Linda Benesch, Social Security Works & Max Blumenthal, Alternet/The 51 Day War, join Thom. Special Panel Guest: Why is Big Business Funding Our National Conventions?
Brendan Fischer, Campaign Legal Center. When Apple announced last month that it was pulling its funding for the Republican convention – the discussion in the media was pretty superficial. Because Apple’s decision was in response to Trump’s candidacy – the conversation was mostly about what this meant for the future of the Republican Party. It was seen as yet another example of how Donald Trump was destroying the GOP and its brand – and – as a result – very few people actually spent time to talk about the bigger picture issue: the fact that corporations are funding political conventions in the first place. So – was this this always the case? And if not, when did it begin and why?