US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says ‘dark money’ is bending the country’s major institutions to the rich and powerful.
Americans’ trust in all levels of their government – including the presidency and Congress, and now the Supreme Court – is falling rapidly.
One of the top court’s justices, Clarence Thomas, was found to have been showered in pricey gifts from a billionaire businessman for years. The case has put the court’s ethics under scrutiny.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse tells host Steve Clemons that “dark money” – unlimited amounts of cash from undisclosed sources – has poisoned Americans’ faith in all pillars of US democracy.
So what are the consequences? And is there any way to restore faith in public institutions?