How Corporate Dark Money Is Taking Power on Both Sides of the Atlantic

George Monbiot writes for The Guardian:

Image result for Corporate Dark MoneyIt took corporate America a while to warm to Donald Trump. Some of his positions, especially on trade, horrified business leaders. Many of them favoured Ted Cruz or Scott Walker. But once Trump had secured the nomination, the big money began to recognise an unprecedented opportunity.

Trump was prepared not only to promote the cause of corporations in government, but to turn government into a kind of corporation, staffed and run by executives and lobbyists. His incoherence was not a liability, but an opening: his agenda could be shaped. And the dark money network already developed by some American corporations was perfectly positioned to shape it. Dark money is the term used in the US for the funding of organisations involved in political advocacy that are not obliged to disclose where the money comes from. Few people would see a tobacco company as a credible source on public health, or a coal company as a neutral commentator on climate change. In order to advance their political interests, such companies must pay others to speak on their behalf.

Soon after the second world war, some of America’s richest people began setting up a network of thinktanks to promote their interests. These purport to offer dispassionate opinions on public affairs. But they are more like corporate lobbyists, working on behalf of those who fund them.

We have no hope of understanding what is coming until we understand how the dark money network operates.



2 responses

  1. […] Source: How Corporate Dark Money Is Taking Power on Both Sides of the Atlantic […]

  2. thank you for this enlightening post that validates what I have come to believe. These corporate-government bonds are being forged in Sweden as well in my opinion. Corporations are trying to privatize our medical centers=(vård central ), hospitals and even trying to get a foothold with private medical insurance companies. politicians have made larger states(län) that are doomed to fail because of how miss managed they are instead of keeping the smaller districts and getting proper management.

    Politicians are imposing faulty administration of these state services to undermine public confidence. That way people will listen to these false think tanks recommendations instead of using common sense to improve administration of these state services. There has been a temporary stay since the government has halted plans of privatizing more hospitals and building new privatized hospitals. We are approaching a tipping point. We the people on both sides of the Atlantic need to make our voices heard that we will not accept this

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