Thom --- at face value, this story alone would be cause for considerable concern; but when you stop to realize that Big Oil is only one of the Big owners of our "democracy" -- one's mood really turns gloomy.
Thom, as the clearest and most informed thinker that any of us know, when it comes to our experiment in democracy -- I have a request of you: Would you please advise us on how to respond to the incessant pleas for contributions from "our side", as they battle to balance the message-spending. Every day I get 6-10 emails (I don't even pick up my phone anymore...) from good, progressive candidates; office holders; organizations; etc. (You probably get several times that!) And I'm getting *very* frustrated, because I know that the huge bank-roll on the other side will indeed buy votes (rightly or wrongly -- that's just the way it is) --- but I could give every non-essential nickel I have, and, in a lifetime, not counterbalance one day's chump change from the Koch brothers, or Adelson, or any Republican Super PAC. I feel I have to try...... but, at the same time, I feel like I'm on a fool's errand.
Please think deeply about this, and give us a short, on-air segment on how to proceed; and how to think about what is feeling more and more like we're just playing into the money-in-politics problem. Thanks in advance. Warmest regards, Mike