Last week, we ran some expert-recommended books about money in politics. For this week's Democratic convention, we picked out some other great reading material.
President Obama seems to fall on the side that too much money corrupts politics. He suggested that American citizens should get behind a constitutional amendment process to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in favor of fewer regulations on money spent in politics.
Should Super PACs be allowed to do as they please? Or should their be a limit on private citizen spending for campaigns? Should these citizens be protected under the First Amendment (free speech) or not?
These are difficult questions to answer, but some of these books might help you get there.
"This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement"
This book tracks the Occupy Wall Street movement. The editors of "Yes!" magazine talked to people both inside and outside the protest in order to give the general public a clearer view of what the Occupy movement is all about.
"Money, Politics, and the Constitution: Beyond Citizens United" by Monica Youn (editor)
This is a collection of essays on the idea of government controlling and regulating political campaign spending. It attempts to explain why the Citizens United decision was made, and also what this decision might mean for the U.S.
"The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences" by John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff
This book provides an analysis of the 2008 financial meltdown, how and why it happened, and what it means for us for the future.
"Age of Greed: The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present" by Jeff Madrick
This book is a history of American greed, and how it created a lot of the economic problems we have today.
"Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government--and How We Take It Back" by David Sirota
Sirota discusses the high profile scandals in politics, and also ways to stop these kinds of scandals from happening.
"Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It" by Jeffrey D. Clements
Clements believes that the Citizens United decision was a win in a campaign for corporate domination. He displays how this decision will affect Americans in multiple ways.