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

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

by Mark Green
     
 

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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

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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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Publishers Weekly
Onetime New York mayoral candidate Green lashes out against the government's tradition of selling access to politicians to the highest bidder and pricing practically everyone-besides millionaires-out of the ability to participate in our democracy. Although it's easy to detect the scent of sour grapes in Green's screed (he lost the election to business information tycoon Bloomberg), dismissing his words for that reason alone would be foolish. Fortunately eschewing the pervasive idea that American democracy was once a virginal paradise unsullied by as base a thing as money, Green provides a quick but thorough overview of the history of money and influence in national politics (during the post-Civil War era, most legislators openly sold their votes). After showing how we got ourselves into this mess, Green paints a portrait of how exactly the millions of dollars sloshing around the corridors of power shades and corrupts the system. Green does not cover much new ground, but he admirably collects all the usual jeremiads about this subject into one propulsive narrative. Although a Democratic bias creeps in here and there, for the most part Green blames his own party as much as the Republicans, naming names in plenty of embarrassing instances. (On sale Oct. 8) Forecast: Author appearances in New York and Washington, D.C., a 25-city national radio campaign and a national marketing campaign will raise Democrats' awareness of this title. But there's no guarantee they'll buy, since Green lost his election over a year ago and the public's interest may have moved on. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062322012
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/24/2013
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
502,236
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

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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