Understanding Money in Politics

This page will list some compelling media that will help you get a grip on the major political problems facing our nation today.

“How a Bill(ionaire) Becomes a Law(maker),” United Republic. August 2, 2012.
A fast-paced, entertaining overview of the lobbying crisis and what we, the people, are now doing about it.
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“The Lobbyist’s Playbook,” 60 Minutes. November 6, 2011. 
Former superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, newly out of prison, tells all about how back room deals are done on Capitol Hill.
Watch the interview

“Take the Money and Run for Office,” This American Life.  March 30, 2012.
Powerful explanation of how our lawmakers are trapped in a system that requires endless fund-raising, most of which is from special-interest lobbyists.  Contains first-hand accounts of the enormity of the problem from current and former Members of Congress.
Listen to the episode