Monday, November 11, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Robert McChesney & John Nichols

Great Hall; Enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

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U.S. elections never have been perfect, say John Nichols and Robert McChesney, but after the record-setting $10 billion 2012 campaign, we’re now hurtling toward a point where the electoral process itself ceases to function as a means for citizens to control leaders and guide government policies—goodbye democracy; hello “dollarocracy.” Media experts Nichols and McChesney, authors of Dollarocracy, examine the “money-and-media election complex” they say has sapped elections of their meaning: the pay-to-play billionaires (and the politicians who do their bidding), the corporations freed to buy elections (and the activist judges who advance their agenda), and the media conglomerates that blow off journalism while raking in billions airing political advertising. This complex doesn’t just endanger electoral politics, they say; it poses a challenge to the DNA of American democracy itself.

Presented by:  Town Hall as part of the Civic series, with University Book Store. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True-Brown Foundation. Series media sponsorship provided by The Stranger and KUOW.
Town Hall member benefits: Priority seating, discounted onsite book sales.

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  1. Posted November 11, 2013 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Our coalition will be there tonight signing up volunteers to help us get 350,000 signatures on our statewide petition, beginning mid-January, to amend the Constitution to say that free speech rights are only for natural persons and they’re not the same as money, and that political spending must be regulated and disclosed. We intend for this initiative to be on the November, 2014 ballot. Pls see us to sign up to help! We need you. Or go on the website,, and hit the Get Involved button. Thanks.
    Annie Phillips

  2. Bill & Jayne Barrere
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Ralph Nader said it best: “We have the best government money can buy.” Thanks to the Kochj brothers and Grover Norquist and “the pledge”.

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