Disclosure? by Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance

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


589-Deregulating Corruption

590-The Corporations Funding the Group Behind the Country’s Most Extreme Anti-Choice Lawmakers

591-The Politics of CEOs

592-The Supreme Court Nixes Corporate Contributions for the 2020 Campaign

593-The United States Is the Most Corrupt Country in the World

594-These Companies Promised to Be Socially Responsible, But They Are Pushing ALEC’s Right-Wing Agenda  Just days before their CEOs pledged to work for all Americans, a dozen major corporations sent lobbyist to ALEC’s annual retreat to work in secret with lawmakers on bills to promote fossil fuels and bust unions.

595-Virginia Legislators Promoting Atlantic Coast Pipeline Have Personal Investments

596-Can't Argue With Science: MIT Study Supports Growing Demands to Unrig US Elections

597-Citizens United As Bad Corporate Law

598-Citizens United: The Court Ruling That Sold Our Democracy - Ten years after Citizens United, the damage is broad and deep—but we can still fix it.

599-Deregulating Corruption  Harvard Law & Policy Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2019

600-Erasing History One Forgotten Political Expenditure at a Time

601-Finally, The Clearest Evidence That Shows How Money Shapes America’s Elections - Oversights of two generations of social scientists have weakened democracy.

602-Fossil fuel political giving outdistances renewables 13 to one - During the latest midterm election cycle, the fossil fuel industry paid at least $359 million for federal campaign donations and lobbying.

603-Good-Bye Electoral College? Popular Vote Movement Gaining Steam

604-How Corporate Law Can Help Democracy Post–Citizens United - Are shareholders the last safeguard against dark money from private companies?

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

606-Legalized Political Corruption Is So Much Bigger Than Trump: A Journey in 7 Charts


608-Stop Blaming Young Voters for Not Turning Out for Sanders Sanders is losing to Biden because America is excluding young voters, persistently and systemically.

609-Super Tuesday Biden Victories Questioned by Election Watchers

610-Voter fraud is a huge problem in the Democratic Party  The modern Democratic Party actively encourages and facilitates voter fraud at every opportunity.

611-Michigan OKs Nestlé Water Extraction, Despite 80K+ Public Comments Against It

612-More companies publicly disclosing what they spend on politics, study finds

613-More money, less transparency: A decade under Citizens United

614-Nell Minow: Response to the Chamber of Commerce’s Outrageous Comment to DOL

615-Opinion: Gary Swing: U.S. is overdue for a new constitutional convention


617-SEC Proposed Proxy Rules Changes—A Risk to Companies, Corporate Political Disclosure and Accountability

618-Supreme Court Delivers a Blow to Secret Campaign Spending  The Supreme Court has flashed a warning signal against attempts to evade campaign finance disclosure laws, argues Brennan Center Fellow Ciara Torres-Spelliscy.

619-Ten Years After Citizens United  Nine Ways the U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling Has Eroded Democracy, and Its One Positive Outcome

620-The Politics of CEOs

621-The Supreme Court Is Killing Contribution Limits Softly; A Few Years from Now They Likely Will Be Dead.  by

622-The Untenable Case for Keeping Investors in the Dark   Harvard Business Law Review, Vol. 10, pp. 1-48, 2020

623-TV debates don't work — bring back the League of Women Voters - Rescue debates from the entertainment industry

624-United States Doesn't Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index - Nation classified "flawed democracy"


626-Whistleblower Exposes Voting Machine Fraud (YouTube)

627-Who Benefits When State Governments Award Incentives to Politically-Connected Companies?

628-The U.S. Inability To Count Votes is a National Disgrace. And Dangerous. - Nations far poorer and less technologically advanced have no problem holding quick, efficient elections. Distrust in U.S. outcomes is dangerous but rational.

629-The Most Expensive Election Ever

630-US election spending exceeds GDP of numerous countries

631-Why California Should Learn from Maine and Not Alaska on Electoral Reform

632-The Big Lie is a Pillar of the State


634-John Roberts Said “Things Have Changed Dramatically” in the South. Georgia Shows Why He’s Wrong.

635-Dark money groups battle bipartisan efforts to limit big-tech

636-Eight Years Ago, the Supreme Court Gutted the Voting Rights Act. Widespread Voter Suppression Resulted. Twenty-six states have since passed restrictive voting laws, including 10 that previously needed federal approval.

637-Companies with the highest carbon emissions spend big in government

638-21 Things We Learned About Money in Politics in 2021

639-1 in 5 local election officials say they're likely to quit before 2024

640-It’s time to confront state capture

641-‘Dark money’ topped $1 billion in 2020, largely boosting Democrats

642-How the Supreme Court Is Rebranding Corruption

643-State Lobbying Disclosure: A Scorecard

644-The nexus between the climate change and democracy crises

645-Honest Government Ad on the Supreme Court (YouTube)

646-American policy is splitting, state by state, into two blocs - This will have profound implications for the union

647-Let's Stop Pretending America is a Functioning Democracy by Chris Hedges

648-America’s Theater of the Absurd by Chris Hedges

649-The Case for Proportional Representation

650-Cornel West and the Campaign to End Political Apartheid - The two ruling parties have destroyed our democracy. Voting for one or the other will not bring it back.

651-How the states have become "Laboratories of Autocracy" — and why it's worse than you think

652-How People Around the World See Democracy in 8 Charts

653-Steven Levitsky - "Tyranny of the Minority" and Improving Our Democracy | The Daily Show (YouTube)












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