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What’s the matter with Miami-Dade?

NOTE: This page has been updated for further developments. Strange things are afoot in Miami-Dade County. Florida’s most populous county is the subject of a heated debate over money in politics. Earlier this month, Accountable Miami-Dade collected 127,000 petition signatures to add an initiative to this November’s ballot. The initiative would ban gifts to candidates by lobbyists or government contractors, lower

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Reform in the states: A round-up

This is part of a series examining ethics, transparency and campaign finance proposals in the states.  As presidential candidates criss-cross the country campaigning for the Oval Office, it is important to remember that states — those laboratories of democracy — are not waiting for Congress and the president to tackle their own ethics and political issues. Here’s a brief round-up of what

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House Republicans Take On Sen. McConnell Over Campaign Finance Deregulation

The House Freedom Caucus, a group of  40 Republican members in the U.S. House of Representatives are defying Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) plan to deregulate key campaign finance limits. And they’re not mincing words. “This rider would rig the game for the national parties and diminish the influence of ordinary Americans in the political process,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), said.

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Breaking: Bill allowing massive donations to national political parties has resulted in massive donations to national political party

Here’s another story to file under, “both parties are part of the problem:” see lobbyists comma Democratic national convention. The Hill reported today that top officials at the Democratic National Committee met with some of the country’s top lobbyists to entice them to help fund the party’s 2016 convention. In exchange for providing top dollars, lobbyists representing companies like H&R Block and General Motors will receive

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