Category Archives: Money in Politics

Money in Judicial Elections

The NPR program On the Media, broadcast by KUT on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM and available as a podcast here, included two segments on October 26 of particular interest to CG4TX followers. The first segment, “Grabbing the Gavel” (available as … Continue reading

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Democracy For All Amendment

A Senate vote on the Democracy For All Amendment (S.J. Res. 19) will take place on September 8, 2014.  Below is the text of the amendment.  Please call or email Senator Cornyn (202) 224-2934 or email Senator Cruz (202) 224-5922 … Continue reading

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Lessig Founds MayDay PAC

[youtube width=”560″ height=”315″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCcqkyRJl7M[/youtube] “Mayday, mayday,mayday, our republic is sinking!” On the first day of May, Lawrence Lessig, one of the leaders of the crusade against the toxic influence of the few big funders in politics, launched a crowd-funded campaign to establish … Continue reading

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Doing the Math on McCutcheon

In studying the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FEC over the last few days, I found myself struggling to comprehend exactly what it means for our campaign finance system. The basics seemed straightforward at first: no more aggregate limits on … Continue reading

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Stevens: Get Money Out of Politics

In his new book, Justice John Paul Stevens calls for a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics. The book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, is to be released on April 22, 2014. Of … Continue reading

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Citizens United Critics Fight Money With Money”

That’s the title of a story by Peter Overby which was broadcast onThursday’s edition  of NPR Morning Edition. Critics of Citizens United, including newly enlisted philanthropists, are organizing a long campaign of their own to reduce the political influence of big … Continue reading

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Candidates Forum for Travis County Commissioners Court

On February 1, 2014 Common Ground for Texans hosted a forum for all candidates running in the March 4 primary for Travis County Commissioner Court.  Candidates for County Judge and Precinct 2 were all hoping to attend, but because of … Continue reading

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H.R. 20: the Government By the People Act

Introduced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Congressman John Sarbanes (D, MD) with over 100 original cosponsors, this bill is the latest in a series of plans to offset the political influence purchased by big-money campaign contributors and “independent” … Continue reading

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Money & Justice Forum Report & Policy Paper

On November 21, 2013 community activists joined together for a Money & Justice Forum: Is Texas Ripe for Judicial Reform? A 2013 Public Policy Evaluation in anticipation of the Legislative Interim Special Committee on Judicial Reform.  After hearing from several … Continue reading

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Money and Justice Forum: Follow-ups

Two of the speakers at the recent Money and Justice Forum—David Lyle and Bert Brandenburg— were interviewed by Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune. The interview focused on the forum’s ostensible subject, namely, the extent to which judges’ decisions are … Continue reading

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