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“…And Justice For All?”

April 2nd, 2012


The Supreme Court debate on health care was shocking to many Americans. The shock was that the arguments going on inside the court sounded so much like the arguments going on outside the court. It was nakedly political. The partisan takeover of American politics has now engulfed the Supreme Court.

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Super PACs are ruining Republicans

March 6th, 2012


This piece originally appeared in Politico.

Today is not Super Tuesday. It’s Super PAC Tuesday. Super PACs are the real contenders in the 2012 Republican race. And they’re destroying the Republican Party.

Conservatives are inclined to support the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the Citizens United case, which allows donors to give unlimited amounts of money to Super PACs. As a result, Super PACs are funding an intensely negative primary campaign. Why? It’s safer.

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Sky’s The Limit For 2010 Spending

March 19th, 2010


This piece was originally published in National Journal.

The wild card in the 2010 midterm campaign is spending — specifically, unrestricted spending by corporations, trade groups, and labor unions. In its January decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court overturned part of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law as well as one of its own precedents in order to allow private groups to spend freely on campaigns right up to Election Day.

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