Big Money in Elections Corrupts Our Government

While this TV series – “Glen’s Parallax Perspectives” – deals with a wide variety of issues related to peace, social justice, economics, the environment, and so forth, the June 2022 interview focuses on a strategically smart way to help us SOLVE ANY public policy problem you care about.

This month’s interview shows how we could solve big problems if we would get Big Money out of politics!  Huge amounts of money corrupt election campaigns.  Huge amounts of money corrupt all levels of government – our nation, states, and local governments – and prevent them from solving problems.

Certainly, an honest democracy needs more people to vote – and votes to be counted honestly.  Besides better voting procedures, we also need to fund elections honestly.

Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have been allowing LEGALIZED BRIBERY in funding elections.

During this hour you will learn about the problems and some solutions.

Glen welcomed our expert guest, Beth Rotman, who works for Common Cause, an excellent organization that Glen joined soon after it was founded in 1970.  Common Cause works very hard – and skillfully – to reform governmental functioning so it will serve the public interest honestly and effectively.

Beth Rotman started working for Common Cause as the director of their Money in Politics & Ethics Program in June 2019.  She is an attorney with an excellent background in working for election reform even before she joined Common Cause’s staff.

As Common Cause’s National Director of Money in Politics & Ethics, Beth advocates for pro-democracy reforms that break down barriers to participation and make our government more worthy of our trust.  Before joining Common Cause’s staff, she had helped the State of Connecticut start practicing the most sweeping electoral democracy reform program in the U.S., which included reforming campaign financing.  She also held an important legal position for the New York City Campaign Finance Board.  Beth strongly believes that – as she says — “the many can overcome the money.”

This interview explored interesting and practical ways to solve problems nationwide and also at state and local levels, so we can shift the balance of power back to the people.

 

Besides watching the interview video, I hope people will also read the thorough summary document I wrote because it provides links to some excellent sources of more information.

CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH THE INTERVIEW VIDEO.

CLICK THE NEXT LINK TO READ THE THOROUGH SUMMARY:

2022.06 Big Money Corrupts Politics — SUMMARY and MORE INFORMATION

After I produced this TV program and posted it to my blog, my e-mail address changed from glenanderson@integra.net to glen@parallaxperspectives.org.  When you watch the TV video and/or read the linked document, please use my new e-mail address (and/or phone me at 360-491-9093) if you have any questions or want more information.

 

 

 

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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org