Holding Politicians Accountable

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Huffington Post: Senate Candidates Actually Debate The Insidious Influence Of Money In Politics

The influence of money in politics was long treated as a side issue during the campaign season. But this year, in at least a half-dozen Senate races, large contributions to and big spending by independent super PACs and nonprofits have featured as key topics in candidate debates.”

Every Voice’s David Donnelly on why this might be:It’s an issue that appeals to conservatives as well as to progressives. It’s smart politics not just to blast money in politics but to say what you’re for.”

Filed under Senate 2014 elections politics campaign finance

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"Elected officials shouldn’t get to choose who gets to choose elected officials!"

Lewis Black is mad about people attacking the right to vote. We are too.

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The jockeying for 2016 money is like The Bachelor for rich old people

But do the donors hand their preferred candidates a rose?

"As the sun set over Central Park on Monday night, a parade of black town cars arrived at 834 Fifth Avenue, depositing well-heeled Republican donors in front of the Upper East Side apartment of Jets owner Woody Johnson. 

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"A fleet of Chevy Suburbans, equipped with flashing lights and crewed by tense suit-and-earpiece-clad state troopers, stood guard at 64th Street to protect some People Who Would Be President. From 6pm to 6:30, a passel of 2016 hopefuls promenaded into the building to attend the event—a major fundraiser for the Republican National Committee.”

Filed under 2016 campaign cash