The $4 billion election: Elections, dark money & democracy

The 2014 midterm election was the most expensive in history, with $4 billion spent on campaigns around the country, including massive amounts of “dark money” from groups that do not reveal their donors. Robert McChesney sheds light on dark money as he discusses his new book (co-authored with John Nichols), Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America.

Zephyr Teachout, who grew up in Vermont and is now a professor at Fordham Law School, ran for governor of New York this year against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Despite Cuomo’s $30 million war chest, Teachout won one third of the vote in the Democratic primary and forced Cuomo to campaign furiously against her. Teachout talks how she did so well against a powerful incumbent, her roots in Howard Dean’s presidential campaign, women in politics, and her future.

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