Party Time: Money and Politics in Sacramento
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It's always time to raise money in Sacramento, but political fundraising picks up at the end of the legislative session. Nineteen parties are scheduled just today, with another 18 tomorrow. Is there any hope for campaign finance reform? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the Inspector General's report describes CIA interrogators menacing suspects with guns and power drills and threatening to rape their wives and kill their children. Did Bush Administration officials authorize torture? What's next for the CIA, the FBI and efforts to protect America's national security?
Prisoner Abuse and National Security ()
A lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union forced the Obama Administration to release a CIA Inspector General's report kept secret since 2004. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a special prosecutor to investigate CIA interrogators who used abusive techniques described in the document. President Obama established a new, Interagency Interrogation Group led by the FBI.
- R. Jeffrey Smith: National Investigative Correspondent, Washington Post
- Jane Mayer: Investigative Reporter, The New Yorker
- Tim Weiner: author, 'Legacy of Ashes: A History of the CIA'
- Amy Zegart: Associate Professor of Public Policy, UCLA
Party Time: Money and Politics in Sacramento ()
In the latest survey by the Public Policy Institute of California, approval of the California state legislature dropped to a record low. Just 14% of registered voters thought the Assembly and Senate were doing a good job. But that hasn't prevented lobbyists from showing up at 250 fundraisers in this year alone. By one count, 19 are scheduled today in Sacramento and another 18 tomorrow. We hear more from Shane Goldmacher of the Los Angeles Times, Democratic State Senator Loni Hancock and former Republican State Senator Ross Johnson, chair of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
- Shane Goldmacher: Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
- Ross Johnson: Chairman, California Fair Political Practices Commission
- Loni Hancock: California State Senator (D-Oakland)
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