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By Lindsay Marsh on September 25, 2016
The Vancouver Sun’s Daphne Bramham interviewed investigative reporter Jane Mayer before her UBC talk on September 15th, 2016 as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies Fall series on the U.S. election campaign. Mayer explores the power of “dark money,” which she claims makes up two-thirds of all campaign funds, due in large part to the billionaire Koch brothers. “Eighty per cent will be spent by Republican candidates for the senate, house of representatives and state governor.” Read more in this Vancouver Sun article.
By Lindsay Marsh on September 16, 2016
Author Jane Mayer explores the Koch brothers, the U.S. political right and the future of politics in America in this Maclean’s article, ahead of her talk at UBC on Sept. 23 as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies fall series on the U.S. Election. Find the Maclean’s article here. Jane examines how a clutch of wealthy conservatives have unparalleled influence among top Republican politicians—and their ideas have been seeded by think tanks and academics those same businessmen have funded. As Jane shares “It’s hard to look at Trump as a hopeful sign because, in his own way, he is offering false solutions to many problems. The possibility exists that the Kochs will walk away with even more power if Trump’s defeated.” Jane Mayer is a staff writer at the New Yorker and author of the best-selling book Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. We welcome you to share your comments on Jane Mayer’s article below.
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By Lindsay Marsh on September 15, 2016
David Frum and Peter Beinart, both editors at The Atlantic, weighed in on the forces transforming both Democrats and Republicans in this Maclean’s article. Each spoke at the University of British Columbia in Fall 2016 as part of the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies series on the U.S. election campaign. Both Frum and Beinart argue that no matter the results of the election on Nov. 8, Americans will elect a president that the majority of Americans dislike. Read the Maclean’s interview here.