A very nice mention for the documentary in Psychology Today’s Side Effects column.
Links to MSNBC interview with Dylan Ratigan embedded in the article as well.
Of the $700 million that U.S. House members raised in three years, MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan reports, “79% came from outside their district.” He was relaying the findings of a critical new documentary by Francis Megahy called The Best Government Money Can Buy. As Megahy aptly noted on Ratigan’s show, “When you’ve cast your vote at an election, you don’t necessarily get what you want. You get what your candidate’s biggest campaign contributors want.”
The ousting of Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin), three-term senator and strong proponent of campaign-finance reform, therefore needs to be seen against the backdrop of his opponent, millionaire plastics CEO Ron Johnson, outspending him four-to-one, including by “chipp[ing] in $8.2 million of his own fortune for his campaign.” Common Cause of Wisconsin estimates that “outside groups spent about $5 million, most of that on ads opposing Feingold.”