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The Internal Revenue Service building at the Federal Triangle complex in Washington, Saturday, March 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

While deep-pocketed dark money groups on the right should be happy with the proposed rules, that isn’t the case. Continue reading

Demonstrators march through Washington towards the National Mall to rally and demand that the U.S. Congress investigate the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

The scholar notes that “if absolute power corrupts absolutely, invisible power corrupts invisibly,” but says that the Deep State apparatus is vulnerable to a vigilant public. Continue reading

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

POGO’s executive director writes that “a lot of this corruption (the revolving doors, lobbying activities and campaign contributions, for instance) is legal. Mull that over: We’ve passed laws allowing the “Deep State” to not only exist, but also to flourish.” Continue reading

Mike Lofgren
February 21, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren talks to Bill about America’s “Deep State,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests. Also, an exclusive essay on the Deep State, by Lofgren. Continue reading

The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington, Monday, June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 21, 2014 | Blog

In a must-read essay, former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren analyzes America’s “Deep State,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests. Continue reading

American Petroleum Institute still from Fiore cartoon
February 20, 2014 | Blog

Cartoonist Mark Fiore takes a look at the organization that has been lobbying their heart out to get Keystone XL approved.
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Mike LofgrenCROPPED
February 20, 2014

This week, former GOP Congressional Analyst Mike Lofgren joins Bill to talk about what he calls our “deep state,” in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests. Watch the full show now » Continue reading

Businessman Tom Steyer listens during a meeting to announce the launch of a group called Virginians for Clean Government at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013. The group was formed to explain the impact of CONSOL Energy not paying royalties to their family and neighbors as well as speaking out against Ken Cuccinelli's acceptance of $111,000 in CONSOL contributions. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 19, 2014 | Blog

It’s the wealthy who hold the power to set the agenda. Continue reading

Political operative Sean Noble (Photo:, via ProPublica)
February 18, 2014 | Blog

The story of one Koch operative illuminates larger truths about how money changes both politics and the people who handle it. Continue reading

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: iStock
February 18, 2014 | Blog

Civil rights for corporate “persons” often conflict with the public interest. Continue reading

February 14, 2014 | Blog

The activist and scholar says our broken system has a major impact on politicians’ priorities. Guess who the losers are? Continue reading

Dale Robbins
February 14, 2014 | Moyers & Company

This week we feature two Americans fighting against corruption: David Simon, creator of The Wire and activist Lawrence Lessig, who has taken an unconventional approach to highlight the need to get money out of politics. Continue reading

February 14, 2014 | Moyers & Company

In part two of his interview, David Simon, creator of the TV series The Wire, talks to Bill about the triumph of capital over democracy. Watch part one of David Simon’s interview. Continue reading

Lawrence Lessig marching in New Hampshire. (John Light)
February 14, 2014

In the footsteps of Doris “Granny D” Haddock, activist Lawrence Lessig leads a two-week,185-mile trek through the winter cold in New Hampshire to raise awareness of corruption in American politics. Continue reading

A man counts one hundred dollar bills. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
February 14, 2014 | Blog

Regardless of what you care about — environment, minimum wage, tax reform — nothing will change until big money is removed from politics. Continue reading

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