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Ash Center’s 10th Anniversary Series Provides Direction for the Next Ten Years

200x200logoFBshareIn May, the Ash Center concluded its Challenges to Democracy public dialogue series with presentations by the 2015 Innovations in American Government Award finalists. Local government officials, students, and scholars gathered with the Innovation Award finalists for a nuts and bolts conversation on fostering innovation in government. This model of conversation—one that brings together people and ideas unlikely to otherwise connect, in an environment that encourages candid conversation on important yet difficult issues, with an emphasis on finding a way forward—was a true reflection of the Challenges to Democracy series. This post explores some of the series’ highlights and how it will carry forth in the Ash Center’s upcoming work. Read more about all events in the series including associated multimedia such as podcasts, media coverage, photos, and video recordings.
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Robert McChesney and John Nichols Want You to Help Break Apart the Media-Money-Elections Complex

Highlights from a discussion of their new book Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America at the Ash Center on October 1, 2013.

 

By Tim Glynn-Burke

In 1888, the time of America’s Industrial Revolution and Gilded Age, President Rutherford B. Hayes said “This is a government of the people, by the people and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations and for corporations.” Some 80 years later the tide appeared to have turned. Continue reading

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Video: Watch October 1 Seminar on Money and Media Election Complex

On October 1, the Ash Center welcomed John Nichols and Robert McChesney to discuss their new book Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America. Nichols and McChesney argue that what has emerged is a “money-and-media election complex.” This complex is built on a set of commercial and institutional relationships connecting wealthy donors, corporations, lobbyists, politicians, coin-operated “think tanks,” beltway pundits, and now super-PACS. Continue reading

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