Jie Chen

How Big Money Keeps Populism at Bay

Did the ball that dropped in Times Square at midnight on January 1 really signal a new political era?

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Who Buys the Spies? The Hidden Corporate Cash Behind America’s Out-of-Control National Surveillance State

Editor's note: This is the first in a new series from AlterNet's New Economic Dialogue Project, edited by Lynn Parramore. 

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Revealed: Why the Pundits Are Wrong About Big Money and the 2012 Elections

Analysts of American elections routinely confuse the voice of the people with the sound of money talking. Habitual modes of thought and long standing incentives to reaffirm the democratic faith encourage grasping at straws. Pundits become hopeful that big money doesn’t matter as much as they feared, and that democracy is alive and well.

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Massive Surge of Republican Money in Last Ditch Effort to Sink Obama

By eerie coincidence, the final seven days of the 2012 race to the White House began on Halloween. Even beyond the Frankenstorm, there’s something chilling that haunts these final days: the Ghost of the 2000 Election.

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Response to the FEC on Missing Big Ticket Money Data

Editor's Note: The following is in response to an FEC statement released on July 17 by its press office reacting to a July 16 AlterNet article written by the authors. That article revealed that the authors had discovered key missing files in data downloads from the agency. The authors also posted a further explanation of their research and findings on July 17.

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