As record amounts of money have flooded into politics in recent years, polls have shown that the public sees Congress as out of touch with America – and wildly corrupt. On this episode, you’ll hear Republican Congressman Ken Buck agreeing with that view. He is sounding an alarm with a new book called “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption Is Worse Than You Think.” Of course, Buck may look like the epitome of what he is now lamenting: he is a former staffer for Dick Cheney, and has raised millions of dollars for his campaigns and has consistently voted to support legislation that helps his donors’ industries. But he argues that there is a difference between “ideological fundraising” and “transactional fundraising.” He also rejected assertions that President Trump appointing corporate billionaires to top government jobs violates the president’s promise to “drain the swamp.”

 

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