It was the ultimate election evening, moment of truthfulness … Republican operator Karl Rove convinced that the numbers he was sort-of analyzing weren’t being adequately analyzed by the real Fox News analysts. In reality, they were right and Karl Rove isn’t the only Republican to appear uncomprehending at the results of the U.S. Presidential election. Different Republicans see the same things and perceive different reasons for what went wrong. The Internal debate has begun and we bring you some of it today.
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Full Show: Dark Money in Politics
June 15, 2012
"Let’s face it," the founder of a super PAC recently told Mother Jones magazine. "Politics in this country is coin-operated." True enough, as evidenced by the billions projected to be spent in this year’s elections — untold amounts of it unleashed by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision. Even with all that money being cashed in, the busy check-writers and the influence they purchase remain largely hidden, including those who helped Republican Governor Scott Walker dramatically out-fundraise his Democratic challenger to win last week’s recall election.
While much of the mainstream media looks the other way, some are working hard to identify the fingerprints super PACs and their benefactors leave on our victimized democracy.
On this week’s Moyers & Company, Bill talks with historian Thomas Frank, author of the bestseller What’s the Matter With Kansas?, about the power of concentrated money to subvert democracy. How does a society built on democratic ideals allow them to become so corrupted? Frank’s most recent book is Pity the Billionaire.
Bill also talks to Mother Jones editors Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein, who continue to throw light on what they call “dark money” — the conspiracy of cash that allows the rich to influence our most fundamental political freedoms. On the show, Bill calls out some of the biggest super PAC donors, revealing how easy it is for the wealthy one percent to sway an election.
Finally, as his grandson graduates from high school, Bill reflects on what we’re leaving the next generation of Americans: a country mired in debt and inequality, and controlled in large part by Wall Street insiders and Washington hucksters.
Colorado GOP Caucus: Colorado holds its GOP caucuses today. We’ll talk to University of Washington students and faculty covering the race from Colorado Springs. What Should Happen To Bellingham’s Waterfront? The old Georgia–Pacific site on Bellingham’s waterfront was abandoned years ago. Why
King County has received an $800,000 federal grant to train Washington workers for jobs in aerospace. Dow Constantine discussed the grant at the 40th Annual Economic Forecast Conference in Seattle last Thursday. What are King County’s plans for the money and what opportunities lay ahead for 2012?
Noam Chomsky, Professor, Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT
Larry Bensky, Former National Affairs Correspondent, Pacifica Radio; Host, "Sunday Salon" KPFA; Professor at Stanford, California State University East Bay and Berkeley City College - Moderator
World-renowned intellectual Chomsky has been pushing change in language, politics and culture for decades.
This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on October 6th, 2009.