How Corporations Buy Politicians
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Guest: Bruce Freed, Co-Director of the Center for Political Accountability.
[Ed: The day after this broadcast, the Washington Post reported on its front page the large corporate donations to the President’s Inauguration campaign.
As the Presidential Inauguration approaches, corporations are shelling out more than $40 million dollars to buy access to the President. They shell out millions more to fete the Republican Congress. What are they getting for their money? Today, we explore the details of this legal and illegal bribery, corruption, and quid pro quo that is endemic to our One-Party State and rarely reported on by a quiescent corporate press. Mark finds the legal corruption more scandalous than the illegal corruption.
(Meanwhile, the President is making District of Columbia taxpayers — who, unlike other American citizens, are not allowed self-government or representation in Congress — foot the bill for his security. Since the residents of Washington are not allowed to participate in American democracy, I think the D.C. government should skimp on the President’s security. Maybe he should move the inauguration to a city where the people are free to elect their leaders. The People of Dallas, for example, may be more inclined to fork over their hard-earned wages to secure the President’s umpteen Inaugural Balls.)