Bill Moyers Video Clip: Why American Elections are No Longer Fair and Free – The Stunning Consequences of Citizen’s United

 
My hat is off to Clara Jeffrey and Monika Bauerlein, who are some of the only journalists who are really on top of the changes that are happening in the American political world in regard to what they call Dark Money. Dark Money is the mountain of unregulated, undisclosed money flowing into the electoral process right now. There is no federal oversight on where the money is coming from, who is behind it, and it is not being measured or accounted for in an open and honest way. The coming elections will be bought, not fought, for the first time in the modern era. 

All of this is connected to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision, which most people do not understand or even know about. Citizen’s United wiped out clean election laws that were on the books to safeguard fair elections. It destroyed accountability and regulation and allowed corporations and the uber-rich to bring unprecedented money to bear on elections w/out any sort of check or balance, even on the veracity of content of ads. This is not a republican thing, this is not a democrat thing – this is a question of how we are going to organize as a people, and how to make sure that elections are fair and honest.
They no longer are.

Bill Moyer recently did a fascinating show on the topic of Dark Money with several different contributors chiming in. It is an illuminating look at the new political landscape, and how it actually works out in specific cases. It is pretty incredible to hear. These folks are telling  a story that almost nobody is listening to. I implore you to spend some time watching this.

This is a short segment with Jeffrey and Bauerlein in which they talk about Citizen’s United and its impact on elections.

About Tim Suttle

Tim Suttle is a pastor, writer, and musician. He is the author of several books: Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), and An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade Books, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals. Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. He has planted three successful churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10020856914797958993 Sarah

    I watched it. Makes me want to shake my fists…..I vote for transparency but is sounds like the veil of dark money is pervasive even down to the local chambers. Lord, have mercy.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00876500935705926187 gregg

    Thanks, Tim, for helping spread information by posting this. It's hard not to feel a bit hopeless about the whole situation, but I'm grateful for people like these reporters and Bill Moyers who are trying to shed some light on the dark money and a very damaged electoral process. I don't often agree with John McCain, but I certainly did when I heard him say recently that he thought Citizens United was one of the worst decisions the Supreme Court has ever made. One really starts to feel like true democracy is at stake. It's disheartening.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00876500935705926187 gregg

    Thanks, Tim, for helping spread information by posting this. It's hard not to feel a bit hopeless about the whole situation, but I'm grateful for people like these reporters and Bill Moyers who are trying to shed some light on the dark money and a very damaged electoral process. I don't often agree with John McCain, but I certainly did when I heard him say recently that he thought Citizens United was one of the worst decisions the Supreme Court has ever made. One really starts to feel like true democracy is at stake. It's disheartening.


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