#859 Momentum on our biggest problem (Money in politics)

Today we bask in the rare glow of hope, cautious optimism and barely-perceptible progress on the problem of money in politics. Hooray!


Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: DISGUSTING: Average Americans Have No Impact on Making Policy - The David Pakman Show - Air Date: 08-13-14

Ch. 3: Song 1: Oligarchy - Punkgrass for the People

Ch. 4: Act 2: Crony Capitalism Enabled by the Supreme Court - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 07-17-14

Ch. 5: Song 2: Follow The Money - The Redemption Of Zounds

Ch. 6: Act 3: Mayday PAC Scores HUGE Win In Fight For Democracy - The Young Turks - Air Date: 07-08-14

Ch. 7: Song 3: Battle Hymn of the Republic - 34 Fiddle Favorites, Ragtime Annie, Arkansas Traveler, Cotton Eyed Joe, and More

Ch. 8: Act 4: The super PAC to end super PACs - On the Media - Air Date: 7-11-14

Ch. 9: Song 4: Mayday!!! - Fight With Tools

Ch. 10: Act 5: MAYDAY.US: Together, we have the power - Mayday.us - Air Date: 8-29-14

Ch. 11: Song 5: Everyday (Single Version) - Everyday - Single

Ch. 12: Act 6: David Simon on Our Rigged Political System - Moyers and Company - Air Date: 2-14-14

Ch. 13: Song 6: Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Fight to Win (feat. Cee Lo Green) - Single

Ch. 14: Act 7: 3 Ways to Reverse a Supreme Court Decision - Thom Hartmann - Air Date: 08-25-14

Ch. 15: Song 7: Undone (The Sweater Song) - Weezer

Ch. 16: Act 8: Momentum on Overturning Citizens United - Best of the Left Activism

Ch. 17: Song 8: Song Link Here

Ch. 18: Act 9: The Whole IRS 'Scandal' Was About ONE Thing & It Totally Worked - The Young Turks - Air Date: 07-15-14

Ch. 19: Final comments on Prof. Rambo and the anatomy of victim blaming

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone


"Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Clears First Vote in U.S. Senate!” via Americans Against The Tea Party

The bill to overturn Citizens United introduced by Senator Tom Udall, D-NM

Follow-up/new Action!

Use ContactingTheCongress.org to let your representatives know that overturning Citizens United is an issue you are voting on this November.

Roll Call for the 79-18 vote

Sources/additional glimmers of hope:

"Senate Advances Constitutional Fix To Overturn Citizens United” by Sahil Kapur at Talking Points Memo

"Senate moves forward with amendment to the Constitution on elections” by Ramsey Cox at The Hill

"Overturn Citizens United” — a Statement in Support of a Constitutional Amendment from Senator Bernie Sanders

Graphic via USA Action

Hear the segment in context:

Episode #859: "Momentum on our biggest problem (Money in politics)"


Written by BOTL social media/activism director Katie Klabusich

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • commented 2014-09-15 22:15:33 -0400
    I couldn’t believe Thom Hartmann’s proposal to rewrite the Constitution explicitly to prevent Supreme Court judgment on the constitutionality of laws as a response to Citizen’s United. Did he object to the Court overturning the Defense of marriage act on Constitutional grounds? If not, he doesn’t actually care about the Supreme Court’s powers, he’s just pissed that they were used against something he was in favor of. Let’s not cut off our nose to spite our face here. Roe vs. Wade and Brown vs. Board of Education were decided on grounds of Constitutionality as well.
  • commented 2014-09-12 06:59:19 -0400
    another excellent show. Thank you for keeping the information flowing Jay!
  • commented 2014-09-10 12:38:53 -0400
    Jay…you are the only person I allow to depress me on a regular basis. And, is it just me, or does your ‘going out’ song make others weepy? That said, I presently live in a tiny, conservative town and without Best of the Left’, I’d be brain dead. Keep up your outstanding effort to deliver the facts.