A shortish post today, but it has substance (I hope)! I did an interview with Dan Newman who is the executive director of Maplight.org. What’s Maplight you ask? It’s a database that clearly shows the connection between money and politics in California. Feeling like a yawn is coming on? You shouldn’t because it may surprise you when you go to their site and watch their demo to see how the money flows to elected officials when a vote is coming up on the floor of the Senate or the Assembly. At the very least, it’ll make you shake your head an grow more cynical. At best, it’ll make you a more active citizen and push for things like public funding of elections. Let’s hope it brings out the best in you! 🙂
As I was doing the interview with Dan, I was trying to remember a quote from Tocqueville as he was talking about shining a light into the inner workings of lobbyists and politicians, but I couldn’t get it right, so I didn’t even attempt to paraphrase. But when I got home, I looked it up and here ’tis:
“…[I]n countries where associations are free, secret societies are unknown. There are factions in America, but not conspirators.”
Right…I wonder if we could exhume that old French guy (and that would be Tocqueville) and just showed him the connection between money and politics on Maplight if he would say something like “Ooooooh, pardon my French but I f*cked up.”
Listen to the interview HERE
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