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More Honest Political Ads

These are brilliant: You can contribute here. And speaking of honesty, be sure to read about the benefits you get for your contribution. And these aren’t the only guys out there fighting political corruption. Be sure to check out the Mayday Super PAC, whose goal is eliminate Super PACS (including their own). Irony!

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An Honest Politician

At last, a completely honest politician. But you might be surprised by what he is saying: And he’s being funded by an IndieGoGo campaign.

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The Difference Between Bribery and Lobbying

© Zach Weinersmith I can’t think of any other difference between lobbying and bribery. Can you?

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Oligarchy!

© Tom Tomorrow The Republican majority on the Supreme Court seems hell bent to solidify oligarchy in the US by ruling that money is free speech. Indeed, a recent study done at Princeton and Northwestern Universities looked at 1,800 laws enacted between 1981 and 2002 and compared them to the interests of average Americans (in […]

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Legalized Bribery

I know that the Citizens United decision happened over four years ago and has already done immense damage to our political system, but I fear that we ain’t seen nothing yet. According to the NY Times: This election year will be the moment when individual candidate super PACs — a form of legalized bribery — […]

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The Unbelievably Crazy World of Super PACs

Stephen Colbert shuts down his Super PAC, but manages to surprise even people like me who already thought our election laws are completely screwed up. This is unbelievable.

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Amend 2012!

There were a number of ballot measures in the recent election that asked people if they wanted to see the Citizens United Supreme Court decision overturned. And the results are that over seven million people said that corporations are not people and money is not free speech. The state of Montana passed initiative I-166 with […]

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Bribery by Any Other Name

Some of us have been guessing that the reason Sheldon Adelson is giving so much money (around $100 million) to Romney’s campaign is to buy his way out of criminal charges that he might face under an Obama administration. Well, we don’t have to guess any more. In a new interview with Politico, Adelson candidly […]

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Dirty Money

Super PACs have garnered a lot of attention lately, but they aren’t the real money in politics. Far worse are so-called “dark-money nonprofits”, which are allowed to keep their donors secret. The Citizens United decision not only allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on politics, it gives the same right to nonprofits. However, […]

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“Dark Wizards for a Better America” Super PAC

Even if you aren’t a Harry Potter fan, McSweeney’s has a hilarious article called “In Hindsight, Maybe We Shouldn’t Have Let Lord Voldemort Start His Own Super PAC”. Here’s just a short quote from it: I’m not saying that Super PACs are inherently evil or anything. After all, look how that Citizens United case turned […]

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The Solution to Citizens United? Citizens United

[reprinted from The Onion.] Americans Pool Together $945.23 To Counteract Corporate Money’s Influence In Politics WASHINGTON — Spurred into action by the surge of Super PAC donations ahead of November’s general election, the American people this week collectively managed to raise $945.23 to offset the influence of corporate spending on politics. “Today we take a […]

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Honest Abe?

The website FlackCheck.org (run by the same people who do FactCheck.org) is imagining whether Lincoln (our most respected president) could be re-elected today. The best part is a series of hypothetical campaign ads by his opponent George B. McClennan, using modern negative campaign propaganda techniques. Here’s one of them: They also have ads from the […]

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Let Them Eat Cake

© David Horsey This comic is referring to a recent ad from the Romney campaign, which uses an out-of-context quote from Obama saying “The private sector is doing fine.” and using it to claim that Obama is “out of touch”. But not only was the quote taken out of context (Obama was pointing out that […]

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Foundation

© Jim Morin If the Citizens United decision means that money is speech and corporations are people, then maybe we should make corporations (including SuperPACs) spending money on political ads subject to libel and slander laws. When the Koch brothers run ads like this, which PolitiFact determines to contain “Pants-On-Fire” lies, they should be liable. […]

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The Republican Argument Against PACs

Obama is on record against PACs and SuperPACs, which can funnel unlimited amounts of money into protected political speech. So of course, when he accepts money from them, he is attacked for being hypocritical. And yet, it seems that the only way this country will get any restrictions against PACs and SuperPACs, is by them […]

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