2015 Articles

The Citizen’s United v FEC decision by the Supreme Court opened the floodgates to campaign spending by deep-pocket anonymous donors. The following articles and reports portray the aftermath of this decision:

December 30, 2015: The Top Money-in-Politics Stories of 2015 Every Voice

December 19, 2015: ‘Dark money’ grows in politics even as states try to stop it Associated Press

December 17, 2015: Harry Reid Directly Solicited Contribution From Private Equity Giant Before Controversial Rider Huffington Post

December 17, 2015: Budget deal negotiated in secret has some great news for secret political spending Vox

November 29, 2015: A Wealthy Governor and His Friends Are Remaking Illinois NY Times

November 26, 2015: New Tax Documents Show How Secret Money Infects Campaigns on Both Sides Huffington Post

November 23, 2015: Perceptions of elected officials and the role of money in politics Pew Research Center

November 20, 2015: Liberal ‘dark money’ group rails against ‘dark money’ Center for Public Integrity

November 9, 2015: Bipartisan Shout-Out Against the Runaway Money Race Reclaim the American Dream

November 8, 2015: What I Learned on My Red State Book Tour Robert Reich

November 4, 2015: Maine, Seattle Pave Next Path For Campaign Finance Reform Huffington Post

November 4, 2015: The Beginning of the End of the Super PAC? U.S. News & World Report

November 2, 2015: Anthony Kennedy’s Citizens United Disclosure Salve ‘Not Working’ Huffington Post

November 2, 2015: The Democrats Have Now Changed the Rules, And Forced Larry Lessig Out Huffington Post

October 30, 2015: Our Campaign Finance Frankenstein U.S. News & World Report

October 20, 2015: Don’t Blame Citizens United The Atlantic

October 19, 2015: How to Finish What Stephen Colbert Started Politico

October 14, 2015: Voters are mad about mega-donors, and it’s helping Trump and Sanders Washington Post

October 10, 2015: The Families Funding the 2016 Presidential Election NY Times

September 29, 2015: Why GOP State Leaders Should Support A Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United Alan Simpson via the Daily Caller

September 28, 2015: Bloomberg Poll: Americans Want Supreme Court to Turn Off Political Spending Spigot Bloomberg Politics

September 12, 2015: Why Americans hate politics more than ever Mike McCabe via Cap Times

September 8, 2015: Hillary Clinton Releases Broad Campaign Finance Reform Plan Huffington Post

August 7, 2015: “They Pray to the Money”; House Republicans Decry Speaker John Boehner’s Lobbyist-Friendly Congress First Look

August 6, 2015: Donald Trump made one shockingly insightful comment during the first GOP debate Vox

August 1, 2015: 67 donors and gusher of cash change 2016 race Politico


July 29, 2015: Why Do Congressmen Spend Only Half Their Time Serving Us? Newsweek

July 27, 2015: Koch brothers summon Bush, Cruz, Walker, Rubio to SoCal confab Politico

July 21, 2015: Our goal: democracy Revolt Against Plutocracy

July 21, 2015: The Only Realistic Way to Fix Campaign Finance Lawrence Lessig via NYTimes

July 20, 2015: U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones: Campaign finance reform needed The News & Observer

July 15, 2015: Corporations now spend more lobbying Congress than taxpayers spend funding Congress Vox.com

July 8, 2015: A Federal Court Just Threatened Citizens United Talking Points Memo

July 4, 2015: Where’s the plan? New Hampshire Rebellion

June 11, 2015: Arkansas Approves Ballot Initiative to Let Voters Decide on Citizens United Free Speech For People

June 8, 2015: Tea Party Oddsmaker Has Best Campaign Finance Reform Idea Yet (Really) The Intercept

June 2, 2015: Poll Shows Americans Favor an Overhaul of Campaign Financing NY Times

June 2, 2015: When the Supreme Court is this wrong, it’s time to overrule them Reuters

May 26, 2015: The Tea Party Case Against Mega Donors The Daily Beast

May 17, 2015: Doug Hughes: I flew a gyrocopter onto the Capitol lawn to save our democracy The Cap Times

May 13, 2015: Is the United States of America a republic or a democracy? Washington Post

May 4, 2015: Citizens United: The view from the ivory tower has a blind spot The Hill

May 4, 2015: Corporate Media Blacks Out Coverage of Bill to Overturn Corporate Personhood Wall Street on Parade

May 3, 2015: Make the Rich Panic TruthDig.com

April 30, 2015: Chief Justice Roberts Accidentally Reveals Everything That’s Wrong With Citizens United In Four Sentences Think Progress

April 22, 2015: The Real GOP Primary Is Almost Over The Nation

April 19, 2015: Big money in politics emerges as a rising issue in 2016 campaign Washington Post

April 17, 2015: America’s new cycle of partisan hatred Washington Post

April 14, 2015: Clinton calls for constitutional amendment on campaign finance The Hill

April 7, 2015: Voters overwhelmingly approve Evansville referendum GazetteXtra

March 25, 2015: A campaign finance idea whose time has come Washington Post

March 23, 2015: It’s Not Too Late: Save Democracy By Amending the Constitution John Nichols via The Nation

March 23, 2015: Secret $1.5 million donation from Wisconsin billionaire uncovered in Scott Walker dark-money probe Tea Party Tribune

March 23, 2015: First Amendment, ‘Patron Saint’ of Protesters, Is Embraced by Corporations NY Times

March 20, 2015: Anti-Citizens United Activists Get Ready For 2016 Presidential Candidates In Iowa, New Hampshire Huffington Post

March 10, 2015: Elusive Justice in Wisconsin NY Times Opinion

March 10, 2015: Pope calls for election campaigns free of backers Gazzetta del Sud

March 8, 2015: Professor at Koch-funded university department calls for ‘less democracy’ Raw Story

March 6, 2015: Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? An Interview with Ralph Nader and Daniel McCarthy Yes! Magazine

March 5, 2015: Is the US Constitution obsolete? Is it time for a Constitutional Convention? Jack Durish

February 26, 2015: The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking Huffington Post

February 25, 2015: End Big Money’s Chokehold on Democracy. Amend the Constitution Moyers & Company

February 10, 2015: It’s Time for Conservatives to Fight Corruption National Review

February 10, 2015: President Obama: I’d love a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United VOX Media

February 3, 2015: U.S. House finally adopts rule to count Article V Convention applications Examiner.com

January 26, 2015: Koch Brothers’ Budget of $889 Million for 2016 Is on Par With Both Parties’ Spending NY Times

January 26, 2015: Zephyr Teachout: Legalized Bribery NY Times Opinion

January 25, 2015: The Invisible Presidential Campaign Kicks Off in Earnest Time

January 24, 2015: The Growing Shadow of Political Money The NY Times

January 20, 2015: SOTU Sneak Peek: Obama to Hit Citizens United The Daily Beast

January 20, 2015: James Hartwick: On fifth anniversary of Citizens United, it’s time amend the Constitution The Cap Times

January 20, 2015: John Nichols: Joni Ernst will provide a Koch brothers rebuttal to State of the Union The Cap Times

January 19, 2015: Williams-Yulee Is Not About Free Speech, It’s About Judicial Integrity The Huffington Post

January 13, 2015: New conservative group aims to build GOP support for reducing influence of big donors The Washington Post

January 5, 2015: The 100 Rich People Who Run America The Daily Beast

January 1, 2015: Standing on the Edge of Next American Revolution The Amendment Gazette