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2014 Midterm GOP Coup d’état (01:24)


House of Representatives candidates who spent the most money won 94% of the time. Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers backed eleven Republican senators, supported by Citizens United.

Richmond Local Political Battle (01:08)

Mayor Gayle McLaughlin sued Chevron for pollution negligence. Chevron spent $3 million to install a favorable city council, but the community voted for progressive candidates.

Democracy Victory (01:49)

Bill Moyers welcomes McLaughlin and journalist Harriet Rowan who uncovered Chevron's campaign budget. McLaughlin discusses grassroots mobilization strategies for the Richmond election.

David vs. Goliath (01:08)

Chevron spent $350 per voter against McLaughlin; she spent less than $1 per voter. The corporation has increased campaign funding since 2010 but Richmond voters cannot be bought.

Holding Chevron Accountable (01:12)

The Richmond refinery produces 10% of global sales. McLaughlin and the city council seek damages for a 2012 fire and aim to reduce pollution in the community.

Exposing Chevron Spending (02:00)

Rowan describes following corporate contributions in the 2014 Richmond campaign. Approximately $3 million was spent, most likely in an effort to reduce settlement payouts.

Chevron Ad Campaign (01:20)

Rowan describes political ads on Richmond billboards. Pamphlets and "talking" mailers inundated registered voters.

Taking over City Government (00:48)

Chevron-backed candidates said they would work with the corporation. In the 1990s, Chevron had a desk in the Richmond municipal office.

Fair Taxation Campaign (00:55)

Chevron only pays 12% of Richmond's budget. McLaughlin outlines a ballot measure raising corporate municipal taxes.

Richmond Settlement (00:60)

Chevron pled no contest to damages from a refinery fire. McLaughlin discusses how leading the community's lawsuit motivated her to fight for the election.

Standing Up against Chevron (01:13)

McLaughlin discusses the Richmond community's fight for a better life in the context of corporate American dominance.

Voter Confusion (01:12)

Rowan discusses how Chevron's negative campaigning lowered voter turnout—mirroring national trends.

Citizen's United (01:21)

Rowan confirms the Supreme Court ruling that allowed Chevron unlimited spending on the Richmond campaign. McLaughlin believes it will destroy democracy, if unchecked.

Shadow Candidates (01:39)

Rowan cites two city council candidates that Chevron installed in Richmond just before the 2014 election. The company started its own newspaper to counter "Richmond Confidential."

Eminent Domain Program (03:57)

The National Association of Realtors urged Richmond residents to vote for Corky Boozé, who opposed the city's mortgage refinance program helping homeowners avoid foreclosure.

Local Political Lessons (01:20)

McLaughlin learned that grassroots community mobilization can overcome corporate power. Visit for further analysis of the Richmond election.

Credits: Moyers & Company: Facing Down Corporate Election Greed (01:34)

Credits: Moyers & Company: Facing Down Corporate Election Greed

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In this edition of Moyers & Company, Bill speaks with Green Party Leader Gayle McLaughlin and journalist Harriet Blair Rowan about the small city of Richmond, California where in recent elections a slate of progressive candidates challenged pro-business candidates, backed to the tune of more than $3 million by the energy giant Chevron, and won. They discuss the great success of the billions spent by wealthy individuals and companies in other races across the country and how to fight back, using Richmond’s example as a model for future fights of organized people versus organized money. Broadcast date: November 7, 2014.

Length: 27 minutes

Item#: FPT66044

ISBN: 978-1-60057-699-7

Copyright date: ©2014

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