Citizens United

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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.

The Chronicles of Money, Politics, and the Realities of a Post-Citizens United World

Here's a round-up of Public Campaign and Public Campaign Action Fund's work for the week of June 13-17, 2011.

No Laughing Matter

What did the U.S. Chamber of Commerce president mean when he remarked that they would "get rid of" any freshman members of Congress who didn't vote to raise the debt ceiling? In a post-Citizens United world, the answer is pretty clear.

Politico reported today on the alleged "joke" from the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, which was viewed by many as a direct threat to some freshman members of Congress.

Public Campaign's Nick Nyhart and DEMOS' Tova Wang: Attack on Workers Part of Organized Effort to Shift Political Power

The assault on workers taking place all over the country, most notably in Wisconsin, is still fresh on everyone's mind.

Where there's a Will, there's a Nay

Washington Post columnist and notorious arbiter of denim-wear, George Will, wrote a column yesterday criticizing a recent hearing on the Fair Elections Now Act, legislation that would help to put government back into the hands of everyday people.

From Public Campaign: Citizens United, One Year Later

One Year after Citizens United:
Lessons from 2010 and Implications for 2012

On January 21, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. FEC that corporations, labor unions, and certain non-profits could spend unregulated funds running advertisements to promote the election or defeat of federal candidates. This stands as a seminal moment, for good or bad, in our politics and campaign finance jurisprudence.

2010's Top 10 Money and Politics Stories

By: David Donnelly and Adam Smith

Whether it was apologizing to BP, the Fair Elections Now Act passing out of a U.S. House committee, or the Supreme Court declaring that corporations were people when it comes to spending money in elections, 2010 was a big year for news about money in the political process. Here's our top ten list. Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Stop the Chase for Campaign Cash

Agnes Gund, a philanthropist and major political donor, has an op-ed in today's Politico about Citizens United and the need for Fair Elections.


"I’ve seen firsthand the unsustainable rise in the cost of running for office and how that makes good people spend far too much time “dialing for dollars.” I am often on the other end of these calls.


Big Donors to Speaker Pelosi: Pass Fair Elections

The New York Times political blog, The Caucus, reports that big donors have wriiten a letter to Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) that says enough is enough - it's time to pass Fair Elections style campaign reform.


Voters demand response to Citizens United

While most of Washington is still digging out of this weekend's blizzard, Public Campaign Action Fund joined with Common Cause and Change Congress to release new polling today on the impact of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and the Fair Elections Now Act.


The results aren't surprising - voters are disillusioned by Washington and think that special interests have too much influence on the policy making process.


Here are some key points: