Wendell Potter, Nation On the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It (w/Nick Penniman)/Center for Public Integrity/Center for Media and Democracy, joins Thom. The United States of America is now – for lack of a better word – the best democracy money can buy. Billionaire oligarchs like the Koch Brothers now outspend political parties – members of congress spend most of their day begging for donations instead of writing new laws – and lobbyists make millions and billions selling access to the commons. Needless to say – this is not the world our founding fathers envisioned when the declared a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” We are now – as my guest for tonight’s Conversations with Great Minds has titled his new book – A “Nation on the Take.” So how did we get to this point? And how can we reform our campaign finance system to reclaim the democratic institutions our founders created?