Below is a collection of videos that help explain the problem of big money in politics, the history campaign finance laws and voting rights, and the problem of voter suppression. Please watch the videos, become informed and join the fight to get big money out of politics and protect our right to vote.
Robert Reich: Voter Suppression and How It Works
Voter suppression is breaking out all over. In this video we focus on the newly-restrictive election laws in 17 states that impose tighter procedures for identification, registration, and early voting — and the gerrymandered districts that suppress the votes of minorities and Democrats.
Ben Cohen’s BB Demonstration of Corporate Money in Politics
Ben Cohen, co-Founder of Ben & Jerry’s and Head Stamper at www.StampStampede.org uses BB’s to demonstrate how much money corporations spend to influence our elections compared to regular people.
A History of Voting Rights | The New York Times
For much of the 20th century, voting remained a contentious issue, but the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, suggesting that conditions have changed.
The Cross-Partisan Movement to Get Money Out of Politics
John Pudner, a former conservative political consultant, and Executive Director of Take Back Our Republic talks about the conservative movement for campaign finance reform and a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to get money out of politics.
The fight for the right to vote in the United States - Nicki Beaman Griffin
In the United States today, if you are over eighteen, a citizen, and the resident of a state, you can vote (with some exceptions). So, how have voting rights changed since the first election in 1789? Nicki Beaman Griffin outlines the history of the long fight for a more inclusive electorate.
How corporations infiltrated the Supreme Court
American Promise and Charlie Stuart produced this mini-documentary to show how corporations have infiltrated the Supreme Court through a decades long scheme outline by former Justice Powell prior to his appointment.
History of Voting
Through sharp and hard-hitting animation rooted in a youth pop cultural aesthetic, and by using celebrity narrators Grammy Award winning artist John Legend, Glee’s Darren Criss, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and R&B singer, Bridget Kelly – the video speaks directly to millennials’ sense of what is exciting, important and cool. By doing so, the video engages them in a discussion about America’s voting history and inspires them to register to vote.
Corruption is Legal in America by Represent.Us
Represent.Us shows us how corruption works in American politics in this neat explainer video.
How campaign finance works by CNNMoney
CNN Money explains how candidates fund presidential elections.
We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim | Lawrence Lessig by TED
In this TED talk delivered in April 2013, legal scholar Larry Lessig argues that there is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens.
Money, Power and Wall Street by FRONTLINE
In the special four-hour investigation, Money, Power and Wall Street, FRONTLINE tells the inside story of the struggles to rescue and repair a shattered economy, exploring key decisions, missed opportunities, and the unprecedented and uneasy partnership between government leaders and titans of finance that affects the fortunes of millions of people around the world.
Watch the full four part series at PBS: Money, Power, and Wall Street