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Tuesday, February 18, 1997

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  • Coffee to Coffers, Money in Politics

    A discussion on campaign contributions with Charles Babcock, a reporter with the Washington post. With 2.7 billion dollars being spent on the presidential campaigns Babcock discusses the top 'soft money' contributors to political campaigns. Top donors in this presidential race were tobacco and alcohol companies, Philip Morris topped the list with 2.5 million donated to the Republican Party and 0.5 million to the democrats. Babcock talks about 'Whitehouse coffees' and Lincoln bedroom stays that amount to face time with the president Clinton in thanks for donations regardless of background of the donor.

  • Nazi Gold

    Christopher Simpson discusses the Hundreds of billions of dollars looted by the Nazis during World War II, including money taken from Holocaust victims. Simpson goes on to describe the economic methods by which the German regime used military power to seemingly legally extract wealth from Jewish families as well as the countries it occupied. The talk moves on to show how the same methods used by the Nazis are being used now by wealthy nations to extract wealth from poorer countries. Simpson also speaks about how large corporations traded during World War II. Finally, Simpson talks about how war crimes have been defined in previous conflicts, and how the US government has defined war crimes to avoid its own prosecution.