All Articles on Citizens United

'What a Healthy Democracy Should Look Like': Connecticut Small-Dollar Campaign Program a Model for Restoring Power to the People
New report details how state initiative leveled the playing field for candidates and ultimately led to better legislative outcomes for communities.
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With so many politicians in the pockets of their big donors, it’s been even harder to make progress on issues like gun safety, health care costs, or climate change. (Photo: DonkeyHotey/Flickr) Views
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.
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Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) speaks in favor of the For the People Act, a sweeping, pro-democracy bill passed by the House in 2019 that combines measures to protect voting rights, curb Big Money influence, and strengthen ethics rules. (Photo: Getty Images.) Views
Citizens United at 10: Why Fighting Corruption Is a Racial Justice Issue
In the wake of Citizens United, perhaps the most promising development has been efforts by democracy advocates to link anti-corruption measures with broader, pro-democracy reform.
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Essentially, it’s democracy for sale to the highest bidder. (Photo: Joe Bruskey/cc/flickr) Views
Bernie Sanders: 10 Years Fighting Citizens United
"You can’t take on a corrupt system if you take its money."
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Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), with the late Rep. Elijah Cummings behind him, speaks in support of HR 1 at the U.S. Capitol on January 4, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
As Citizens United Turns 10, We Need Candidates Who Will Fight to Get Money Out of Politics
In the decade since this disastrous Supreme Court ruling, just 11 wealthy people have made 20 percent of super PAC donations.
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Top Megadonors and Corporations Have Poured Almost $2 Billion Into Politics Since Citizens United
And thanks to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 2010, it is not possible to know precisely how much money corporations have channeled into dark money groups that influence elections.
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'Awesome, Brilliant, Necessary': Seattle Bans Foreign-Influenced Corporations From Spending in Local Elections
"This landmark campaign finance legislation bans corporations like Amazon and Bank of America from infiltrating the city’s electoral process."
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If we can’t easily regulate the amount of money in our politics, we might spread it around more (like Seattle), or create fewer opportunities to spend it (like Twitter) or less time in which to do so by limiting by law the length of campaigns, as Canada and many other nations do. (Photo: by Ethan Miller/Scott Olson/Olivier Douliery/Ira L. Black/Tsvi Braverman/Getty Images) Views
Can We Get the Money Out of Politics?
Many of the problems we have in the U.S. system, such as the Electoral College trumping (ahem) the popular vote, are institutional problems, and they are preserved by the high standards we set to amend the Constitution.
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"The most serious constitutional violations are the ones that are institutional usurpations." (Photo: Mr.Fish) Views
The End of the Rule of Law: The 12 Impeachable Offenses Committed By Trump
"If we take a narrow approach to impeachment, that will mean that all the more egregious violations will be viewed as having been endorsed and not rebuked and successive presidents will feel they have a green light to emulate Trump on everything except a Ukrainian shakedown."
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A case in Alaska could go to the U.S. Supreme Court and possibly overturn Citizens United. News
'Historic' Alaska Ruling Could Provide Roadmap to Defeating Citizens United
"This decision gives Alaskans and all Americans a chance to revisit those destructive decisions."
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