Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It; Book Review

” ‘Money talks, nobody walks,’ might once have been a catchy ad slogan for a men’s department store, but it could also just as easily sum up the feeling most Americans have about the way government operates, or doesn’t. Money, in the form of PACs, Super-PACS, and their ilk, influences nearly every policy initiative and piece of legislation pertaining to everything from the food we eat to the air we breathe. The ensuing quid-pro-quo funding battles between opposing special-interest groups pursuing favorable votes means that nothing substantive ever shifts the paradigm off the status quo. Thanks to such recent events as the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision and lack of meaningful campaign-finance reform, politicians are more accessible to and influenced by corporate lobbyists than at any time since William McKinley was president. Potter (Deadly Spin, 2010) and Penniman, veteran public-policy analysts and critics, weigh in with a trove of supporting evidence to expose and explain current big-money corruption, and offer concrete ways citizens can indeed unite to overturn such abuses.” – Carol Haggas

Originally published by Booklist on December 1, 2015

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