Chuck Spinney: Andrew Cockburn on the Vulnerability of the Election-Industrial Complex

Cultural Intelligence
Chuck Spinney
Chuck Spinney

Television, turnout, and the election-industrial complex

By Andrew Cockburn, Harpers

“I never met a politician who started out to be a fund-raiser,” remarked Mike McKenna, a Republican energy lobbyist and recipient of constant pleas for cash from lawmakers.   . . .   “If you can convince the politicians that they don’t really need to spend their time raising all that money,” he told me earnestly, “they’ll carry you round Capitol Hill on their shoulders.”