Contributed by The Inheritance Project
On February ? (the date has been removed from “The Current” website) Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC Radio’s public affairs program, interviewed Jane Mayer, an investigative journalist for the New Yorker, about her new book, Dark MOney: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Radical Right. the Koch brothers and their mostly hidden activities to undermine democracy in the U.S. I am bound to adhere to the CBC’s policy of not reprinting their transcripts, but you can read this transcript, “Dark Money,” in the link given here. You need to scroll down a few pages to find it, but it isn’t difficult.
This interview follows the frighteningly successful efforts of Charles Koch and David Koch, currently the fifth and sixth wealthiest Americans, to make use of the “Citizens United” movement to subvert U.S. democracy. “Citizens United’s stated mission is to restore the United States government to “citizens’ control,” seeking to “reassert the traditional American values of limited government, freedom of enterprise, strong families, and national sovereignty and security.” To fulfill this mission, Citizens United produces television commercials, web advertisements, and documentary films.” (excerpted from Citizens United Organization)
A Supreme Court ruling in January 2010 “tossed out the corporate and union ban on making independent expenditures and financing electioneering communications. It gave corporations and unions the green light to spend unlimited sums on ads and other political tools, calling for the election or defeat of individual candidates. In a nutshell, the high court’s 5-4 decision said that it is OK for corporations and labor unions to spend as much as they want to convince people to vote for or against a candidate.” Citizens for Public Integrity.
For more, read the entire transcript.