Adam is back this week, and ready to talk about the presidential candidates and how they're raising and spending money. Adam and Francoise tackle some of the big questions, like who's raised the most money? Who's spent the most money? Who's raised the most from small donors? And what would Adam do if he could wave his magic wand?
You may have heard a lot lately about super PACs -- it seems like every presidential has one these days. If you don't know what a super PAC is, you're not alone, so this week, we speak with Jenn Williams, the director of major gifts at Every Voice, who breaks down what a PAC is, what a super PAC is, and how the two are different. We also talk about the rise of super PACs, and how it's giving a handful of very wealthy people a big voice in the political process.
This week, Adam talks to Laura Friedenbach. In addition to being Every Voice's press secretary, Laura lived in the UK for five years. They talk about the differences in how money and politics mix in the UK, including short, defined campaigns, party spending limits, and the recent introduction of debates.
This week, Adam speaks with Will Roberts, the legislative director at Every Voice Center. Will is a registered lobbyist himself, and he explains to Adam what he does all day, how he differs from corporate lobbyists, how lobbyists end up writing legislation, and what steps we can take to ensure that our representatives listen more to voters, and less to lobbyists.
Welcome to our first episode! Adam Smith and Francoise Stovall talk about what to expect from this podcast, candidates who just filed quarterly FEC reports, Orange Is The New Black and private prison money, and we end with a Gut Check that pinpoints Francoise's weakness for Beyonce.