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Citizens United

On The Media

In Defense of Corporate Persons

Friday, January 23, 2015

Five years after the Citizens United decision, corporate and constitutional law professor Kent Greenfield defends corporate personhood as both a necessity and a potential liberal boon.

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On The Media

Rocky Mountain Heist

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bob talks with an unlikely star in Rocky Mountain Heist, Citizens United's latest "documentary."

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On The Media

Behind The Curtain

Friday, October 31, 2014

The corrosive influence of money in politics post Citizens United, and the dark task of online content moderation.

The Brian Lehrer Show

25 Years in 25 Days (2011): Meet The 99%

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"We are the 99%." Those words were chanted in unison in 2011, when protesters told Wall Street they had enough. "25 Years in 25 Days" looks back at the movement and its lasting effect.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics

Monday, June 02, 2014

Politico reporter Kenneth Vogel on how millionaires and billionaires became "the new kings of politics." 

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The Takeaway

Are Campaign Contributions Speech?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Supreme Court’s campaign finance decision in McCutcheon v. FEC has reignited a debate about the role of money in politics. Some equate campaign donations with speech and others believe that campaign finance restrictions are the only way to prevent political corruption.

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Strikes Down Limits on Campaign Contributions

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The high court's decision frees the nation's wealthiest donors to contribute to as many candidates and party organizations as they want...and thereby have greater influence in federal elections.

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The Takeaway

Campaign Finance and the Roberts Court

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Today, the Supreme Court hears McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a case that challenges individuals' biennial spending limits on contributions to federal candidates. As Michael Kang, professor at Emory University Law School, explains, if the Court rules for McCutheon, the case would overturn a 1976 case in which the Court ruled that individual campaign spending limits did not violate the First Amendment.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Floyd Abrams: Free Speech First

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Floyd Abrams, First Amendment lawyer and the author of Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment looks back on his legal career dedicated to defending First Amendment rights, from the Pentagon Papers to Citizens United.

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New Jersey News

Ongoing Questions in Menendez Saga

Monday, February 11, 2013

WNYC

Questions continue to dog New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez about his relationship with his friend and campaign donor, Doctor Salomon Melgen.

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The Takeaway

Frontline's 'Big Sky, Big Money' Looks at Campaign Finance

Monday, October 29, 2012

To find out just how the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision has transformed political races in America, Frontline teamed up with Marketplace to look at the role of campaign finance in the race for one hotly contested Montana Senate seat. Kai Ryssdal, host of Marketplace, explains what he discovered while working on the documentary.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Revealing Dark Money and Big Data

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Bradley Smith, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Center for Competitive Politics, Adam Rappaport, Chief Counsel of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and ProPublica’s Kim Barker discuss how social welfare nonprofit groups, known as 501(c)(4)s are avoid regulation to finance the campaigns. They’ve already spent more than $71 million on television ads, more than all super PACs combined, according to estimates from Kantar Media's Campaign Media Analysis Group. Kim Barker has been reporting the series Revealing Dark Money and Big Data for ProPublica.

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On The Media

The Presidential Ad Season Begins in Earnest

Friday, August 17, 2012

In the past month there have been high profile ads supporting both major presidential candidates. Many have skewered for being untrue. The Annenberg School's Kathleen Hall Jamieson says that in the post Citizens United world you can expect to see more ads and more inaccuracy than ever before.

 

Blood Orange - Can We Go Inside Now

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: All Politicians Should Show us Their Finances

Thursday, August 02, 2012

It's no wonder Romney's likeability numbers are staying stubbornly low, and no wonder that Republicans have had so much success using Reid and Pelosi as punching bags.

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It's A Free Country ®

As Republicans Block DISCLOSE Act, Romney's Position Unclear

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

After Senate Republicans won a vote along party lines to kill the DISCLOSE Act, campaign finance reformers may have to wait until after the election to see any meaningful legislation come before Congress.

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It's A Free Country ®

What the Health Care Decision Means for the 2012 Elections

Thursday, June 28, 2012

This decision completely alters the narrative of Obama’s presidency. This legislative achievement was the policy priority where the president chose to invest his significant post-election political capital with a Democratic Congress. It wasn't Social Security. It wasn't the tax code. It wasn't immigration reform. It was health care.

And the Supreme Court has let him keep it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Decision Review

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Slate senior editor and legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick talks about Monday's SCOTUS decisions, focusing on those prohibiting life without parole for juvenile offenders and overturning campaign finance limits in Montana.

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It's A Free Country ®

Campaign Finance Watchdogs Regroup After Supreme Court's Montana Decision

Monday, June 25, 2012

In fewer than 200 words on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Montana's 100-year-old prohibition on corporate spending in elections, setting the stage for renewed efforts to overturn Citizens United that don't involve the nation's highest court.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Supreme Court is No Longer Part of the Solution

Monday, June 25, 2012

The last decade began with the Court ordering a state to stop counting votes and ended with the Court repealing a century of precedent governing political contributions. Imagine where the next decade could go.

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Opinion: How Liberals Must Take Back the Dream

Friday, June 22, 2012

Progressives like to envision we are pushing forward a positive agenda, but we are increasingly finding ourselves in the position of pushing back: against policy assaults from the right-wing, an uncompromising Tea Party-controlled GOP and a flood of corporate money swamping democracy.

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