Danny Goldberg

Danny Goldberg is the author of the books Bumping Into Geniuses and How The Left Lost Teen Spirit and is President of Gold Village Entertainment. He serves on the Boards of Public Citizen and Stamp Stampede. 

Recent Articles

End Citizens United: Reform Group or Cash Cow?

A new multimillion-dollar PAC that claims to promote campaign finance reform has drawn progressive fire over its aggressive fundraising tactics.

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/AP Images I n March of last year, a new organization with the arguably misleading name of End Citizens United began bombarding progressive donors with high-pressure fundraising emails tailor made to exploit grassroots passions over the toxic influence of corporate and billionaire money on elections. “Will you donate $3 or more to support our work toward reforming our campaign finance system and ultimately overturning Citizens United?” read one of the dozens of fundraising emails that has hit my inbox. End Citizens United is “dedicated to countering the disastrous effects of Citizens United and reforming our campaign finance system,” declares the group’s website. But despite such lofty rhetoric, the group has done virtually nothing to actually promote a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United , the 2010 Supreme Court ruling that deregulated political spending. Instead, the group is strictly a political action committee that has raised $6.8 million...

Youth Hostile

Back in 1984, when I produced the first MTV voter-registration spots, a number of my liberal activist friends were worried about Ronald Reagan's popularity with youth. I asked then-Congressman Tom Harkin, the Democratic nominee for the Senate, if he thought increased youth turnout would hurt him in a state that, because of heavy cable penetration, had an unusually large number of MTV viewers. "If I can't get young people to vote for me," Harkin said, "I don't deserve to win." Harkin did win, and he was re-elected in 2002 to his fourth term in the Senate. However, he turned out to be one of the very few Democrats who has shown any interest in younger voters since the Reagan era. 1984 was also the year that Congressman Al Gore of Tennessee was elected to the Senate. Soon thereafter, his wife, Tipper, began attacking rock lyrics and youth culture. In the final months of the 2000 presidential campaign, Gore chose to revive these attacks on teen culture, even in his acceptance speech at...

Papa, Don't Preach

A ccording to the Voter News Service numbers, Al Gore beat George W. Bush among 18- to 29-year-old voters by a mere 2 percentage points (48 to 46), a gigantic drop in this age group from Bill Clinton's 19-point margin over Bob Dole in 1996 (53 to 34) and 11-point margin over George Bush the elder in 1992 (45 to 34). When the numbers are broken down in more detail, it is likely that Gore will emerge as having done even worse among the youngest voters. Anecdotal evidence indicates that Ralph Nader got the bulk of his support from college students, on some campuses polling more than 20 percent. Overall turnout among the 18- to 29-year-old group was 17 percent of eligible voters--approximately the same as the worst-ever 1996 rate and a drop of more than 20 percent from 1992, when Clinton's first run for the presidency energized young people. Why was it that while other parts of the Democratic base such as African Americans and labor union members...