I recently finished Jane Mayer’s Dark Money.
In a word: Stunning.
If you read one book about politics this year, make it Dark Money. This book is about much, much more than campaign finance. It’s about more than the Koch brothers, although they certainly are at the epicenter of the story. What it’s really about is how a group of perhaps two hundred insanely rich, megalomaniacal Americans who see themselves as masters of the universe have methodically seized power over the Republican Party. At every level.
And, if you follow Blog for Arizona, you’ll recognize two of the central players: Sean Noble and Randy Kendrick. Our own BlueMeanie has reported on their mischief over the years. Turns out, he under-reported it. What a surprise, huh? A couple Arizonans were major players in a plutocratic scheme to undermine our democracy. Who’d a thunk it?
Spoiler alert: There’s not a happy ending. Not yet, at least.
If you’re interested enough in politics to read this blog, Dark Money is a must read.