Stories by Thomas Ferguson

Thomas Ferguson is professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and contributing editor of AlterNet. His books include "Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Political Systems" and "Right Turn: The Decline of Democrats and the Future of American Politics." subscribe to Thomas Ferguson's feed

Posted on: May 16, 2014, Source: The Real News Network

Thomas Ferguson, leading expert on political money, explains why the Democrats have taken up inequality - and when the will drop it.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

When the 1 percent funds national campaigns, the reality of populism is in question.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Democratic leaders are full-fledged players in the national surveillance state, right along with Republicans.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2012, Source: AlterNet

One campaign funded largely by the super-rich lost to another funded by same, and money mattered big-time in House elections.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Since October 17, the big GOP Superpacs appear to be outspending Priorities USA on media by at least three to one.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2012, Source: AlterNet

California's municipal governments are systemically set up to be financial disasters. But there are ways out.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2012, Source: AlterNet

FEC confirms that key data has disappeared from its files. Time to fix this problem.

Posted on: Jul 17, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The FEC should admit the truth: Files on big money contributions went missing on its watch.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Top money and politics researchers discover that the FEC is quietly deleting information on fat-cat funders.

Posted on: Jun 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Many powerful interests have jumped at the opportunity to use the crisis to eviscerate what’s left of the welfare state.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The Republican party appears to be increasingly divided among class lines.

Posted on: Mar 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The political world is buzzing with speculation over the lunch, but here's what's really going on.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The father of the Investment Theory of Politics reveals what pundits miss in the GOP's failure to lead its own electorate and its evangelical problem.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Ferguson outlines bold measures to stop the tsunami of money that threatens our democracy, starting with a Constitutional Amendment.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2011, Source: The Washington Spectator

Uniquely among legislatures in the developed world, our Congressional parties now post prices for key slots on committees. You want it — you buy it.

Posted on: Apr 12, 2011, Source: New Deal 2.0

Thomas Ferguson explains how the polarization of our politics and the influx of corporate cash steer our politics to the right.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2011, Source: New Deal 2.0

Food and oil prices are rising as tension in Cairo is soaring — time to get on board with the people’s demands.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. may be smacking its lips over the financial benefits expected from a regime change, but the price could be enormous.