Campaign Finance Reform
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.
Though Senate Republicans have thwarted a constitutional amendment to rein in campaign contributions, Democrats can pursue alternative strategies to increase transparency without a supermajority
Prof. Tom Ferguson discusses why IRS fails to investigate political spending by groups such as Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS
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
Rob Johnson: Unregulated campaign financing and central bank policies have contributed to the decline of democratic institutions
Larry Wilkerson: Republicans attending casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s event represent how oligarchs have hijacked democracy
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
Common Cause Maryland’s Jennifer Bevan-Dangle says the 1% are the beneficiaries of the McCutcheon decision
Briffault: Private wealth of individuals and spending by super PACs, not just for-profit corporations, are spending huge sums in electoral politics
Brendan Fischer of Center for Media and Democracy discusses the electoral battle between organized money and organized people.