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The McCutcheon Decision – What Does It Mean?

The Washington Post created a very helpful infographic on what the McCutcheon v. FEC decision actually does: Candidates Before, a single donor could contribute up to $5,200 to every House and Senate candidate up to a limit of $48,600. Now, if a single donor gives $5,200 to every House and Senate candidates of one party in a […]

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Letters to the editor: Corporations cannot exercise religion

As the Supreme Court hears arguments in Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius (aka Hobby Lobby) a few Bay Staters spoke out in the Boston Globe with letters to the editor against the absurd notion that corporations have a constitutional right to free exercise of religion (see below). In the case, several for-profit corporations are claiming they have a […]

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Not all election reforms promote equality

An op-ed in the Boston Globe by Elizabeth Rigby, assistant professor of public policy and public administration at George Washington University, makes a strong case for Election Day registration. Yet our findings also show that Election Day registration can greatly reduce inequalities in voter participation. Replacing two separate steps with one trip to the voting place […]

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Dollarocracy

Let me introduce you to John Nichols, acclaimed journalist and author of Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America. John is teaming up with Common Cause Massachusetts in Cambridge on March 10 at 5:30 pm to discuss the problems plaguing our democracy and to help us raise money to fix them. It’s sure to […]

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Is 15% rule at party conventions good or bad for democracy?

(Updated 3/2/14 with letters to the editor in the Boston Globe Sunday edition.) Every two years in Massachusetts, the state’s politicos and journalists enter a familiar debate: Is the 15% rule at party conventions for securing a position on the party’s primary ballot democratic or anti-democratic? Any statewide candidate who wants to be listed on […]

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