Category Archives: Money in Politics

Webinar on Money in Politics, Voting Rights, and the Environment

A webinar, “Lean to the Green,” produced by Friends of the Earth, addresses the twin problems of money in politics and voter suppression. The webinar is designed to recruit participants in the Democracy Awakening event scheduled to take place April 16–18 (Common … Continue reading

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Ask Senate State Affairs Committee to Consider Judicial Selection Methods

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee has an interim charge to  “examine the effect of eliminating straight-party voting for candidates for judicial office and make recommendations to ensure candidates are given individual consideration by voters.”  It is unusual for an … Continue reading

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NRA: 100; public opinion: 0

On January 8, KUT broadcast an episode of On the Media called “Common Sense,” presenting a stunning example of a special interest’s success in influencing legislators and public policy to achieve results antithetical to public opinion. The special interest in … Continue reading

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Gilens and Page Come to YouTube

This great video, by Represent.us, dramatizes the study by Professors Martin Gilens (Princeton University) and Benjamin I. Page (Northwestern University) which shows that public opinion has “near-zero” impact on U.S. law. Can you guess what ha$ non-zero impact on U.S. law?

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Rubio’s Benefactor Bemoans State of Campaign Donations

From NYTimes First Draft on Politics May 11, 2015 Norman Braman, the billionaire Miami auto dealer who is prepared to pour $10 million into Senator Marco Rubio’s “super PAC,” has an unexpected view of campaign donations. He hates them. “It’s … Continue reading

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New Milestones in Corporate Personhood

For at least two centuries, corporations have been recognized as artificial persons with the right to enter into contracts, sue, and be sued. But since the 1970s, the Supreme Court has issued repeated rulings that extend this notion, recognizing the … Continue reading

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An Unexpected and Welcome Ally Against Citizens United

U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham, South Carolina Republican, was asked on WMUR’s “Conversations with the Candidate” on April 10, 2015, “What specifically would you do to remove the influence of big money on politics?”   Sen. Graham, whom no one would call … Continue reading

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Film event: Pay 2 Play

Public Citizen Texas, Move To Amend, Texans for Public Justice, Texas Public Research Group, Common Cause Texas, Common Ground for Texans, Wolf-PAC, The League of Women Voters Austin Area Present “Pay 2 Play” Public Interest Pictures & Shoot First Inc. … Continue reading

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Money in Politics: Empirical evidence for what we all know

I just finished reading two papers that show without any doubt that money in politics is an excellent investment. Economic elites, and organized groups representing business interests, have substantial impacts on U.S. government policy, while mass-based interest groups and average citizens … Continue reading

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Can political corruption be beaten by satire?

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