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The People's Pledge Holds, For Now

Friday, August 31, 2012

In January, Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren agreed to “the People’s Pledge,” a voluntary enforcement scheme designed to banish Super PAC and special-interest advertising from their campaign. To the amazement of campaign-watchers everywhere, thus far, it has worked. Brooke talks to Boston University Mass Communications professor and Campaign Outsider blogger John Carroll about why and what, if anything, the success of the Pledge means for the rest of the country.

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Opinion: Why I'm Voting for Stephen Colbert for President...of South Carolina

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stephen Colbert is able to focus on some of the most ridiculous aspects of our political system, and use them against themselves. Enter Colbert's latest stunt stroke of genius. He announced that he was turning over control of his SuperPAC to fellow Comedy Central political satirist, Jon Stewart, so he would then be eligible to run for president... of South Carolina.

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Opinion: Colbert's Super PAC: Good for Government, and Good for Us

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The system isn't broken... it works exactly how those people want it to. It's a well-oiled, and insanely powerful; a corruption manufacturing machine.

-Solomon Kleinsmith, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

The Invisible Rivers of Campaign Money

Friday, October 01, 2010

We’re headed into midterm season and today we talk about money: specifically, the money flowing into campaigns this season, including who’s getting it, how they’re getting it and who it’s coming from. The difficulty is, our political system has many different mechanisms that get money to candidates.  

New Supreme Court rulings now let independent expenditure committees, or "SuperPACS" and other political action committees accept and spend unlimited amounts of money on campaign ads that either support or defame candidates. They can do this without having to disclose who their donations are coming from or how much money is donated.