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Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America

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Fresh from the first $10 billion presidential campaign, two award-winning authors show how unbridled campaign spending defines our politics and, failing a dramatic intervention, signals the end of our democracy.

Blending vivid reporting from the 2012 campaign trail and deep perspective from decades covering American and international media and politics, political journalist
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published June 11th 2013 by Nation Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dollarocracy is an important book about democracy and elections in America. If you are a political junkie, a lot of its content may already be quite familiar, but it is all presented in such a coherent and well-contextualized manner that I had a lot of revelatory "I never thought of it that way before" moments in every chapter. There was also a ton of compelling stuff covering a wide range of topics, including the creation of public media, FCC regulations, the constitutionality of voting, the tr ...more
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Definitely a book to read. There is opportunity to reform if a clear picture can be drawn as how even some third world countries have more democracy in their election processes than we do. Understanding that our elections were turned down by the Carter Center for monitoring because we didn't meet the minimum requirements of that organization that 23 other European and African countries have. No wonder countries that we are pushing toward democratic progress feel a dual standard as we ask for mor ...more
Michael Seward
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book every American citizen needs to read. The public needs to be outraged before our democracy, and the free press that is supposed to hold those in power or who want to be in power accountable, will serve us rather than the wealthiest among us. This book will provide the needed outrage.
Donald Shank
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Corporations, corporate media and the politicians who must beg them for money threaten our democracy. Here's how they do it, and the simple ways we can reclaim it.
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This study of our quickly changing political landscape points out issues we may be vaguely aware of but seldom see gathered into a singular indictment, impacting each of us as citizens and voters. If money is power, then here we become focused on how clearly it has and is, corrupting our political system. The authors point out that partisanship is not the factor that fosters conflict in today's political scene, rather it's the slow erosion of our individual power over our own destiny that leads ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: peeps
Recommended to Josh by: shelf @ UAPL
As with most "progressive" ideals, the expansion of the right to vote (more accurately, an informed vote free of the undue influence of corporations and billionaires) is inherently "left leaning" so a number of the individuals cited in the text were of a Democratic persuasion and most of the prime examples of abuses were seen as perpetrated by those on the "right" ~ so I'm sure that critics will argue that this book is partisan propaganda. However, there is more than a fair amount of independent ...more
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book really opened my eyes to what kind of democracy we have left in the US (short version: not much) and made it clear just how critical it is that we, at the very least, amend the constitution to redefine people as only the real kind. Campaign spending limits also wouldn't hurt, not to mention limiting TV campaign advertising and creating some transparency around Internet campaign advertising. I wish I could get everyone I know to read this book.
Mike Wahl
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, well written examination of the heart of America's current malaise, the "complex" of Big Money and Big Media. I especially liked the forward by Senator Bernie Sanders, and the chapter of public broadcasting, it's history, the main players, and how PBS/CPB/NPR continues to be financially tied to corporations and Congress, unlike it's European counterparts.
Roberto Ramirez
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book shatters the myth that the USA has a perfect democracy as its leaders boast when they travel overseas. In a certain way some third world countries have a better functioning democracy than the US.
Kathy Nealen
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I would love to see an update by the author that includes the 2016 election circus. We consider our country to be the greatest democracy in the world yet we pale in comparison to other nations with more rules that reduce the time and money spent campaigning.
Joe Sherman
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an important book especially for any readers harboring the illusion that America is a democracy.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dollarocracy tells the details behind campaign financing–from the Supreme Court rulings on campaign spending, to the advertising agencies creating campaign ads, to the television stations receiving enormous revenues, and how this affects the tenure of elected officials. For me, some of it felt dry (for example, the legal stuff started to lose me a bit) but I certainly got a lot from this book. I’d recommend it, with the caveat that you may find yourself skipping chapters that lose your interest. ...more
Alex Zee
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Must-read for everyone who claims or wants to be “woke” about what’s happening in American politics. This book is not about left vs right. It’s about top vs bottom and it provides in depth information and facts in a clear manner.
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