Friday, February 23, 1996

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  • How big bucks are affecting the political agenda.

    On Saturday, Steve Forbes won the Delaware primary. While the multi billionaire is financing his own campaign, he is getting some help. We’ll take a look at some of the investment companies investing in Forbes. In order to become President today, for all practical purposes, you must either raise millions of dollars from the economically interested or finance your own political campaign. This means that our presidential candidates have not been selected by the people as a whole, but by lawyers and lobbyists; the entertainment industry; by the wall street securities firms and insurance and gambling interests; by healthcare, oil and gas industries. We are joined by Ellen Miller, executive director of the "Center for Responsive Politics", one of the few groups following the money in the presidential politics. We will talk about money and the presidential candidates and what this means for our democracy.

    Keywords: campaign contribution, Steve Forbes, Pat Buchanan, Center For Responsive Politics

  • Arizona Primary and environmental issues!

    Pat Buchanan attended a "People for the West" convention in Arizona. "People for the West" is an industry founded citizen’s organization which 96% of their funding comes from corporate sources. In the past they have been linked to "The Wise Use" movement, "Christian Identity Movement" and many other far right groups in the west of the U.S. They want to elect Pat Buchanan as President by helping to get him the Republican nomination. Joining us to discuss the Arizona Primary and especially the environmental issues in the campaign are Carolyn Campbell, a former Green Party candidate for the Arizona state legislature and the member of the board for "The Center of Voting and Democracy", and Kieran Suckling, Head of the "Southwest Center for Biological Diversity" .

  • Cuba and U.S. and ramifications for the presidential politics.

    Cuba today accused the U.S. of lying and says it has unequivocal proof that the 2 U.S. civilian planes were inside Cuban air space when they were shot down. The wording of the Cuban authority statement indicates that they have with them a member of the "Brothers to the Rescue", the Miami based volunteer pilots group whose planes had been involved in Saturday’s incident.
    Today we will ask a Cuban oficial why they took such a move and we will analyze the political repercussions here at home.
    We are joined by Miguel Nunez of the Cuban Interest Section in Washington DC which is part of the Swiss Embassy, Retired Admiral Eugene Carrol of the "Center For Defense Information", Saul Landau a Pacifica News analyst and a Cuba expert, and on the phone from the Mexican-U.S. border Reverend Lucius Walker, the founder of "Pastors for Peace". Reverend Walker is at the border on the sixth day of a hunger strike protesting the fact that U.S. Customs agents have seized 400 computers that his "Cuba Caravan" has been attempting to get to Cuba. "Brothers to the Rescue" was formed in 1994 for the purpose of seeking out the rafters who were leaving Cuba to escape to the United States.

    Keywords: "Brothers to the Rescue", Cuba Caravan