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Money & Influence 09.7.2021

Democracy’s Essential Infrastructure

Successful self-government depends upon a well-informed citizenry. Democracy is premised on the belief that an informed electorate is best able to set the course of government. But if we the people are denied the news and facts needed to make sound judgments, we will make decisions that harm our nation.

Money & Influence 08.9.2021

Delivering for democracy

Candidates running for office today need two things: enough money for the campaign's message to be heard and a solution for reducing money's importance.

Media & Democracy 03.3.2021

Facebook Should Enforce and Expand Civic Integrity Policies; Instead It Hides Behind Oversight Board

Facebook has punted the decision of whether or not to permanently ban Donald Trump to its new Oversight Board. Instead of hiding behind whatever the Oversight Board decides, Facebook should enforce and expand its own civic integrity policies to crack down on hate speech and disinformation.

Money & Influence 07.26.2019

Sunday Night MSNBC TV: American Swamp

MSNBC starts a four-part series called American Swamp this Sunday. It will look at President Trump's finances, money in politics, how lobbyists influence legislation, and what we can do about it. The series feature some of our favorite people, including Shelia Krumholz at OpenSecrets.org, and students at North Carolina A&T talking about gerrymandering. Tune in.

Money & Influence 06.21.2016

Murphy’s filibuster a win against big money

The national debate over gun control took center stage at the US Senate last week when Senator Chris Murphy, D-CT, and allies staged a 15-hour filibuster to force action on gun control legislation. The talk-a-thon ended only when the Senate agreed to hold votes on legislation banning gun sales to individuals on the government’s terrorist watch list and on expanding background checks.

Money & Influence 02.15.2015

Open Mic at the FEC

Last week, I spent an hour at a witness table next to Shaun McCutcheon. He was the lead plaintiff in the eponymous Supreme Court case that dissenting Justice Stephen Breyer wrote “eviscerate[d] our campaign finance laws.”

Money & Influence 01.21.2015

7 Bills To Defend Our Democracy

Today is the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's disastrous ruling in Citizens United, and to commemorate the occasion, lawmakers are proposing a slate of 7 bills to put our government back in the people's hands

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