All Articles on Citizens United

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The Overwhelming Consensus Against Citizens United
Year in which the U.S. Supreme Court in the Citizens United decision struck down restrictions on political spending, including secret spending by outside groups unaffiliated with campaigns or parties: 2010 Since the decision, amount in unlimited contributions that's poured into federal elections: $...
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The Devastating Cost of Monetized Elections
Corporatized and commercialized elections reach a point where they stand outside and erode our democracy. Every four years the presidential and Congressional elections become more of a marketplace where the wealthy paymasters turn a civic process into a spectacle of vacuous rhetorical contests,...
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On Sixth Anniversary of Citizens United, Obama Still Has Chance to Act
Two-thousand, one-hundred-and-ninety days. That is how long it has been since the Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission by a vote of five to four. So far, we have heard quite a bit from President Obama about the problem of big money in politics. The power of the bully...
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Six Years After Citizens United, Call to 'Reclaim Democracy' Louder than Ever
Reformers are hopeful President Barack Obama will issue an executive order requiring current government contractors to disclose their political contributions
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6 Years of Citizens United
Six years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC . It is not a happy anniversary. I remember waiting for the ruling and opening it up on my computer: when I finally read it, I didn't want to believe that the Court had gone as far as it had and been so careless...
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Who's Funding the 2016 Election? Mostly, We'll Never Know.
Federal regulators say they have few ways to oversee candidate-super PAC coordination in post- Citizens United landscape
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Impunity in the Billionaire Class and the National Security State
What a scam! Noam Scheiber and Patricia Cohen described it this way in a front-page New York Times report on how a small group of incredibly wealthy Americans funded their way into another tax universe: “Operating largely out of public view -- in tax court, through arcane legislative provisions and...
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2016 Will Be a Test for Super PACs
What do Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have in common? Pause for requisite awful hair joke . No really. From a campaign finance perspective, they have one distinctive thing in common: they have no Super PACs propping up their candidacies. Now these two candidates could not be further apart on most...
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Upholding Power of the People, Court Says Voters Can Weigh In on Citizens United
'Are we a democracy of, by, and for the people, or are we to be ruled by an elite, moneyed class?'
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Happy Holidays, Super PACs: FEC Removes Yet Another Block Against Dark Money
Little-noticed rule allows candidates to solicit money for super PACs as long as it's done in a small meeting
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