Preview: Elections for Sale

September 19, 2012

Get an early look at this week’s Moyers & Company, in which Bill Moyers and Trevor Potter discuss how American elections are bought and sold, who covers the cost, and how the rest of us pay the price. A former chairman of the Federal Election Commission and founding president of the Campaign Legal Center, Potter was Stephen Colbert’s chief advisor when Colbert formed his own super PAC and 501 (c)(4) in a clever effort to expose the potential for chicanery behind each.

“I can assure you that if someone is spending millions of dollars to elect the candidate, the candidate knows where that money is coming from. There’s nothing illegal about telling them, but the voters aren’t going to know that,” Potter tells Bill on the program. “We’re creating opportunities for corruption and candidates being beholden to specific private interests because of funding, yet there’s no disclosure to the rest of us.”

Also on the show, a Bill Moyers essay on how the Citizens United decision has candidates campaigning for cash more than votes, the money pouring into TV ads and high paid political consultants.

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  • Anonymous

    I feel as if I am at the bottom of a deep, deep dark pit. How did we get to this depth. There must have been a beginning and there must be an end.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=635207085 El Russo

    The beginning:
    FNC launched on October 7, 1996.

    It will not end until the American public finally recognizes it as the pure propaganda arm of the extreme right, which is what it is.