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Corporate domination of U.S. electoral politics

Business Groups Giving to Democrats
By Jonathan D. Salant, Associated Press, 15 September 1999. With control of the House up for grabs, business groups that overwhelmingly favored Republicans during the Gingrich years have begun spreading more political money to Democratic candidates.
Super Tuesday Proved The US Has Become A Plutocracy, Governed By Wealth--Mainly Corporate Wealth
By William Pfaff, Chicago Tribune, 14 March 2000. Another demonstration that the American electoral system is, as a practical matter, not reformable. The candidacies of John McCain and Bill Bradley provided the best chance to change the voting system. They proposed limited but significant remedies for the takeover of the country's governing institutions by corporate and private wealth.

Limited voter participation in capitalist political democracy

Losing the Vote: The Impact of Felony Disenfranchisement Laws in the United States
Black Radical Congress Report Summary, 7 May 1999. Felony voting restrictions in the U.S. are political anachronisms reflecting values incompatible with modern democratic principles. The laws create political 'outcasts,' distort the country's electoral process and they diminish the black vote, countering decades of voting rights gains.
Voters want an alternative to the two-party system
Associated Press, 23 December 1999. Americans don't have much faith in the two-party system to elect their president, according to a recent poll. A possible race between challengers to their parties' front-runners does not lessen the voters' desire for a third-party alternative.

The emptiness of capitalist democracy

Campaign 2000: The Silence Of The Candidates Is What I Want To Talk About
By Howard Zinn, The Progressive 8 March 2000.Every day, as the soggy rhetoric of the Presidential candidates accumulates into an enormous pile of solid waste, we get more and more evidence of the failure of the American political system. The candidates for the job of leader of the most powerful country in the world have nothing important to say.
Forbidden topics in the U.S "Presidential elections"
By Ken Schechtman, in St Louis Post-Dispatch 4 June 2000. In the shadowy world of politics, debate can be a sham and inaction the intent. The fog of silence reveals a history of change in which the Washington elite began mostly from the outside looking away.
The Souls of Republicrats
By Derrick Z. Jackson, The Boston Globe 16 August 2000. Political experts say third parties cannot win the White House. Those experts have been on another planet. The past eight years have seen the White House occupied by the Republicratic Party. Can Gore and Lieberman convince the nation they have a soul, while selling out large chunks of the soul of the Democratic Party?

The electorate

La Nueva Vida: Latinos and Politics
By William Booth, Washington Post, 14 February 2000. Latinos are the fastest-growing, hottest demographic in American politics. Latinos are concentrated in the mega-states with the most electoral votes. Latinos are a mix of conservative and liberal leanings, and challenge stereotypes and defy easy labeling. Many Latinos do not consider themselves members of a unified political demographic.

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