Obama Backs Away From Inequality Debate To Comfort Corporate Democrats

By: Monday July 7, 2014 7:44 am

Months ago it was “the defining issue of our time”  today it’s a hazy memory of a dreamy talking point. According to the Washington Post, President Barack Obama has “largely abandoned” talking about wealth inequality in America to appease corporate Democrats worried about losing support from the wealthy contributor class. So instead of taking on [...]

Supreme Court Strikes Down Yet Another Campaign Contribution Regulation On 1%

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 10:24 am

There has always been a debate in America as to whether the country is, in truth, a republic with a substantive democracy or an oligarchy with an essentially procedural democracy where real outcomes are determined outside the formal electoral process – today the Supreme Court did its best to ensure the latter striking down yet [...]

Study Proves Campaign Donations Buy Access

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 11:12 am

Warning: this may be painfully obvious. Just in case you, for some reason I can’t fathom, had doubts that money buys influence in Washington our friends in the ivory tower decided to perform a scientific experiment to prove it. Joshua Kalla at Yale University and David Broockman at the University of California, Berkeley wanted to [...]

Republican Billionaires Pushing Consultants Aside In Post-Citizens United World

By: Monday March 3, 2014 11:39 am

He who has the gold makes the rules. And so it is under the new campaign finance system that those funding politicians have increasingly decided they want their influence to extend to campaign strategy. Without the old restraints campaign consultants and strategists have no choice but to heel to a donor-centric campaign system that puts [...]

Karl Rove Provided Inaccurate Information On Dark Money Group

By: Monday November 25, 2013 10:13 am

In 2012 Karl Rove stated to the IRS that his group, Crossroads GPS, was a social welfare organization and would use part of the money the group raised for grants to assist other social welfare groups for non-political purposes – “not for political expenditures, consistent with the organization’s tax-exempt mission.” But new evidence, according to [...]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Will Remove What’s Left Of American Democracy

By: Tuesday August 20, 2013 8:30 am

If you think America is a corporate free fire zone now, wait until the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes. The trade deal is essentially the kill shot for what remains of legal democratic accountability in the United States and will allow the rootless global elite and their transnational corporations to dictate the daily lives and laws [...]

Obama Administration Under Fire For Selling Access

By: Tuesday February 26, 2013 6:00 am

In a post-Citizen’s United world quid pro quo is a way of life. So maybe it should not be a surprise that the Obama team’s fundraising strategy involves selling access to President Obama in exchange for cash despite President Obama’s clear promise not to do so in his early campaigns. President Obama’s political team is [...]

The War On Workers Comes to California, in Disguise

By: Thursday July 12, 2012 7:10 am

After the victory in Wisconsin, many wondered where conservative interests would strike next to finish off unions and permanently alter the power relationship between labor and capital. It appears the next step is California. In November, voters will decide on an initiative, Prop 32, that would “eliminate unions from having any voice in politics whatsoever,” [...]

The Continued Collapse of Democratic Populism

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 2:17 pm

Jonathan Martin goes searching for populists in the Democratic Party, and comes up empty. Populism — with its rowdy zeal to brawl against economic elites on behalf of the working classes — was for decades the party’s defining cause. In language that highlights the tameness of contemporary class warfare, President Franklin D. Roosevelt railed against [...]

Citizens United Ruling Destined to Remain for Some Time

By: Monday June 25, 2012 9:58 am

In a way, the idea that the Supreme Court would overturn their landmark ruling in the Citizens United case, in just two years’ time, with the same personnel on the Court based on a state Supreme Court holding in Montana, of all places, was pretty fanciful. And the Court did not surprise anyone. They quickly [...]

Supreme Court: No HC Ruling, But No Change to Citizens United, Pre-Emption of Most of Arizona Immigration Law, Overturn on Life Sentences for Juveniles

By: Monday June 25, 2012 7:56 am

There will be no ruling on the Affordable Care Act today, per the fine folks at SCOTUSBlog. However, three other consequential rulings did get announced. First, there’s the case of American Tradition Partnership v. Bullock. This was the Montana attempt to effectively overturn Citizens United and re-establish limits on corporate participation in political campaigns. The [...]

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