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“The system is rigged against regular people”: Big money has completely warped American democracy

  • Corporations have a stranglehold on both parties. Here's how it happened -- and how we take our government back.
  • Hillary Clinton Is Exposing the Dark Underbelly of the Democrats’ Money Machine

Michael Winship, Moyers & Company

Saturday, Mar 19, 2016 | Few are as qualified to tackle the massive topic of money in politics as Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman. Their new book, Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy (read an excerpt), is a comprehensive and important examination of the many ways our lives are affected by the stranglehold corporations have on our government and society. And it’s a look at how we can fight back.

Wendell Potter is senior analyst at the Center for Public Integrity, an ex-newspaperman and a former executive with the health insurance industry who dared to come in from the cold and become one of our most knowledgeable and forthright champions of health care reform. Regulars here at will remember his 2009 appearance on Bill Moyers Journal, when he first told his remarkable story.

Michael Winship is senior writing fellow at Demos and a senior writer of the series, Moyers & Company, airing on public television.

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Her campaign has put a spotlight on the cozy relationships between Democratic operatives and corporate America.