Category Campaigns: Financing & Voting

CITIZENS UNITED ACTION (Part 1)

Here’s issue #28 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 5/6/12. It describes an action step – local resolutions – being taken around the country to work toward overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. As you probably remember, in January 2010, the US Supreme Court, in a five-to-four decision on Citizens United v. Federal […]

MONEY IN OUR ELECTIONS (Part 5): HIGHLIGHTS, HOPE, AND CONCLUSIONS

Here’s issue #17 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 1/29/12. The campaign fundraising issue is a complex and critically important one. Here’s one final piece – for now – on this topic. First, a little more information on where all the money comes from: Wall Street’s big donors, those who give over $10,000, dominate […]

MONEY IN OUR ELECTIONS (Part 4): THE IMPACT OF CITIZENS UNITED

Here’s issue #16 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 1/25/12. Having taken a look at the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision generally, I’ll now describe a specific example of its impact. First, a mea culpa. I was wrong when I wrote in the last issue: “These PACs currently have no requirement to disclose their contributors […]

MONEY IN OUR ELECTIONS (Part 3): THE CITIZENS UNITED DECISION

Here’s issue #15 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 1/15/12. Having examined campaign fundraising amounts and sources in the previous two issues, now I’ll look at the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The previous two issues documented the large amounts of money spent on political campaigns and that a small number of very wealthy individuals give […]

MONEY IN OUR ELECTIONS (Part 2): WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

Here’s issue #14 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 1/8/12. The previous issue examined the total dollar amounts for federal election campaigns overall and on a per office basis. Now, I’ll start to take a look at where all the money comes from. The money contributed to federal election candidates comes from 5 sources: Large […]

MONEY IN OUR ELECTIONS (Part 1): HOW MUCH IS SPENT?

Here’s issue #13 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 1/1/12. Having taken a look at voting, I now turn to campaign fundraising. This is a complicated story and will require multiple issues of the newsletter. The amount of money spent on election campaigns in the United States is staggering. This is due to many […]

WHY THE RESTRICTIONS ON VOTING? (Part 2)

Here’s issue #12 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 12/18/11. This newsletter continues looking at the issue of voting, exploring who is affected by the changes in voting laws and why they are happening. The new hurdles to voting and registering to vote that have recently been put in place in various states (see […]

WHY THE RESTRICTIONS ON VOTING? (Part 1)

Here’s issue #11 of my Policy and Politics Newsletter, written 12/16/11. This newsletter addresses the issue of voting – an issue that has been simmering in the background but is coming to the forefront. The ability and right to vote is a foundational principle of our democracy. From the end of the Civil War, through […]