Ari Berman

Ari Berman is a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the author of Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics,and has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in the New York Times, Editor & Publisher and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, C-Span and NPR.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:51am
The Supreme Court’s Ideology: More Money, Less Voting
In the past four years, under the leadership of Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court has made it far easier to buy an election and far harder to vote in one.
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 9:41am
Separate and Unequal Voting in Arizona and Kansas
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Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 10:26am
On the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, a New Civil Rights Movement Emerges
There were marquee names like Eric Holder and great speeches by civil rights icons like Congressman
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Friday, July 26, 2013 - 3:30pm
North Carolina Passes the Country's Worst Voter Suppression Law
I’ve been in Texas this week researching the history of the Voting Rights Act at the LBJ Library.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 2:08pm
IRS Fallout: The Real Scandal Is Secret Money Influencing US Elections
The IRS is under siege for investigating conservative political groups applying for tax-exempt status. But the real problem wasn’t that the IRS was too aggressive.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 9:49am
Election Reform Should Be a Top Priority for the New Congress
On two major occasions—during his election-night speech and second inaugural address—President Obama has highlighted the need for election reform .
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 6:52am
A Recent History of GOP Voter Suppression in Florida
The state of Florida has an unfortunate history of disenfranchising voters. We all remember the “hanging chads” of 2000. Less well-known is how Florida wrongly labeled 12,000 eligible voters as felons, 41 percent of whom were African-Americans, and kicked them off the voting rolls that year, which could have very well cost Al Gore the election.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 5:01pm
The Buying of the President 2012: Meet the Super-PAC Mega-Donors
The more we learn about Super PACs , the uglier the picture gets.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 12:55pm
The .0000063% Election: The Politics of the Super Rich
At a time when it’s become a cliché to say that Occupy Wall Street has changed the nation’s political conversation -- drawing long overdue attention to the struggles of the 99% -- electoral politics and the 2012 presidential election have become almost exclusively defined by the 1%. Or, to be more precise, the .0000063% .
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Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 9:16am
The GOP War on Voting
As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008. Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots.
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