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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The news conference of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke appears on a television screen at a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
December 27, 2013 | Blog

Two headline-grabbing numbers suggest we’re picking up the tab for a good chunk. Continue reading

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December 24, 2013 | Blog

Corporate profits have rebounded while more than four million Americans have been without work for six months or longer. Continue reading

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)
December 23, 2013 | Blog

What little power the government still has to regulate campaign finance donations is being eroded by funding cutbacks, intimidation and bureaucracy. Continue reading

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December 19, 2013

Big money has moved North Carolina far to the right politically but citizen protesters are fighting back against “extremist policies.” See why the conflict unfolding in North Carolina could be a testing ground for what’s to come in every state. Watch the full show.

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Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
December 18, 2013 | Blog

The wealthiest Americans probably pay more for tax planning than they do in estate taxes. Continue reading

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Updated December 18, 2013 | Blog

The Koch brothers “fund organizations that advance public policies that directly contradict Catholic teaching on a range of moral issues,” the group writes. Continue reading

Cartoon from the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University depicting plutocrats with piles of money.
December 13, 2013 | BillBoard

Bill reflects on the class struggles he observed in the small East Texas town he grew up in and the modern-day class war waged by the wealthy on our democracy. Continue reading

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, third from left, receives a briefing on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the F-22 Raptor by Air Force Major Gen. Jeff Lofgren, second from right, and several pilots as he visits Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 6, 2013.  DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett.  (Released)
December 12, 2013 | Blog

According to one study, defense contractors cost almost three times as much as government workers. Continue reading

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Chamber. (AP Photo/Kalim A. Bhatti)
December 11, 2013 | Blog

Commentary: American Legislative Exchange Council’s behind-the-scenes influence peddling should be getting more attention from the Washington press corp. Continue reading

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker speaks at New York University in New York. March 2009. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
December 10, 2013 | Blog

A roundup of reporting and analysis on the finally-finalized rule. Continue reading

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December 6, 2013 | Blog

DC “just loves its circular metaphors — spinning and news-cycles and the revolving doors.” Continue reading

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December 6, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Bill talks with New York Times journalist Mark Leibovich about This Town, his book on how money rules Washington, DC. Continue reading

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December 6, 2013 | Blog

Every news cycle seems to bring another revelation of the corrupting influence of dark money on American politics. Continue reading

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December 4, 2013 | Blog

The policies advocated by some of the Google’s grantees are in stark contrast with the progressive image that Google has worked to promote. Continue reading

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December 4, 2013 | Moyers & Company

On this week’s Moyers & Company Mark Leibovich joins Bill to reveal what he has learned about a city where money rules and status is determined by who you know and what they can do for you. Watch the full show. Continue reading

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