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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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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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. 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: dc-london.com, 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

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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

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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

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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

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at a rally in front of the WWII Memorial Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
February 13, 2014 | Blog

Our weekly roundup of key money and politics reporting. This week: Shadowy nonprofits and how they are funded; the moderate GOP’s 2014 strategy; fake websites; and more. Continue reading

New Hampshire March, Lawrence Lessig, protesters
February 12, 2014 | Moyers & Company

This week we feature two Americans fighting against greed and corruption: David Simon, creator of The Wire and activist Lawrence Lessig, who has taken an unconventional approach to highlight the need for campaign finance reform. Watch the full show. Continue reading

Lawrence Lessig marching in New Hampshire. (John Light)
February 12, 2014 | Moyers & Company

A special report on a two-week trek through frozen New Hampshire, led by activist Lawrence Lessig, to put political corruption on ice. Watch the full show.
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Writer and environmental activist Bill McKibben prepares to speak to the Vermont legislature. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
February 10, 2014 | Blog

Watch clips from Bill’s interview with environmental activist Bill McKibben. Continue reading

Supporters of fast food workers protest outside of Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum as they rally to show support for the employees's of the McDonald's restaurant located inside on December 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. The protest is part of a 100-city nationwide fast food strike seeking a $15 livable wage for fast food workers. (Photo: Kristoffer Tripplaar/ Sipa USA)
February 10, 2014 | Blog

Research concluding that raising the minimum wage could be harmful is coming out of a non-profit, backed by a PR firm, which represents the restaurant industry. Continue reading

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