Corporate lobbyist understand that congressional staffers have gained far-reaching control over legislation. Lately it's dawned on lobbyists that instead of wooing staff with flattery and gifts, they should simply become the staff.
Why does the SEC continue to refuse to require corporations to disclose to shareholders how much of their money they are throwing into elections?
The money primary of the 2016 presidential race is already on, even though most candidates haven't announced yet. Bush and Clinton are projected to do well, but the big winner of the money primary will be the money.
The Citizens United decision was dependent on an assurance that it would not lead to even the appearance of corruption. The findings of two Huffington Post reporters challenge that assertion.
Fifty years of history taught us that a voting rights law, however buttressed against the damage done by conservatives in courts and legislatures, is not enough.
Their policies have led, not to development and democracy, but to chaos and collapse. Our global reputation as a just and democratic state – the “fourth power” of our principled beliefs – lies in tatters.
An amendment would complete the work started by the Voting Rights Act almost 50 years ago, and undo the damage done five years ago by the Supreme Court's "Citizens United" ruling.
The Right to Vote Amendment by Reps. Keith Ellison and Mark Pocan would amend the Constitution to provide all Americans the affirmative right to vote, and empower Congress to protect this right.
No one in the House or Senate would admit to putting it in the bill. No one would say they supported the provision. Yet Wall Street still got their way. What does that say about who runs our government?
The 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference will be held Jan. 15–19 in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. The event is hosted by The AFL-CIO’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department.
What we are witnessing is a reflection of a systematic failure in our society that is revealed wherever we are willing to look—schools, health care, employment, housing, life expectancy, poverty, and the list goes on.
The American economy will grow stronger, from the bottom up, once we end our two-tiered economic system and ensure that all workers have the same rights. President Obama's executive action is a major step forward.
Outright violations of voters’ rights, or incidents that hindered voters’ ability to get out or actually vote, were prevalent throughout the 2014 midterm elections, according to the director of an election command center.
In this interview on "The Zero Hour," progressive pollster agrees this was a “wave” election. That can be seen in the Democrats' devastating gubernatorial, as well as senatorial, losses.
The election debacle puts Americans at risk. With a Republican Congress rewarded for its obstruction, anything that gets done in Congress is likely to serve the few and screw the many. Get ready for the fight to come.
Here's an interview with CAF's very own Roger Hickey on the importance of this election. He makes the case for the importance of voting – even for progressives who may (understandably) be disaffected with the campaign.
It’s time for politicians to focus on the needs of the 99 percent. For that to happen, the 99 percent must vote for themselves on Tuesday – for their self-interest, their wages, their health insurance, their Social Security.
Unless voters come out in force, it looks like corporate money is about to buy itself another house of Congress. For the American people, the moral of this story couldn't be clearer.
Mountains of money are flooding key races in the most expensive non-presidential campaign in history. To keep you up to date with the latest, we’ve rounded up some key campaign finance stories.
With Election Day just two weeks away, Rev. William Barber's words remind us: "If we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now!" His new book reminds us of the moral power of progressive values when we march "forward together."
Voter ID laws prevent voting by people Republicans detest, the derided “47 percent” that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spit on. Republicans are robbing citizens of the fundamental right to vote. It’s criminal.
The Senate is considering the Democracy For All Amendment to undo the damage the Supreme Court did with their Citizens United and other rulings that allow corporations and billionaires to purchase our elections.
Everyone understands that government officials who “play ball” can get a huge paycheck after leaving government if they help certain big businesses while serving in government.
The story of the 2014 Republican primaries is the failure of the Tea Party to punish Republicans who show openness to immigration reform. Unfortunately, it's a story that hasn't been told.
Sen. Rand Paul's immigration proposal is an incoherent mess that can't stand real scrutiny. When faced with an undocumented immigrant who's life is on the line, Paul decided to flee the scene.
Here are the Republicans who taken the risk of angering their Latino constituents and voting to make the young undocumenteds known as "DREAMers" newly susceptible to deportation.
Ahhh, the ongoing dream of a "radical centrist" revolution. For some reason it always ends up doing absolutely nothing except make money for the people who sell it as a way to keep the rabble in line.
One of Juliàn Castro’s first official acts as the new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development should be to make concrete the Department’s duty to promote fair housing throughout its programs and activities.
Democrats need a net gain of 17 seats to take back the House. Here are 16 competitive Republican-held seats where the Latino population is significant enough to influence the outcome of the election.
Right-wingers on the Supreme Court gave a minority – the wealthy – legal sanction to buy the government. Now, democracy-loving Americans are demanding a constitutional amendment to return governing to the majority.
PBS (and its radio equivalent, NPR), while continuing to broadcast a great deal of fine programming, has increasingly come to reflect the agenda of “the one percent.” Is this why PBS spiked "Citizen Koch"?
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling doubled down on bigotry this week, disparaging NBA icon Magic Johnson for his HIV-positive status. But his racist remarks were no anomaly.
We are headed into a reckoning. We know that the rules are rigged in Washington, as the powerful protect their interests from the many. The question is can the people take back their democracy?
The Supreme Court asserted that billionaires have a First Amendment right to spend as much as they want on politics. The court said that supersedes the right of the majority to a democracy in which their lawmakers can’t be purchased.
The prevailing myth in America has been that the rich have a right to buy more gizmos, but they don’t have the right to buy more democracy. The Supreme Court just laid that myth to rest. But we shouldn’t cower.
This latest Supreme Court ruling is a decisive battle in a determined and wealthy minority’s war against the popular will. And the people will continue to lose – until the rules of engagement are changed.
The Republican 2016 presidential primary season opened with the "Sheldon Adelson Primary." A billionaire political boss doesn't wait for the official GOP primary season to start. He holds his own primary.
If Democrats don't give regular, working people – the Democratic base – a reason to vote, then they won't. In Tuesday's special House election in Florida, 3,400 of them decided there was not enough reason to bother.
Social welfare organizations are allowed to influence elections to a degree, but can’t make electoral politics their “primary focus.” The problem is that standard hasn’t been well defined.
Here are five-plus examples of billionaires who use their money to try to get us to think what they want us to think in order to enact a right-wing economic agenda.