A federal jury has found Ray Nagin, the former New Orleans mayor, guilty of bribery and fraud, in the latest example of corruption in politics and the power of the almighty dollar.
This week on Moyers & Company, we feature two Americans fighting the good fight against greed and corruption. First, David Simon, former crime reporter and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, returns to talk with Bill about his belief that getting money out of politics is a major priority.
“If I could concentrate and focus on one thing and hope that by breaking the cycle you might start to walk the nightmare back, it would be campaign finance reform …We basically say, ‘You don’t count more because you’re a corporation and you can heave money in favor of your political philosophy onto the process,’” Simon says.
Also, a special report on a two-week, 185-mile trek through the winter cold in New Hampshire, led last month by constitutional scholar and activist Lawrence Lessig, to raise awareness of the crippling problem of corruption in American politics.