A sitdown with Bud Hulsey

    Bud Hulsey, a former police lieutenant, business owner and Republican state legislator from my hometown of Kingsport, Tennessee, really hates dark money.
We were introduced a few months back by a mutual friend who had given him a copy of my latest book, Nation on the Take. Turns out Bud and I have similar passions.

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Wendell PotterSunday, October 30th, 2016 at 2:41am
At the heart of Americans' despair about our political system is the ability of wealthy special interests to influence elections and legislation and stay hidden in the shadows. That's what "dark money" is all about. Both Republicans and Democrats want to make dark money a thing of the past. Take a look at my video interview with Tennessee State Rep. Bud Hulsey, a Republican who represents my hometown of Kingsport. I talked with Bud on a recent trip back home. And be sure to sign up for my new newsletter at wendellpotter.com. https://m.youtube.com/watch?utm_campaign=4360198b61-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_10_28&utm_source=Wendell+Potter&v=SKrFZKdwEi4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0ed39759f7-4360198b61-357881629
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A Sitdown with Bud Hulsey
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Wendell PotterTuesday, August 16th, 2016 at 2:46am
This story should make every American's blood boil. Millions and millions of dollars from groups outside of Pennsylvania are pouring into the state to influence our Senate race. Half of the $52 million spent so far (and that can be accounted for) has been spent by huge Super Pacs. It's an insane arms race. Conservative groups gain an advantage for a minute, only to be outdone the next minute by liberal groups. And it's only mid August.

This is exactly what our founding fathers--who wrote the Constitution right here in Pennsylvania--feared might happen someday. They worried about the corruption of our ability to self-govern that we are now witnessing. And that $52 million is just the tip of the iceberg of what is really going on. As this Philadelphia Inquirer article notes: "The dollar counts don't capture the full picture because they don't include political nonprofits that don't have to report spending on issue ads. And much more is expected when campaigns kick into high gear after Labor Day."

We may not realize it, but all of this spending by deep-pocketed special interests affects our lives every day, usually negatively. Those special interests writing the checks have an agenda, which typically is either to preserve a profitable status quo or to gain some advantage in Washington or our state capitals. Please read "Nation on the Take, How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It." Nick Penniman and I wrote it to connect the dots for Americans and to explain how this legalized corruption benefits the few at the expense of the rest of us.
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Wendell PotterSaturday, August 13th, 2016 at 7:05am
My latest piece. Candidates must know and understand the subject matter at hand...especially with healthcare.
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Wendell PotterSaturday, August 13th, 2016 at 5:53am
Good. Big money in the U.S. is bad enough. Foreign money should be out of politics as well.http://ow.ly/sOuk303bHak
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