“Drain the Swamp: Conflicts of Interest, Lobbying, and Corruption Solutions to Restore Trust in Government that Works for Americans”

Release: Today, the Center for American Progress released a new report to address the threats to representative self-government inherent in special interest lobbying, revolving door politics, corruption of public service, and lax ethics and contracting oversight, as well as the major … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Today’s Oral Argument in Gov. McDonnell Case: It’s Not If the Governor Wins on Appeal, But How, That Matters

The Supreme Court has posted the transcript of today’s oral argument in the Gov. McDonnell case.  Bob Barnes (who is all over this story) says the Justices were “highly skeptical” of McDonnell’s conviction. I agree that a reversal seems likely. … Continue reading

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“Is Citizens United a Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card for Bob McDonnell? The U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide”

Brendan Fischer: It is a common refrain that cases like Citizens United allow for “legalized bribery.” But few argue that the U.S. Supreme Court has literally legalized pay–to-play politics; such descriptions are usually shorthand for the systemic ways that big money in elections has … Continue reading

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