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April 26, 2014

Remember this video that went viral after this year’s State of the Union? In the clip, a congressman threatened a reporter who asked him some questions about a campaign finance scandal. That congressman, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), is facing an indictment over the whole deal.

13:52 // 5 months ago
November 17, 2012
Super PACs are still a bad idea. Corporations should not be able to give unlimited sums to political campaigns. It is bad for our democracy.
Bill Burton, co-founder of an Obama-supporting super PAC, Priorities USA. This is a significant question for Democrats: Should progressives who oppose the very existence of super PACs also oppose progressive super PACS? Or is the utilization of super PACS a necessary step to changing the legal framework that makes them possible? Burton seems to believes it’s the second. “Citizens United harms our country, not just the liberal cause,” he says. “I’m proud of the work we did at Priorities in this election, but this system is broken and needs reform.” source (paywall)
1:16 // 1 year ago
October 10, 2012
13:19 // 2 years ago
October 9, 2012
I am hoping to work myself out of a job.
David Donnelly, co-founder of Friends of Democracy, on the irony of backing a super PAC that aims to abolish super PACs. (via The New York Times)

If this guy gets laid off, it doesn’t count against our unemployment rate. 

(via officialssay)

9:47 // 2 years ago
June 25, 2012
The Supreme Court has overruled the Montana Supreme Court decision limiting the Citizens United ruling to the federal level. This decision makes that controversial decision also apply to the state level as well. Read it here.

The Supreme Court has overruled the Montana Supreme Court decision limiting the Citizens United ruling to the federal level. This decision makes that controversial decision also apply to the state level as well. Read it here.

10:14 // 2 years ago
June 23, 2012
12:32 // 2 years ago
June 16, 2012
Obviously, maybe in a roundabout way, foreign money is coming into an American campaign.
Sen. John McCain • Criticizing the recent $10 million donation casino magnate Sheldon Adelson made to Mitt Romney’s Super PAC by suggesting that Adelson likely used profits from properties he owns in the Chinese special administrative region of Macau to fund Romney’s campaign. (It’s an issue near and dear to McCain’s heart, as the campaign finance bill that Citizens United largely struck down, McCain-Feingold, bears his name.) The Las Vegas Sands head also played a heavy role in the primaries, heavily funding Newt Gingrich’s electoral efforts. While people from foreign countries cannot fund election efforts, McCain is arguing that efforts like Adelson’s skirt around this, due to the fact that Adelson is the leader of a multinational corporation. Follow McCain’s logic here?
22:18 // 2 years ago
June 10, 2012
DC’s new era of political corruption: A city that’s seen more than its fair share
Ethical lapses aplenty: Last week saw Kwame R. Brown, the second-ranking political official in the city, step down from his job in the wake of a campaign finance and bank fraud scandal. Before that, Harry Thomas Jr. dropped his city council seat in January and is about to head to jail on bank fraud charges. And two mayor Vincent Gray’s aides pleaded guilty on corruption charges of their own (though Gray denies wrongdoing). It’s another set of scandals in a city that has seen more than its fair share. “Politicians will say there’s a culture of corruption, and often people say it’s rhetoric,” notes Democratic activist Bryan Weaver “But when it comes to D.C., there’s a culture of corruption that really exists. What gets passed off as politics as usual are huge ethical lapses.” Read more here. (photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

DC’s new era of political corruption: A city that’s seen more than its fair share

Ethical lapses aplenty: Last week saw Kwame R. Brown, the second-ranking political official in the city, step down from his job in the wake of a campaign finance and bank fraud scandal. Before that, Harry Thomas Jr. dropped his city council seat in January and is about to head to jail on bank fraud charges. And two mayor Vincent Gray’s aides pleaded guilty on corruption charges of their own (though Gray denies wrongdoing). It’s another set of scandals in a city that has seen more than its fair share. “Politicians will say there’s a culture of corruption, and often people say it’s rhetoric,” notes Democratic activist Bryan Weaver “But when it comes to D.C., there’s a culture of corruption that really exists. What gets passed off as politics as usual are huge ethical lapses.” Read more here. (photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

11:51 // 2 years ago
May 29, 2012
Today in ongoing tension: Jurors in the John Edwards campaign finance trial will deliberate for a seventh day, amid word of “juror issues” affecting the decision-making in the case. Edwards could face prison time depending on how they decide. (photo by Gerry Broome/AP)

Today in ongoing tension: Jurors in the John Edwards campaign finance trial will deliberate for a seventh day, amid word of “juror issues” affecting the decision-making in the case. Edwards could face prison time depending on how they decide. (photo by Gerry Broome/AP)

10:11 // 2 years ago
March 18, 2012
The Super PACs have played a key role, unfortunately, in my view, because most of them are negative ads. They’ve driven up the unfavorables of all of the candidates and made it much more difficult, frankly, to win the election in November.
Sen. John McCain • Speaking on the 2012 presidential election, which he called “the nastiest I have ever seen.” Remember, this is coming from the guy who once was falsely accused of birthing a black child out of wedlock. So his standards are pretty high as far as nasty races go. McCain, a longtime advocate of campaign finance reform, went further, calling the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision “the worst decision the United States Supreme Court has made in many years.”
19:27 // 2 years ago