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One of the most prominent and effective politicians opposing Trump “spells out, in considerable detail, the extent of corporate influence over a variety of issues” in national politics (The New Yorker)
As a U.S. Senator and former federal prosecutor, Sheldon Whitehouse has had a front-row seat at the spectacle of dark money in government. In his widely praised book Captured, he describes how corporations buy influence over our government—not only over representatives and senators, but over the very regulators directly responsible for enforcing the laws under which they operate, and over the judges and prosecutors who are supposed to be vigilant about protecting the public interest.
In a case study that shows these operations at work, Whitehouse reveals how fossil fuel companies have held any regulation related to climate change at bay. The problem is structural: as Kirkus Reviews wrote, “many of the ills it illuminates are bipartisan.”
This paperback edition features a new introduction by the author, which reveals how corporate influence has taken advantage of Donald Trump’s presidency to advance its agenda—and what we can do about it.
|Publisher:||New Press, The|
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About the Author
Table of Contents
Author's Note xiii
Chapter 1 The Constitution's Blind Spot 1
Chapter 2 The Growth of Corporate Power 11
Chapter 3 Where We Are Now 24
Chapter 4 What the Corporate Political Machine Wants: Four Short Case Studies 48
Chapter 5 The Powell Memo and the Corporate Strategy 63
Chapter 6 Capture of the Court 77
Chapter 7 Capture of Elections: Citizens United 93
Chapter 8 Capture of Regulatory Agencies 114
Chapter 9 Capture of the Civil Jury 133
Chapter 10 The Denial Machine 150
Chapter 11 Climate Change and the "Flies of Summer" 169
Chapter 12 America's Lamp in Peril 186