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Five Reforms to Make Our Politics Matter

 "Why not make 2014 historic?" John Nichols asks in his recent article in The Nation, The Democratic Vistas of 2014: Five Reforms to Make Our Politics Matter.

We think that 2014 marks a tremendous opportunity to begin to restore some of our basic democratic principles that have decayed --- particularly over the last decade. 

Citizens United: States' responses show election reform is needed

FSFP's John Bonifaz and Ryan O' Donnell have written a new op-ed, Citizens United: States' responses show election reform is needed that has been featured in the San Jose Mecury News.

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In the aftermath of Citizens United v. FEC, the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that swept away longstanding precedent barring corporate money in our elections, states are still scrambling to adjust. But they are choosing very different paths.

How corporations are using the First Amendment to destroy government regulation

A recent and important article The Corporate Free Speech Racket from Washington Monthly dives into the misuse of the First Amendment and free exercise rights by corporations and how these entities are effectively using the claim of corporate personhood to subvert government regulation.

The Top 10 Reasons Why Citizens United Continues to Ruin Democracy

A quick glance at the top 10 ways the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United vs. FEC has continued to threaten our democracy in 2013.

States race to increase donation limits to counter influence of outside money

In response to the flood of outside money in politics, states from Alabama to Wyoming are boosting donation limits to rake in bigger contributions for their campaigns.

Nine states have approved higher campaign contribution limits. Most recently in Michigan, when on Thursday a new measure was approved that would double to $6,800 the amount of money a candidate for statewide office can accept from individuals.

Watch Our New Animated Video, "Twas The Night Before Citizens United"

Take a moment to watch and share our new animated video, Twas the Night Before Citizens United, with friends to spread some holiday cheer and a reminder that while we’re well on our way, we still have a lot of work to do to overturn Citizens United and reclaim our democracy. 

Click below to watch.

 

Spending on Maine elections has grown by millions of dollars since the Citizens United decision

A recent article in the Bangor Daily News highlights the skyrocketing campaign expenditures that have flooded the state's elections since the 2010 Citizens United ruling. The article uses new data from Maine Citizen's For Clean Elections report, The Shell Game - How Independent Expenditures Have Invaded Maine Since Citizens United.

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How Lobbying Keeps Fast-Food Workers' Wages Low

Today, in a 100-city strike wave nationwide, thousands of fast food workers are protesting for a livable wage of $15 dollars an hour and a right to form a union without retaliation.

How has the wage been kept this low?

New Poll Shows 97% Want To End Corruption in Politics

According to new poll results from Represent.Us, 90% of respondents said they’d support a law that imposes tough new campaign finance laws. When “campaign finance” was changed to “corruption,” that figure rose to 97%, with 72% saying they would strongly support such laws.

Their poll results show that the issue is bi-partisan, with 82% of Democrats and 83% of Republicans saying reducing corruption is important.