US elections 2016: ‘People are attracted to Trump because he’s not taking money’

Consumer advocate Wendell Potter, co-author of Nation on the Take, explains how legislation was overturned to allow the financial corruption of US politics and what needs to be done to stop it.
Originally published by The Guardian on April 10, 2016
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The Lobbyist Who Made You Pay More at the Drugstore

Here’s how the pharmaceutical industry keeps America’s drug prices among the highest in the world.

The following is excerpted from Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman’s new book, Nation On the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It. You can also listen to an interview with the authors.

Bill and Faith Wildrick have never heard of Billy Tauzin, but they’re paying dearly for Tauzin’s tireless work for the pharmaceuticbal industry. So are Faith’s

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Potter and Penniman: “The System Is Rigged Against Regular People”

In their new book, Nation on the Take, Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman portray a government and politics polluted by big corporate dollars. But the authors also offer solutions.

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

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Is America a ‘Nation on the Take’?

America stands at a historic crossroads. One path leads to a renewal of our Democratic ideal, the other to government by the few, the rich and the powerful. So argue Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman in their new book, “Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts our Democracy and What We Can do About It” (Bloomsbury).

Potter will be familiar to Center for Public Integrity readers as a former health insurance executive turned critic, Center columnist and

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On Super Tuesday, a Battle Plan to Save Democracy

Nick Penniman Executive Director, Issue One and Wendell Potter Author of Nation on the Take, to be published March 1, 2016

Tens of millions of political dollars have been injected into the 13 states holding their primaries this Super Tuesday as the presidential candidates angle for the 1,639 delegates that are up for grabs. Because of such massive outlays, political spending in 2016 will likely reach $10 billion, blowing the roof off all previous records. Yet, amidst the blinding …

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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 …

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