Selling Out: How Big Corporate Money Buys Elections, Rams Through Legislation, and Betrays Our Democracy

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Harper Collins, Feb 3, 2004 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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With CEOs and corporations under fire for years of outrageous deception and fraud, the time has come for Mark Green's groundbreaking book, Selling Out. A political watchdog and longtime crusader for better government, Green exposes the truth about the poisonous role money has come to play in our political culture. How are so many corporations able to buy political protection? Why do legislators pay more attention to contributors than to constituents? Filled with bold and practical solutions that are already working to return power to the American people, Selling Out is sure to inflame anyone who's stunned by the recent corporate scandals -- or who's curious about how so many have gotten away with so much for so long.


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An Introduction
Scandal Reform Scandal
The Age of Bribery
FDR vs Economic Royalists
PACs and Boren
The Clinton Roller Coaster and Soft
Current Rules of Engagement
The Professionalization of Politics
The Senator from Big Business
The Wealthy Guy
The Populist
The Refuseniks
Public Sentiments
Laboratories of Democracy
Other Countries

Incumbent Protection Program
Supply Side Warriors
The Money Chase Discourages Competitive Elections
The Money Chase Corrupts Legislation
The Hammer

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Page 57 - But the concept that government may restrict the speech of some elements of our society in order to enhance the relative voice of others is wholly foreign to the First Amendment...
Page 35 - The question will arise, and arise in your day, though perhaps not fully in mine, 'Which shall rule wealth or man ; which shall lead money or intellect ; who shall fill public stations educated and patriotic free men, or the feudal serfs of corporate capital ? ' " This was the authentic voice of the West, and wholly justified in its prophecy.
Page 158 - The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread'.
Page 34 - There is looming up a new and dark power. I cannot dwell upon the signs and shocking omens of its advent. The accumulation of individual wealth seems to be greater than it ever has been since the downfall of the Roman Empire. The enterprises of the country are aggregating vast corporate combinations of unexampled capital, boldly marching, not for economic conquests only, but for political power. For the first time really in our politics money is taking the field as an organized power.
Page 38 - I believe in a division of labor. You send us to Congress; we pass laws under . . . which you make money; . . . and out of your profits you further contribute to our campaign funds to send us back again to pass more laws to enable you to make more money
Page 240 - It may not come in a vote. It may come in a speech not delivered. The PAC payoff may come in a colleague not influenced. It may come in a calling off of a meeting that otherwise would result in advancing legislation. It may come in a minor change in one paragraph in a 240-page bill. It may come in a witness not invited to testify before a committee. It may come in hiring a key staff member for a committee who is sympathetic to the PAC. Or it may come in laying off or transferring a staff member who...
Page 29 - I am extremely thankful to you and my other friends for entertaining the Freeholders in my name. I hope no Exception was taken to any that voted against me, but that all were alike treated, and all had enough. It is what I much desired. My only fear is that you spent with too sparing a hand.
Page 46 - I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it the forces of selfishness and of lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it these forces met their master.
Page 262 - ... only if the people have faith in those who govern, and that faith is bound to be shattered when high officials and their appointees engage in activities which arouse suspicions of malfeasance and corruption.
Page 50 - President, that was a damn fine speech." And the Vice President said, "I appreciate the compliment but not the language." And the Republican went on, "Yes sir, I liked it so much that I contributed a thousand dollars to your campaign.

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Mark Green, New York Times bestselling author of Who Runs Congress?, worked with Ralph Nader for ten years in Washington, D.C., before serving for twelve years as New York City's Consumer Affairs Commissioner and Public Advocate. A television commentator, public interest lawyer, and the former Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City, Green is also the founder and president of the New Democracy Project, a national and urban affairs institute. He has been a lecturer at the New York University School of Law since 2002, and lives with his family in New York City.

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