Sunday, 23 October 2016

Book Review: Dirty Money (U.S. Presidential Elections 2016)

4.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Money is an analytical account of campaign financing
Most of us who are watching the American Presidential elections are bombarded with advertisements on TV, social media, YouTube and elsewhere. These advertisements and other campaign expenses are not cheap. We are bound to be wondering how Mr. Trump and Ms. Clinton and all the other candidates for congressional seats finance their campaigns. Dirty Money is a topical eBook that examines aspects of campaign financing.

The eBook blurb caught my attention:
"Relying heavily on information gathered from official government reports, news sources, public records, etc. the author makes a strong case for how accepting vast sums from individual donors toward one's campaign could potentially lead the politician to support policy that would ultimately benefit the contributor."

In the first chapter, the author, Mr. Arunachalam, sets the context by explaining fund raising by political interests, some of which may have a conflict of interest. This is followed by an analysis of Tax Evasion in campaign financing. The author also looks at some of the topical issues like Fracking (and big oil) and how they impact campaign financing. The author tries to explain how "dirty money" and corrupt campaign finance system impede the ability to promote free and fair elections.

Dirty Money concludes with an extensive collection of references to government, corporate and independent research, that backs up some of the Author's analysis.


Book Review:  Dirty Money (U.S. Presidential Elections 2016)
Author: Ramesh S Arunachalam

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