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Lawmakers react to McCutcheon ruling

Capitol Hill is reacting, loudly, to today’s Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC. Here’s a sampling Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI: Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT: Sen. Chris Coons, D-DE: Sen. Angus King, I-ME: Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT: Sen. John McCain, R-AZ: Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY: Sen. Bernie Sanders, […]

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A turning point — if we make it one

There’s no getting around it; today is a bad day for our democracy. In McCutcheon v. FEC, the Supreme Court this morning struck a blow on behalf of the powerful and against the hundreds of millions of Americans whose voices now can be further drowned out by the wealthiest one percent. The decision is a […]

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Cuomo, lawmakers pull not-funny prank on NY voters

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York’s legislative leaders apparently have decided that April Fools is the perfect day for a not-at-all-funny prank on Empire State voters. After months extolling the virtues of a “Fair Elections” public financing plan for New York’s scandal-plagued elections, and even including money for it in his annual budget proposal, Cuomo […]

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New York Legislature backs National Popular Vote

New York’s Legislature has approved  the National Popular Vote (NPV) interstate compact, joining nine other states and Washington, D.C. in moving to ensure that the presidential candidate receiving the most votes on Election Day will be sworn in on Inauguration Day. If signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, which seems likely, the compact legislation approved 57-4 […]

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Hobby Lobby and the legacy of Citizens United

Assume that a corporate board objects to a public policy – the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) for example — and wants to use corporate treasury funds to oppose it. The company could hire lobbyists to lobby members of Congress to vote it down (as the health insurance industry did when it funneled over $100 million […]

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