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Political Corruption

Dark Money
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How Dark Money Impacts Our Democracy

Learn how dark money - the political funds spent by groups without disclosing the identities of their donors - undermines accountability and fairness in elections.

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Handshake
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Political Corruption 101: Examples of Clientelism

Clientelism refers to a political system where goods or services are exchanged for political support, shifting the focus away from fair representation and meritocracy.

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Houston TX
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What the Houston Water Crisis Says About Government Corruption

Houston's ongoing water crisis demonstrates both the level of corruption and the inefficiencies that continue to plague the residents of the Lone Star State.

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Political Corruption 101: Collusion in Politics

Collusion in politics refers to a secretive agreement or cooperation between parties for a deceitful or fraudulent purpose, thwarting the people's best interest.

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Political Corruption 101: Examples of Graft

From Tammany Hall to Rod Blagojevich, graft is a form of theft that enriches the individuals engaged in it and comes at the expense of the public good. 

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Caution
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10 Ways the Political Establishment Disenfranchises Voters

Voting disenfranchisement can be accomplished through creating laws that disproportionately affect people of color, the poor, and the elderly.

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Triangle
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How the Iron Triangle Contributes to Political Corruption

The concept of the iron triangle describes the policy-making relationship between Congress, government bureaucracy, and special interest groups. 

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Family Tree
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Political Corruption 101: Examples of Nepotism in Politics

Nepotism, the favoritism granted to relatives by those in power, is not a new phenomenon, nor is it exclusive to any one region or regime. 

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Money
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Political Corruption 101: Examples of Regulatory Capture

Regulatory capture occurs when regulatory agencies, created to act in the public interest, become dominated by the industries they’re charged with overseeing.

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Revolving Door
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The Hidden Danger of Revolving Door Politics

The term “revolving door” in politics refers to the practice of public officials and employees transitioning to positions in the private sector, and vice versa.

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Hidden Corruption
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7 Hidden Forms of Political Corruption

Political corruption lies hidden at every level of government. From dark money to regulatory capture, learn how to identify and combat these corrupt practices.

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pelosi
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5 Of The Biggest Grifters Within The Two-Party System

Politics shouldn't be a get-rich-quick scheme for elected leaders. Unfortunately, it is.

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Gerrymandering politicians
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What Exactly Is Gerrymandering? Why Is It So Bad?

Gerrymandering is among the sneakiest anti-democratic practices politicians in power use to entrench their own rule against the will of the voters. It's a gross, utterly corrupt practice -- and it's the status quo. Let's break it down.

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Congress Itself Is A Corporation's Best Investment

When it comes to major corporations padding their profit margins, their single best investment is spending money to influence your elected representatives.

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Corrupt Mayor
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Reporting Corruption in Local Government: A Guide to Promoting Transparency and Accountability

Reporting corruption in local government is essential for maintaining transparency and accountability. Learn about common types of corruption, such as conflicts of interest, embezzlement, fraud, and nepotism, and how to combat these practices.

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Supreme court
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Why Lifelong Term Limits Are Good For Corruption And Bad For Everything Else

Politicians are staying in officer longer and longer - allowing them to entrench themselves deeper in corrupt practices without fear. In particular, the lifelong terms of the Supreme Court are something we should consider changing for the health of our democracy.

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