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Crucial Conversation: Big Money, Dark Money with Dr. Michael Copps

Dr. Michael Copps, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, speaks to an NC Policy Watch audience about the threat posed to our democracy by media consolidation and secretly funded elections.

Few developments in modern America pose a greater threat to the health of our democracy than the rapid consolidation of media corporations and the equally speedy demise of voter-funded elections. Increasingly, control of both our telecommunications infrastructure and our political campaigns rests in the hands of a comparatively tiny (and sometimes-overlapping) group of super-wealthy individuals and corporations.

For decades, Michael Copps has been battling these destructive trends and advancing common sense solutions — first as a longtime staff person in the U.S. Senate, then as Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and, from 2001 to 2009, as one of five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission.

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