Campaign Finance Reform

Individual Contribution Limit in U.S. Elections Raised to $4.9 Million

December 26, 2014

TRNN reporter Thomas Hedges takes a look at two new provisions in the 2015 spending bill that drastically increase individual limits and prohibit President Obama from using executive action to shed light on dark money in campaigns.

Democrats Have Options to Pursue Campaign Finance Reform

September 13, 2014

Though Senate Republicans have thwarted a constitutional amendment to rein in campaign contributions, Democrats can pursue alternative strategies to increase transparency without a supermajority

IRS Failing to Regulate Dark-Money Political Spending

July 25, 2014

Prof. Tom Ferguson discusses why IRS fails to investigate political spending by groups such as Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS

Senate Debates Constitutional Amendment to Rein In Outside Cash

June 6, 2014

Though Democrats and Republicans are split down party lines on whether to add a constitutional amendment to limit campaign spending, both parties ignore 50 percent of Americans in favor of public financing

The Breakdown of Democracy

April 23, 2014

Rob Johnson: Unregulated campaign financing and central bank policies have contributed to the decline of democratic institutions

Republican Presidential Hopefuls Pay Homage to Billionaire Casino Tycoon Sheldon Adelson

April 7, 2014

Larry Wilkerson: Republicans attending casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s event represent how oligarchs have hijacked democracy

Supreme Court Decision Opens Floodgates for More Campaign Cash

April 3, 2014

Only .08% of U.S. population gives more than $2500 to campaigns now this elite will have fewer limits on their contributions, making funds harder to track and enhancing the influence of money in politics

Supreme Court Ruling Gives Wealthy Individuals More Influence Over Elections

April 2, 2014

Common Cause Maryland’s Jennifer Bevan-Dangle says the 1% are the beneficiaries of the McCutcheon decision

Citizens United 4 Years Later

January 22, 2014

Briffault: Private wealth of individuals and spending by super PACs, not just for-profit corporations, are spending huge sums in electoral politics

Koch Brothers Dealt Mixed Election Results as Grassroots Movement Mobilizes Against Dark Money

November 7, 2013

Brendan Fischer of Center for Media and Democracy discusses the electoral battle between organized money and organized people.

TRNN DEBATE: Are We Headed Towards Unlimited Campaign Donations?

October 8, 2013

Supreme Court considers first campaign finance decision since Citizens United.