WHEN : Tuesday, February 27 at 6:30pm
WHERE : Chiko's Tavern (930 McCully)
READINGS : Chapters 5 of Dark Money by Jane Meyer (as epub and PDF)
and the following related articles:
Philanthropy In America Is Becoming 'Ideological Arms Race,' Author Says
Is Philanthropy Bad for Democracy?
And for folks who want to read a whole book on this topic, here's a review of The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age
The book is particularly good at capturing something that discussions of elite philanthropy often miss: The distance between elite “charity” and elite political influence is small and shrinking. The philanthropists profiled here are strategic actors trying to bring about particular outcomes, and they are eager to use their influence in a range of sectors to do so. Foundations interested in changing the educational sphere might spend money both to support charter schools and to lobby for school privatization policies. We often think of charitable donations and elite political influence as categorically distinct activities, but Callahan’s subjects are Good Samaritans and political animals at the same time.