Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. Democracy in the Twenty-First Century (Project Syndicate) Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz says that wealth inequality, thrown into the spotlight by Thomas Piketty, is the result of government-supported distortion of the market. A Competition to Make the City More

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Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. An In-Depth Look at Campaign Finance Reform (MSNBC) In this extended online segment, Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren speaks with Zephyr Teachout about using multiple matching funds as a tool to increase the power of small donors. Playing the ‘Who’s

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Click here to subscribe to Roosevelt First, our weekday morning email featuring the Daily Digest. IRS Failing to Regulate Dark-Money Political Spending (Real News Network) Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Thomas Ferguson explains how reduced funding for the IRS is preventing the agency from properly determining what groups need to report political spending. 3 Reasons Subsidized

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Large donors dominate our politics even at the local level, but communities have the power to overcome them. Last summer, I interned for mayoral candidate Gary Holder-Winfield in New Haven, CT. New Haven is not a small town. While it’s 130,660 residents pale in comparison to New York’s 8,405,837, it is a major city in

If the goal is to achieve real progressive change that improves lives, then New York Governor Cuomo’s deal with the Working Families Party is on the right track. It would be a mistake to think that the New York Working Families Party’s endorsement of a Wall Street, austerity Democrat – Andrew Cuomo – is a

Click here to receive the Daily Digest via email. It’s Now the Canadian Dream (NYT) Nicholas Kristof quotes Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow and Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz on how inequality of opportunity has diminished the American Dream. Roosevelt Take: Stiglitz spoke to the Senate Budget Committee about growing inequality of income and opportunity in the U.S.,

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Click here to receive the Daily Digest via email. The Breakdown of Democracy (Real News Network) Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Rob Johnson says that to fix our democratic system, corporations need to be taken out of the game. Substantial reforms will be needed to limit their power in elections. Recovery Has Created Far More Low-Wage

Click here to receive the Daily Digest via email. Raising Taxes on Corporations that Pay Their CEOs Royally and Treat Their Workers Like Serfs (Robert Reich) Robert Reich explains a proposed bill in California that would incentivize lower executive pay by tying corporate tax rates to the ratio of CEO pay to typical workers’ pay.

Click here to receive the Daily Digest via email. Government by the Few (All In with Chris Hayes) Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren notes that we now have social science data that proves Occupy was right: our democracy is dominated by the wealthiest Americans. Happy Tax Day (The New Yorker) Benjamin Soskis examines America’s esteem

Yesterday’s decision on McCutcheon v. FEC will radically change the power of individual donors, the amount of money in politics, and how we look at campaign finance reform. While he made a few conciliatory gestures to the left-leaning justices in the first page of his decision, the core of Chief Justice John Roberts’s decision on