JANE MAYER’S “DARK MONEY.”

The late Senator John McCain said, “That it is getting to the point in America where the only people who will have the ‘vote’ will be the rich.” In short, Mr. McCain was pointing to the very obvious realization that a very wealthy class of millionaire and billionaire donors to the political parties were controlling the narrative in American politics through the media, universities, and at the grass root levels.

Jane Mayer’s book “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right” is an astonishing, detailed, look at how billionaires, like the Koch Brothers, have for all practical purposes bought many of our politicians and have literally hijacked the political agenda and in so doing have forced their little whores (the politicians) to relax environmental controls, lower taxes, and deregulate safety controls and the health care system.

It is a sad and depressing look at American politics.61rbwjq32nL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_

2 thoughts on “JANE MAYER’S “DARK MONEY.”

  1. As you’ve pointed out Mr. Suito, John McCain championed patriotism and the maverick cause. How he remained a Republican when the “Money” shifted to the Bush campaign against him during 2000 presidential campaign in the South Carolina primary. He should have learned from the attacks made by the machinations of S.C. politics tainting his campaign with attacks from the Swift Boat Veterans for you’ve pointed out Mr. Suito, John McCain championed patriotism and championed the maverick cause. How he remained a Republican when the “Money” shifted to the Bush cause (maintainer of the status quo) against him during the 2000 presidential campaign in the South Carolina primary. He should have learned from the attacks made by the machinations of S.C. politics tainting his campaign with attacks from the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth. They had nothing to do with the truth, merely defending the monetary Imperialism that rules this country today.
    Senator McCain’s prophetic statement addresses the essence of Jane Myer’s book “Dark Money”. This is only part of the story! We must question every motive of those in power as abuse runs rapid in D.C. Money has long played a major role in American. The reference to McCain and his reply to the question once asked, How many houses do you own he did not answer! His foray into politics is marred by being named as one of the “Keating Five”. The Lincoln Saving and Loan scandal was only one of the first S&L scandals to rear its ugly head.
    Many praises for Jane Myer!
    When will Americans learn to become more rational than rationalizing about their choice of politicians? If you are earning less than $100.000 annually you should be first in line when the polls open fighting this known absurdity with your vote. Never mind my thoughts on the oligarchy perpetuated by the likes of the Koch Brothers. Just be appreciative of Jane Myers story “Dark Money”.
    How much longer can we afford to bury our heads in the sand?

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    1. Dear Ken: You make a lot of good points and you have every right to be angry. I know, I am angry. Back when President George W. Bush was forced to sign into law the McCain /Fiengold Campaign Finance bill I thought that this was at least a step in the right direction. Soon after, The Supreme Court (our non -elected judges with so much power) struck down the law in the Citizens United case and then the flood gates really opened. The Koch Brothers influence has been so widespread at every level of government (local, state, and federal) and in many of the universities across the country that it is going to take a re-education of the American public to counter the power and influence they and their cohorts have cast over our country. At the present moment, we have a President who is a Putin puppet, who has no idea how government works, is proud that he has never read a book, refuses to listen to his advisers and intelligence agencies, and on top of all that is a racist; and yet 35-40 percent of the public supports this man. When will Americans become more rational about who they vote into office? My guess is when it hits them where it hurts most in their pocket books.
      Until all the loopholes are closed and the nonprofit organizations are forced to disclose who their donors are and where the money is going nothing is going to change much. It is really sad. The disparity between the super rich and the rest of the country is so wide that at times it is like we are living in two separate countries.

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