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Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Citizens United v.

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

Federal Election Commission, No. 08-205, 558 U.S. 310 (2010)[dead link], is a U.S. constitutional law case dealing with the regulation of campaign spending by organizations. The United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation. The principles articulated by the Supreme Court in the case have also been extended to for-profit corporations, labor unions and other associations.

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Ten times more 'dark money' has been spent for 2016 elections, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says

Sen. Tammy Baldwin warned her supporters about the dangers of "dark money" -- cash spent on elections by groups that don’t have to disclose their donors. In an Oct. 30, 2015 email, the Wisconsin Democrat wrote that groups backed by conservatives such as Karl Rove and the Koch brothers "have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to make sure they get right-wing extremists elected into office.

Meet the 7 oligarchs bankrolling the GOP campaign. They all live in the same neighborhood in Houston, they're all worth billions and they are attempting to buy the next President. : politics. Moxy801 comments on America’s silent-but-deadly billionaires: How our tight-lipped overlords are waging stealth campaigns against the middle class. America’s silent-but-deadly billionaires: How our tight-lipped overlords are waging stealth campaigns against the middle class. Teddy Roosevelt famously argued that, when it comes to foreign policy, one should “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.”

America’s silent-but-deadly billionaires: How our tight-lipped overlords are waging stealth campaigns against the middle class

Similarly, an apt summation of the political inclinations of billionaires might be, “Speak softly, and carry a big check.” While some billionaires, like Warren Buffett, are outspoken on political issues, most tend to say very little, or speak in vague generalities. But a new working paper by political scientists Benjamin Page, Jason Seawright and Matthew Lacombe finds that what billionaires say and what they do are dramatically different. While billionaires rarely go on the record discussing Social Security and taxes, they work behind the scenes to oppose policies favored by average Americans. Often, there are deep disconnects between what billionaires say regarding policies and which organizations they fund.

How The 2016 Candidates Are Getting Their Money, In 1 Infographic : It's All Politics. Jeb Bush is getting all the millionaires, and Bernie Sanders is getting the small donors — those have been two prominent storylines in the 2016 money race for the presidency.

How The 2016 Candidates Are Getting Their Money, In 1 Infographic : It's All Politics

But what about everyone in between? The Washington, D.C. -based Campaign Finance Institute released data on campaign fundraising, and it paints a fascinating picture — which we decided to make into a literal picture. Bernie Sanders Calls For Publicly Funded Elections To Topple U.S. Oligarchy. To Topple US ‘Oligarchy,’ Sanders Calls for Publicly Financed Elections Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton responds to question about big money in politics with ‘a flavorless mush of platitudes’.

Bernie Sanders Calls For Publicly Funded Elections To Topple U.S. Oligarchy

By Deirdre Fulton – Aug 3, 2015 Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a campaign stop in New Orleans on July 26, 2015. (Photo Credit: Nick Solari/flickr/cc) Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who has been vocal on the campaign trail about the scourge of big money in politics, said on Sunday he would push legislation in Congress to provide public funding of elections. The Political 1% of the 1% in 2012. In the 2012 election, 28 percent of all disclosed political contributions came from just 31,385 people.

The Political 1% of the 1% in 2012

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H&R Block and Turbotax lobbied congress to keep the IRS from pre-filling out US tax forms, just to stay in business. Justices OK dumping mine waste into Alaskan lake - latimes. WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave its approval Monday for waste from a gold mine in Alaska to be drained into a mountain lake, dealing environmentalists their fifth defeat this court term and lobbing another controversial Bush administration policy into President Obama's lap.

Justices OK dumping mine waste into Alaskan lake - latimes

The 6-3 ruling upheld a decision by the George W. Where the 1% of the 1% money goes. In the 2012 election 28 percent of all disclosed political contributions came from just 31,385 people.

Where the 1% of the 1% money goes

In a nation of 313.85 million, these donors represent the 1% of the 1%, an elite class that increasingly serves as the gatekeepers of public office in the United States. This graphic is part of Sunlight's series on the Political '1% of the 1%' in 2012. Leaked: The Oil Lobby's Conspiracy to Kill off California's Climate Law. You remember Fillmore.

Leaked: The Oil Lobby's Conspiracy to Kill off California's Climate Law

He’s the resident hippie of Radiator Springs in the Pixar blockbuster Cars. Much to the chagrin of his neighbor, Sarge the Army Jeep, Fillmore greets each new day with Jimi Hendrix’s Woodstock rendition of A Star Spangled Banner—“respect the classics, man”—and is quick with a conspiracy theory about why biofuels never stood a chance at America’s gas pumps. 7 Illegal Things To Do In A British Election. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Marketing to Doctors (HBO)