Category Archives: Front Organizations

Fake News and Racism: The Evil Twins of the 2016 Election Cycle — Podcast December 12, 2016

On the Internet No One Knows You’re a Dog: On Facebook, a Lie Looks Just Like the Truth. Democratic Perspective’s Mike Cosentino joins fellow regulars Gary LaMaster and Klaus von Stutterheim via call-in for a discussion of the avalanche of fake news and bigotry that … Continue reading

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David R. Berman Interview — Podcast February 1, 2016

The Mother’s Milk of Politics, or a Threat To Our Democracy: Dark Money and Its Consequences. On today’s Democratic Perspective, Dr. David R. Berman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Arizona State University, and Senior Research Fellow at the Morrison Institute for Public … Continue reading

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Oligarchy: A Greek Name for an American Tragedy in the Making — Podcast August 10, 2015

If Government By the People Is For Sale, Shouldn’t the People Be Getting a Higher Price? President Jimmy Carter said recently that the United States has become “an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president … Continue reading

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The Gigantic Kochtopus.

In a series of 5-4 rulings, with conservatives in the majority, the US Supreme Court has opened the floodgates of political spending by corporations and billionaires. In Valeo v. Buckley, the Court essentially ruled that political spending is the equivalent … Continue reading

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Government for Sale — Podcast February 13, 2012

Government for Sale: The Wholesaling of Political Influence. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Michael Cosentino and Steve Williamson discuss the proliferation of lobbyists in Washington, D.C. and in our statehouses., and what they are buying with their employers’ money.

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Government For Sale.

On February 13th, Democratic Perspective co-hosts, Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino continued their series on the influence of money in politics. They began by listing a few eye-opening statistics: $3.5 billion is spent on lobbying each year. (And that’s just … Continue reading

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Following the Money: PACs and Their Effects — Podcast January 23, 2012

Following the Money: The Influence of Political Action Committees on Our Politics and Legislation. Democratic Perspective’s co-hosts, Mike Cosentino and Steve Williamson, look at Political Action Committees (PACs) — what they are, who funds them, and what kinds of distortions … Continue reading

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ALEC: Who Really Writes Our State Laws? — Podcast, December 12, 2011

The American Legislative Exchange Council: Who Really Writes Our State Laws? Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino take on ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group funded by conservative business-oriented special interests, which writes and recommends model … Continue reading

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Shadow Government.

Democratic Perspective continued its series about the use of political front groups as a way of hiding corporate contributions in order to subvert the political process. This week, we looked at ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC’s website calls … Continue reading

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Dark Money, Part 2 — Podcast December 5, 2011

Dark Money: Corporate Contributions Disguised As Free Speech. Democratic Perspective co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino continue their discussion about the Citizens United decision, and its effect on American politics. Do we know who is talking to us, and what … Continue reading

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