Citizens United

Heads Big Money Wins, Tails You Lose

If the common media narrative is to be believed, Sheldon Adelson and the other mega-donors of 2012 are the laughingstocks of America, having poured hundreds of millions of dollars into influencing the year’s elections, but losing in most races.

Democratic Party Platform 2012: We Must Curb the Influence of Special Interests

The 2012 Democratic Party platform has been released. Here's the section on money in politics:

ROUND UP: What People Are Saying After Court's Latest Big Money Ruling

Earlier this year, the Montana Supreme Court upheld the state’s century-old Corrupt Practices Act that banned direct expenditures in elections for state offices. In the Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, justices argued that because outside expenditures were independent, they could not be corrupting. Montana’s Attorney General, and the Montana Supreme Court, disagreed citing the state’s own history of corruption. Today, in the American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock ruling, the Court overturned state's Supreme Court ruling.

Supreme Court Set to Consider Montana Campaign Finance Case

Scotusblog reports that the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the American Tradition Partnership, et al., v. Bullock case on June 14th.

Pelosi Commits to Campaign Finance Reform on ABC's "This Week"

This Sunday, May 20, 2012, Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif. 23) sat down with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week” and reaffirmed her commitment to campaign finance reform.

The Bank of America Political Spending We Know About

Bank of America shareholders will vote at their annual meeting this week on two proposals to limit or disclose political spending by the behemoth bank. After the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Citizens United v.

How To Beat Citizens United

The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne has an op-ed today on fighting big money influence in our elections post-Citizens Uinted. He looks to the Fair Elections campaign that is underway in New York state that could bring public financing to state legislative races.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and Election 2012: The Year of the Billionaire?

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from January 20 through March 9, 2012.

Nancy Pelosi on Citizens United Anniversary: Encourage Small Donors

January 21 marked the second anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC decision that allowed for our elections to be pushed further into the hands of the wealthy elite.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hit the nail on the head in her statement today on the decision. She said (emphasis added):

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Anniversary Only Big Money Could Love

Here's a recap of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's (PCAF) work from January 2 through January 20, 2011.