Virginia Ethics Reform Effort Runs Headlong into Richmond’s Culture of Entitlement

Virginia’s culture of entitlement continues to be a stumbling block to reasonable, long-overdue ethics reforms.  The Washington Post quotes State Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. as feeling “insulted” by proposed reforms to limit gifts to $100 and to close the loophole that allows state legislators to accept recreational trips of unlimited value.

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The FEC Hears From Someone Besides the 1%

The 32,000 public comments the Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently received in response to its request for comments on key money-in-politics issues could represent a healthy development for the beleaguered agency.

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Here’s what I learned when I helped Stephen Colbert set up his Super PAC

It’s been five years since the Supreme Court handed down its Citizens United decision. The ruling gave rise to a complicated mess of super PACs, dark money, and “coordinated non-coordinated expenditures” — a world that likely surprised even the Supreme Court.

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Are U.S. rivals hacking the American electoral system? Why it’s impossible to know.

 

The Chinese government hacked into U.S. defense systems. What makes Americans think that the Chinese — or the Russians, the Iranians or other foreign interests — are not also hacking into U.S. elections?

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When it comes to money in politics, the Supreme Court lives in a different reality

The national elections since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission — two midterms and one presidential — demonstrate a gaping disconnect between the justices’ reasoning in the opinion and the reality of how campaigns operate.

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