McCutcheon v. FEC

In case you missed the news this summer, [or aren’t subscribed to Public Campaign’s Daily Clips — which you can fix now, here] the Supreme Court set a date to hear McCutcheon v. FEC, a case that challenges aggregate campaign contribution limits. On October 8, 2013, the folks who opened the floodgates for outside spending […]

This Is Not Okay

When Aaron Swartz took his life earlier this year, enough people spoke up about the tragedy that I felt I not only had no right to, but I didn’t have to. My boss, Aaron’s friend, was amongst the most vocal. I barely knew Aaron, or the law, so what could I possibly add? And then […]

FratPAC: You Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up

“What’s it going to take?” asked Lianne Kowiak, the mother of a 19-year-old North Carolina college student who was fatally beaten as part of a fraternity hazing ritual in 2008. She was referring to Congress’ inaction when it comes to passing anti-hazing legislation. In 2012, Kowiak stood next to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.) at a […]

To Strike Is Not Enough

I work for an organization that sees the corrupting influence of money in politics as the root problem of innumerable others—clean air, access to healthcare, deregulation, subsidies, taxes, etc. The idea is simple: if Congress is broken, how can we expect it to pass meaningful legislation? Congress must move its dependency from the funders to […]