Big Money and Stealth Campaigns

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Since the US Supreme Court declared that private spending is a form of free speech, political campaigns have been as much about money as anything else. Now, the Obama White House is attacking Republicans for hiding the sources of millions of dollars, suggesting they might be raised illegally overseas. Republican agents like Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie are striking back, accusing Democrats of a government-run smear to divert attention from the economy. Even some Democrats are worried about a backfire. Meantime, as the TV commercials multiply, is this the “year of the Missing Candidate?”

Credits

Guests:
Kenneth Vogel - New York Times - @kenvogel, James Bopp - Bopp Law Firm, Fred Wertheimer - Founder and President, Democracy 21, James Rainey - Variety - @raineytime, Robert Thompson - Professor of Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal, Karen Radziner