Annie Leonard Derides Corporate Influences on American Democracy [Video]

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Annie Leonard is a whiz at tackling tough topics (bottled water, the cosmetics industry) in viral video-sized spans of time. Her latest, The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, is no different. The video explores "the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy," according to Leonard, and begins to explore some of the reasons why corporations can dodge the blame for mucking up the environment.

It's certainly a contentious video—one that is likely to peeve viewers who appreciate the major role that large companies play in democracy. It could be argued that some corporations even wield this outsized power for good (see this Treehugger post on how Walmart is becoming the new EPA). Check out Leonard's video below.

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  • Dan Fonseca

    What an inspiring video! Corporate election spending should have been a no brainer. If we continue to treat companies like humans we are bound to get into more trouble. Besides, when did we ever think that made sense? Corporations = Humans? A 3rd grader could have told you that doesn't make sense, come on now. Am I right? Cause if I'm not, I'm waiting to be convinced...