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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Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) walks with the New Hampshire Rebellion, organized by Lawrence Lessig (Photo: John Light)
January 27, 2014 | Blog

A small group of concerned citizens trekked across New Hampshire in an effort to make government corruption the defining issue in the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading

George Tsunis faces questioning by Sen John McCain (R-AZ).
January 24, 2014 | Blog

Perhaps giving overseas posts to big spenders isn’t the optimal way to get the best and the brightest. Continue reading

Members of the Supreme Court gather for a group portrait at the Supreme Court in Washington before the start of the 2010 session. October 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
January 22, 2014 | Blog
Our weekly roundup of key money and politics reporting.
Michael Bishop displays one of the flags he flies upside down on his property in Douglass, Texas, because it's "in distress," he says. Photo: Tara Lohan.
January 22, 2014 | Activism

The Southern leg of the controversial pipeline opened for business today, but landowners like Michael Bishop and others in its 485-mile path through Oklahoma and Texas aren’t happy about it. Continue reading

Doris "Granny D" Haddock poses Tuesday June 15, 2004 in Dublin, NH in front of the camper she used during her cross country walk to support campaign finance reform. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
January 22, 2014

What will it take for politicians to acknowledge the corrupting effect money has on our political system? In the tradition of activist Granny D, who marched across the country in 1999, Rootstrikers founder Lawrence Lessig and others who want to save democracy by getting money out of politics are marching across the Granite State this month to bring attention to the issue. Continue reading

Wall Street
January 21, 2014 | Blog

Years after the financial crisis, there’s still plenty of risk in our financial system and regulatory agencies keeping an eye on Wall Street are still being woefully underfunded. Continue reading

Demonstrators protest against the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks in Zuccotti Park in New York on Sept. 17, 2013, two years after the Occupy Wall Street protests started there. (Kyodo via AP Images)
January 17, 2014 | Blog

Members of a corporate advisory committee have given big bucks to Congress over the past ten years. Continue reading

Members of the Nitro Volunteer Fire Department distribute water to local residents following the chemical spill on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 in Charleston, W.V. (AP Photo Michael Switzer)
January 16, 2014 | Blog

“The chemical and coal industries have a stranglehold on most institutions in the state.” Continue reading

Obama Meets Trans-Pacific Partnership Leaders
January 16, 2014 | Blog

Documents indicate the US is caving on environmental standards it had previously set for international trade agreements. Continue reading

Olympic athletes queue up at the McDonalds inside the dining hall at the Olympic Village in London. July 2013. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
January 16, 2014 | Blog

We spend a fortune in welfare for those comfortably at the top. Continue reading

Georgia First Moral Monday
January 15, 2014 | Activism

This week, citizens in Georgia and South Carolina protested against their states’ failure to expand Medicaid. Continue reading

Wires hanging from the sky
January 15, 2014 | Blog

A DC circuit court has killed net neutrality. If the outcry is large enough, the FCC may take a stand. Continue reading

The Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: iStock
January 15, 2014 | Blog

This infographic from the Communications Workers of America makes plain why we should all be paying attention to McCutcheon v. FEC, a Supreme Court case that many are calling Citizens United 2.0. Continue reading

Granny D in Ohio in 1999. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
January 14, 2014 | Blog

Our weekly roundup of key money and politics reporting. Continue reading

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