The regular Monday feature about money: PACs, Campaign Financing, and Campaign Finance Reform. Pacifica National Affairs Correspondent Larry Bensky talks with Mother Jones magazine editor Jeffrey Klein about the April 1996 cover story "Deep Pockets: The Millionaires Who Set Washington’s Agenda." Modeled after Forbes magazine’s top 400 wealthiest people in the U.S., Mother Jones compiles a list of the top 400 people who donate to political campaigns. While top donors include Republicans and Democrats, and Liberals and Conservatives from all over the political spectrum, they also constitute a kind of plutocracy of interests and have a lot in common, contributing to very different campaigns but in many cases for the same reasons. Namely, a fierce desire to pay less on their taxes and to be independent of government intrusion and federal regulation of industry and business.
Segment Subjects (keywords for the segment): campaign finance; political donation; political donation tracking; political fundraising
Other mentions: Fred Lennon; Bob Dole; Phil Graham; Steven C. LaTourette; ORBIT – Ohio Beat Income Taxes; Lamar Alexander; Phil Stern, The Best Congress Money Can Buy; William Lerach; Bill Clinton; muckraking
GUEST:- Jeffrey Klein, Editor of Mother Jones Magazine.