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Dollarocracy: Corporate Cash in Politics

Saturday, 18 January 2014 11:36 By George Lavender, Making Contact | Op-Ed

Media

Money in politics(Image: Money in politics via Shutterstock)The cost of American democracy is the most expensive in the world.

In the 2012 elections billions of dollars were spent on political campaigns.

But there’s a growing consensus that big business and wealthy individuals are buying power.

Authors John Nichols and Robert McChesney have a name for the state we’re in: Dollarocracy.

Thanks to Pirate TV for use of their recording.

Featuring:

  • John Nichols, Washington, DC correspondent, Nation magazine
  • Robert W. McChesney  Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

George Lavender

George Lavender is a producer for the National Radio Project. He joined the National Radio Project in 2012.  He has worked as a radio reporter for several outlets, including Pacifica and Radio France International.  In addition to Making Contact, George reports and edits for Free Speech Radio News.  He is also a member of FSRN’s steering committee.  His written work has appeared in The Guardian as well as local newspapers in the UK.  He has been involved in several media production groups in London and Vancouver.  He is keen to provide radio production trainings to community groups and grassroots organizations.  Follow him on Twitter @georgelavender, or email him at glavender@radioproject.org.


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Dollarocracy: Corporate Cash in Politics

Saturday, 18 January 2014 11:36 By George Lavender, Making Contact | Op-Ed

Media

Money in politics(Image: Money in politics via Shutterstock)The cost of American democracy is the most expensive in the world.

In the 2012 elections billions of dollars were spent on political campaigns.

But there’s a growing consensus that big business and wealthy individuals are buying power.

Authors John Nichols and Robert McChesney have a name for the state we’re in: Dollarocracy.

Thanks to Pirate TV for use of their recording.

Featuring:

  • John Nichols, Washington, DC correspondent, Nation magazine
  • Robert W. McChesney  Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

George Lavender

George Lavender is a producer for the National Radio Project. He joined the National Radio Project in 2012.  He has worked as a radio reporter for several outlets, including Pacifica and Radio France International.  In addition to Making Contact, George reports and edits for Free Speech Radio News.  He is also a member of FSRN’s steering committee.  His written work has appeared in The Guardian as well as local newspapers in the UK.  He has been involved in several media production groups in London and Vancouver.  He is keen to provide radio production trainings to community groups and grassroots organizations.  Follow him on Twitter @georgelavender, or email him at glavender@radioproject.org.


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