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Dark Money

The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

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Dark Money by Jane Mayer
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Who are the immensely wealthy right-wing ideologues shaping the fate of America today? From the bestselling author of The Dark Side, an electrifying work of investigative journalism that uncovers the agenda of this powerful group.

In her new preface, Jane Mayer discusses the results of the most recent election and Donald Trump's victory, and how, despite much discussion to the contrary, this was a huge victory for the billionaires who have been pouring money in the American political system.

Why is America living in an age of profound and widening economic inequality? Why have even modest attempts to address climate change been defeated again and again? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? In a riveting and indelible feat of reporting, Jane Mayer illuminates the history of an elite cadre of plutocrats—headed by the Kochs, the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Bradleys—who have bankrolled a systematic plan to fundamentally alter the American political system. Mayer traces a byzantine trail of billions of dollars spent by the network, revealing a staggering conglomeration of think tanks, academic institutions, media groups, courthouses, and government allies that have fallen under their sphere of influence. Drawing from hundreds of exclusive interviews, as well as extensive scrutiny of public records, private papers, and court proceedings, Mayer provides vivid portraits of the secretive figures behind the new American oligarchy and a searing look at the carefully concealed agendas steering the nation. Dark Money is an essential book for anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
LA Times
 Book Prize Finalist
PEN/Jean Stein Book Award Finalist
Shortlisted for the Lukas Prize
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; January 2016
464 pages; ISBN 9780385535601
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Title: Dark Money
Author: Jane Mayer
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I had heard tidbits about some Republicans signing agreements to vote lock step for or against legislature; but, I did not understand how that could be until now or why. Disturbing and very worrisome that big money can convince so much of the population to vote against their own best interest, and to instead support the best interests of themselves, those with money and very self-serving agendas. No wonder Russia thought they had a shot at getting in on the deal. The next book should be: "Now what??" Are we powerless to stop it. Weren't the founding fathers worried about not having an educated and informed voter population. Part of their answer was independent journalist that get to the bottom of a story and the electoral college. Is that still the answer?