Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
Photo of Bill Moyers Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers Journal
Bill Moyers Journal
Watch & Listen The Blog Archive Transcripts Buy DVDs
SPECIAL FEATURE: Moyers on Money and Politics
Capitol Dollars.
Government brought to you by the letter K Street and the number $X billion?

Bill Moyers has spent years digging into the complex and controversial relationship between money and politics in America. As JOURNAL guest Robert Kaiser, author of SO DAMN MUCH MONEY, THE TRIUMPH OF LOBBYING AND THE CORROSION OF AMERICAN GOVERMMENT, noted: "There's a wonderful quote about it from Bob Dole, from 1983 or '2. Where he says, 'you know, poor people don't contribute to campaigns.' And there it was. You know, 30 years ago, the whole story is right in that phrase."

We've collected many of those reports in our special video player. Here you'll find an in-depth investigation into the world of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff in CAPITOL CRIMES as well as analysis of campaign finance reform and the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court case. You can explore and share JOURNAL, NOW WITH BILL MOYERS and MOYERS ON AMERICA coverage of money and politics in the video player below. You'll also find online tools — like the Sunlight Foundation's Party Time (tracking campaign fundraising parties) and The Center for Responsive Politics' documentation of the bi-partisan revolving door between politics and lobbying.


CAMPAIGN REFORM

Sunlight Foundation
The Sunlight Foundation uses technology to make government more accessible and accountable and offers many online tools for following the influence of money in politics.

The Campaign Finance Institute
The Campaign Finance Institute is a non-partisan organization, affiliated with George Washington University, that conducts objective research and education, empanels task forces and makes recommendations for policy change in the field of campaign finance. The Institute has a comprehensive guide to the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act.

Common Cause
Common Cause is a non-partisan advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Common Cause is active in election reform, ethics in politics, and favors public financing of presidential campaigns.

Public Campaign
Public Campaign is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of special interest money in America's elections and the influence of big contributors in American politics. Public Campaign works with various organizations, particularly citizen groups around the country that are fighting for change in their states. On the site, frequent updates and press releases give you the latest news on campaign finance reform.

Cato: Money and Politics
The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace. In the articles on this web site, Cato scholars explain why the various proposals for extensive new regulations on campaign finance are unconstitutional, based on faulty assumptions and destined to result in unintended and undesirable consequences.

LOBBYING

Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest
Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) promotes, supports and protects 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy and lobbying in order to strengthen participation in our democratic society and advance charitable missions. The Web site contains information on effective lobbying procedures.

Center for Public Integrity
The Center for Public Integrity is a non-profit, non-partisan, tax-exempt organization that conducts investigative research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and around the world. They post commentaries, list news stories of interest, and distribute the "Public i" newsletter. The Center maintains extensive online research projects including LobbyWatch, and PowerTrips, an investigation into Congressional travel

The Center for Responsive Politics
The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The site contains comprehensive databases on 527s, PACS and breakdown of dollars by representative, major donors, donors by industry, and many others.

Congressional Lobbying Scandals: A Top Ten List
Oxford University Press presents a blog entry from their media correspondent Donald Ritchie, author of REPORTING FROM WASHINGTON, to outline the top lobbying scandals in Washington history — from 1857 to 2006.

Federal Election Commission
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an agency created to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1975 (FECA), the statute that regulates the financing of federal elections in the United States. It has jurisdiction over all subsequent campaign finance regulation. The Web site contains a searchable database of all campaign finance filings and a guide to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2004.

Follow the Money: The Institute on Money in State Politics
The Institute on Money in State Politics is a national non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to accurate, comprehensive and unbiased documentation and research on campaign finance at the state level. The Institute develops searchable databases, makes them available to the public online, and analyzes the information to determine the role campaign money plays in public policy debates in the states.

History of Lobbying: United States Senate
A series of essays, originally written by Senate Majority Leader Robert C. Byrd, on the history of lobbying in the United States Congress.

Public Citizen
Public Citizen is a national non-profit public interest organization "protecting health, safety, and democracy." Their Lobbyists.info Web site features a report on Congressmen who retired to K Street (PDF) and offers a searchable database of lobbyists and their employments histories.

For Educators    About the Series    Bill Moyers on PBS   

© Public Affairs Television 2008    Privacy Policy    DVD/VHS    Terms of Use    FAQ