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Minnesota Fights MCCL Attempt To “Gut” Campaign Finance Law

MN Solicitor General Alan Gilbert

Corporations may now have the right to spend money on political advertising, but do you have the right to know that they are spending it? A federal court is considering an appeal that the Minnesota Solicitor General says could “gut” the disclosure provisions in Minnesota’s campaign finance law. Continue Reading →

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Campaign Cash: Corporations Get More Power, Political Parties Get Less

Campaign Cash

War chests from right-wing billionaires and corporate titans are funding tremendous portions of political activity, from the so-called grassroots activism of the Tea Party to the streamlined lobbying assaults of the nation’s largest corporations. Continue Reading →

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Campaign Cash: How Citizens United Will Change Elections Forever

Campaign Cash

by Zach Carter, Media Consortium blogger

Undue corporate influence over U.S. elections has been a serious problem in American politics for decades, but this year’s Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission made things worse. Worst of all, we may never know the extent of the damage. Citizens United freed corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money backing specific political candidates, and without congressional action, those expenditures can be completely anonymous. Major corporations are already capitalizing on the new legal landscape by the millions, and the public doesn’t really know who is buying what influence or why. That’s why The Media Consortium will be carefully watching the effects of this ruling in the run up to this year’s midterm elections. Continue Reading →

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Today’s UpTake: Anti-Bullying Legislation, Strange Moments From Demer-Walz Debate

Randy Demmer (R) during debate with Congressman Tim Walz

Today on The UpTake we’ll bring you footage of Minnesota lawmakers introducing anti-bullying legislation before introducing the Minnesota Safe Schools for All Act during an upcoming special legislative session. Continue Reading →

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