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Three Ways Citizens United Helped Undermine Science Policy Debates

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Five years ago next week the Supreme Court issued a decision that would soon have major impacts on our political system.  In Citizens United v. FEC, the court ruled that spending limits violated free speech, opening the floodgates to vastly increased political spending by corporate interests. Read more >

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A Family History and a Nation’s Future Part 2: What 1896 Teaches Us About Democracy, Science, and Fair Elections

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

A few years ago, my grandmother gave me a gift. It was a hand-me-down, but a unique one. She gave me an original absentee ballot from the 1896 presidential election. I was excited not only that the 100-year-old document was still intact but also that it was from the 1896 election in particular—an important election in the history of our republic, but not just because of who won the presidency. Read more >

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Secret Donors Muddy Climate Policy Debate

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

We don’t know what we don’t know.  For me, that’s the most shocking facet of our UCS report, A Climate of Corporate Control, released on May 30. Read more >

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