Money & Politics

Money & Politics

Do democracy and plutocracy mix? Bill Moyers has spent years digging into the corrosive effects of money and corporate influence on American politics, a well-traveled intersection that has become all the more significant in the aftermath of the 2010 Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. How far back does the influence go and how much does it corrupt our democracy today? Explore these current issues with help from leading thinkers, investigative journalists, and scholars. For even deeper understanding, check out Bill’s list of must-read books on money and politics.

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Nearly 100 confiscated illegal firearms rests on a table before a press conference with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and New York City District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
March 4, 2014 | Connecting the Dots

Having won the debate about Americans’ right to bear arms, the lobby now pushes for a society with more guns. Continue reading

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, left, arrives with his family Chiara de Blasio, second from left, Dante de Blasio, center, right, Chirlane McCray to take the oath of office in on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 4, 2014 | Blog

With new strategies, the Working Families Party is shaking up the two-party system. Continue reading

Bill Moyers and Ian Haney Lopez talking about dog whistle politics
February 28, 2014

Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López tells Bill that dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests. Don’t miss: Part II of their conversation » Continue reading

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February 27, 2014 | Blog

Our weekly roundup of key money and politics reporting. This week: behind the scenes of a $45.2 billion telecom merger, wealthy brothers aiming big in politics and more Continue reading

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February 27, 2014 | Blog

The author and legal scholar says the infamous statement played into existing racial biases. Continue reading

Ronald Reagan speaking at a Boston insurance meeting in 1976 said he wanted to revamp the party, possibly changing its name, and lead an aggressive drive to strengthen the two-party system. (AP Photo/J Walter Green)
February 27, 2014 | Blog

In this video clip, Ian Haney López recalls how “the great communicator” used racial tensions to sway middle-class white Americans to vote for policies not in their self-interest. Continue reading

Kay Hohler, of West Des Moines, Iowa, sings the national anthem before the start of a Tea Party rally on the steps of the Iowa Statehouse, Thursday, April 15, 2010, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
February 27, 2014 | Activism

Even as most Americans have figured out that they do not like the tea party, its clout has grown in Washington and state capitals. Continue reading

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February 26, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López talks to Bill about how politicians use race to influence your vote. Watch the full show now » Continue reading

Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Boehner, SOTU 2014
February 25, 2014 | Blog

President Obama has ordered his officials to step on the gas and clear as much of his regulatory agenda as possible. Continue reading

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February 25, 2014 | Moyers & Company

Have America’s liberals hoisted the white flag of surrender? A provocative conversation with political observer Adolph Reed Jr. Share your thoughts in the comments. Continue reading

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February 24, 2014 | Blog

Watch clips from Bill’s interview with a former GOP congressional analyst on the Deep State. Continue reading

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February 21, 2014 | Blog

We asked a number of people, including several previous Moyers & Company guests, to share their reactions to Mike Lofgren’s essay analyzing the Deep State.
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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

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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

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