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Buying Influence is a Bipartisan Issue


Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, junior United States Senator from Rhode Island and author of Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy, talks about how corporations, through dark money, buy political influence on every level of the government, from senators to regulators. "You get the loathsome Scott Pruitt, a total fossil fuel stooge, actually given the position of the EPA Administrator. The shamelessness has moved the bar and made the corruption that big interests pursue less noxious. They’re doing it in the plain light of day," @SenWhitehouse. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 23, 2019"That question of whether the President is really listening to the American people and doing his job, or whether he’s doing things because of financial interests... I think it’s a pretty case to sell to the public, that we need to get to the bottom of this," says @SenWhitehouse. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 23, 2019"Unlimited money, anonymity + the ability to make private threats + promises has created a massive tide of corruption, look no further than climate change as an issue where our politics have been too corrupted by an industry to take on a clear and present danger," @SenWhitehouse. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 23, 2019"Talk to former members of Congress like Bob Inglis who lost his job when the apparatus came after him. Highly conservative Republican but sincere on climate, so they took him out and made an example of him. Citizens United had a big role on why we are where we are on climate." https://t.co/YjBiUrw00S — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 23, 2019


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 23 May 2019  31m