America for sale

(This post was published on WGBH News, click here, and in the Fall River Herald News, click here.) When the Supreme Court issued its 5-4 McCutcheon vs. FEC decision last week, it demonstrated once again just how out of touch with political reality it is. The court found that big money in politics and the influence and access to elected officials […]

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LETTER: Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard

(This post was published as a letter to the editor in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, click here.) We couldn’t agree more with the editors that “In American politics, as in most things American, money matters. Sometimes, it matters a great deal. But ideas — and the Constitution — still matter more” (Political reality, Worcester […]

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McCutcheon sells out our democracy

(This post was published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Patriot Ledger, Lowell Sun, Bay State Banner, MetroWest Daily News and Brockton Enterprise.) The Roberts Court, in its 5-4 McCutcheon v. FEC decision last week, continued its drive to give Americans a government of, by and for big money. While doing so, it demonstrated once again just how […]

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LETTER: McCutcheon is a win for corrupt policymaking, not First Amendment

(A shortened version of this post was published as a letter to the editor in the Boston Herald, click here.) The McCutcheon ruling is a win for corrupt policymaking, not for the First Amendment (Win for 1st Amendment, Boston Herald April 4). And it’s a win for large political campaign contributors, who already command considerable […]

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Activists Stand Up Across the Country – Our Democracy is Not For Sale

The Supreme Court was doing its best on Wednesday morning to sell off American democracy and transform it to government of, by, and (especially) for the rich. And before dusk, thousands of people across the country were standing up with a simple reply: Just a minute – our democracy is not for sale.  In front […]

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