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Hillary and Bernie: The Credibility Gap

Robert Borosage Campaign for America's Future
The Clinton campaign has aggressively sought campaign donations from the biggest financial interests and Clinton has personally taken millions of dollars in speaking fees from Wall Street and the health care industry. Meanwhile, Sanders has generated enough true popular excitement and small donations to be financially competitive at a presidential level.

Have We Hit Peak Inequality?

Chuck Collins Other Words
These 400 billionaires have greater wealth than 190 million of their fellow Americans put together.

Illinois’ Political Odd Couple: Rauner and Rahm

Curtis Black Chicago Reporter
On one issue—and it’s the most fundamental issue—Rauner and Emanuel stand arm-in-arm. Both oppose the kind of progressive revenue solutions that would target the millionaire class to which they belong and which they represent—the kind of solutions that offer the only realistic path out of the fiscal crisis in which the state and city are mired.

As Public Pensions Shift to Risky Wall Street, Local Politicians Rake in Political Cash

Amy Goodman / Davis Sirota Democracy Now!
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who once served as President Obama’s chief of staff, received more than $600,000 in campaign contributions from executives at investment firms that manage Chicago pension funds. The head of a New Jersey board that determines how the state invests its $80 billion pension fund was in direct contact with top political and campaign fundraising aides for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during his re-election bid.

The Entitlement of the Very Rich

Dean Baker Truthout
If the public has a clear understanding of the agenda of the Immelts of the world, and their political allies, it will be better positioned to protect the entitlements that workers depend on have paid for.

Supreme Court: Helping Biggest Donors, But What About Voters?

Wendy R. Weiser and Lawrence Norden Brennan Center for Justice
The way most of us “participate in electing our political leaders” is by voting. A tiny minority also “participates” by contributing more than $123,200 to federal political campaigns. In 2012, just 591 donors reached that limit on giving to federal candidates. For some perspective, that represents a little more than 0.000002 percent of the U.S. voting age population.

Why the Minimum Wage Vote Failed Today

by Heather McGhee Demos: Policyshop
Recent research draws on data from nearly two thousand policy initiatives to show that “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy… while mass-based interest groups and average citizens have little or no independent influence."

Koch-backed Political Coalition, Designed to Shield Donors, Raised $400 Million in 2012

By Matea Gold Washington Post
The resources and the breadth of the organization make it singular in American politics: an operation conducted outside the campaign finance system, employing an array of groups aimed at stopping what its financiers view as government overreach. Members of the coalition target different constituencies but together have mounted attacks on the new health-care law, federal spending and environmental regulations.

Another Citizens United—but Worse

Jeffrey Toobin The New Yorker
Citizens United was not an aberration for this Court. It emerged from a definite view about the intersection of campaigns and free speech.
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