IN THIS MONTH'S COVER STORY,
The corrosive effect of billions of dollars in private money sloshing around our public elections is undeniable. Yet it's hard for reformers to come up with concrete examples of cash-and-carry legislation. Those who engage in such corruption are aided and abetted by the best think tanks and media outlets money can buy. Consequently conventional wisdom holds that members of this gazillionaire donor class are simply players in our pluralistic democracy, part of the natural order-in the same way that ticks are part of the forest ecosystem. Bribery is a crime. And ain't nobody here but us law abiding citizens.
Three recent federal government policy decisions indicate how corporate power corrupts public policy, with no laws broken.
Wheeler is the former head of-and major lobbyist for-what was then called the
For 11 years prior to taking the leash of the nation's top financial watchdog-or is that lapdog?-White was a head of litigation at
Then there is Secretary of Agriculture
Apparently, the arc of the Obama administration does not bend towards justice, but rather bows to the masters of consolidated corporate capital.
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