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see you next time. experts about people, and al jazeera has really tried to talk to people, about their stories. we are not meant to be your first choice for entertainment. we are ment to be your first choice for the news. hi everyone, this is al jazeera america, i'm john seigenthaler in new york. new allegations against the dallas hospital at the center of the ebola crisis in the u.s. we'll have a live report on the front lines in the war against ebola. one worker's unflinching account from liberia. gaining ground. i.s.i.l. moves towards bag dad as coalition bombs fall. america votes 2014. our special report, how
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immigration could shift the balance of power. . >> we begin with the warning from world health organisation, it predicts west africa could see as many as 10,000 new case, and 70% of the people who contracted ebola died. the total number of deaths reported worldwide reached nearly 4500. one of those cases was in dallas, and now the c.d.c. is investigating a nurse there, how she was infected. that is where new and disturbing allegations are being raised that the hospital where thomas eric duncan was treated was unprepared to deal with ebola. this is coming from the union that represents registered nurses at texas health
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presbyterian hospital. what can you tell us? >> john, this new report from anone nous nurses who say they were close to if not administering thomas eric duncan's care is damning. we reached out to the hospital for comment. i'd like to share revealing passages from the report. the first says: these are nurses asking the highest authority that they have access to for guidance, and receiving no clear guidance. the second passage:
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now the neck and mouth are terribly vulnerable parts for anyone doing something as sensitive as intubating a patient the the fact that that area was not covered is of concern to anyone familiar with ebola, and how it's transmitted. this allegation is disturbing on a number of levels. there's a scene you get in your mind of nurses improvising on the fly, desperately trying to cover their bodies, and having to remove that protective lay are on their open, violating several guidelines for anyone that dealt with ebola. doctors without borders and c.d.c. would say you need a trained personnel to supervise the removal of the layers. the fact that they removed tape
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on their own violates the protocol. and: now, the n 95s that they are referring to are these here. they filter out particles much the kind the nurses were told to use were standard procedural face masks. these do not do the same job as n95. these cost $0.25 a piece when we bought them. this was $2.50. they were told that they had the option of this, but some said it was not necessary. >> now, the final summary statement from the report. and i thing this is what sums it
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up is where protocols breached: >> it's hard to blame a hospital for not having protocols in place, but the scope of chaos that this new report suggests to us all suggests that any hospital that thomas eric duncan walked into might also have been at a similar loss and nurses there might have had to improvise as wildly as they did the night he arrived here. >> stand by for a second. we'll get to the allegations, and more on the crisis. with me are dana march, an assistant professor of endeemiology at the columbian medical center, and dr david newman, from mt sinai medical school. we planned for you to discuss this, some questions people have about ebola, but we want to start with the breaking news. dr newman, are health care workers prepared to deal with
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ebola? >> you know, we have been ramping up a lot. we have seen in emergency departments and public health infrastructure, that the education surrounding ebola and the management of patients that may have ebola is an awareness problem that we super earlier and now it's ramping up at a steep rate. >> no advance hands on training for the use of personal equipment for ebola. no training on what symptoms to look for. no training on what questions to ask. wep when you hear that, if that's true, how serious is it? >> communication is an enormous issue for this disease. in fact, it's - in the absence of a vaccine, it's a powerful tool of prevention that we have. it's not just the lay public that needs to be educated, but health workers, and in this case, as we see in dallas, health workers need to be
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educated on how to use their protective equipment properly, and their need to be effective protocols in place. >> given there's a healthcare worker in dallas coming down with ebola. these sound disturbing. should people be concerned about that. >> i think at this point. like i said, the curve is steep. there's a lot of awareness with all the media hype about this. as much as anything else. everybody is aware. i don't think people have a lot to fear. i think that there's an element of background training that almost everywhere gets, that often is forgotten until you get a patient like this or a scenario like this in your own institution. it may be that there has been background training, but updating the training is important. >> let me try this on you, lab specimens from mr duncan were sent to the hospital without
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being sealed or hand delivered. could the tube system be contaminated? >> potentially. ebola is a virus that can be decontaminated with the use of bleach. a standard hospital decontamination procedures, and so these kinds of issues, i think, are dealt with routinely and can be remedied. >> let's get to the important questions. why is ebola so deadly, doctor. >> ebola is one of those vir u leapt organisms, that when it gets in the human body causes dehydration, fluid disturbances, and a lot of fatalities is related to dehydration, intracellular depletion, electro light and a cas called of sepsis-type problems that come from that. >> what about the risk of mutation? >> the risk of mutation is slim. a question that people are
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concerned about is whether or not ebola has the risk of becoming airborne. in the 100 years that we have been studying these viruses that never happened. virologieses say there's -- virologists say there's no risk of that happening. >> are there different strains? >> there are. >> do they effect people. >> i think dr newman might be better placed. >> they do. they are all high fatality rates compared to the viruses dealts with on on every day basis. they tend to be more vitrescence leapt and -- virulent and dangerous. >> how does it spread. what do we know. there's history here. >> sure. so we know that ebola spreads through direct contact with bodily fluids from an infected
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person, or someone that died from ebola. if someone has bodily fluids, you shake your hand, rub your nose and could be infected. >> it could happen. it's difficult to transmit. if you were sneezed upon, the fact of you being infected is slim. you'd have to come in contact with a lot of bodily fluids. >> do you think we'll see more ebola cases in the united states? >> i think it's almost certainly. people should expect. we are a hub for travel, an international country in the sense that, you know, west africa is direct connection, one flight away. i would be shocked if we don't see a couple more cases. i would be shocked if given the public health situation and the tremendous efforts of the c.d.c., if we don't get it under control. >> in the united states, but what about the threat of other countries and regions that don't
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have the same health infrastructure, what do you think? >> it could potentially happen. the main emphasis that we need to have now is controlling jared boll at the source in west africa, in order to prevent it spreading further. >> want the airport screenings, are they septemberive? >> hard to know. it's one thing we do. when you do airport screenings, you get thousands of positives. screening by definition will capture fevers, costs, that stuff, in this realm, we are talking about people that don't have a lot of obvious symptoms, those people are quarantined quickly. minor screenings will catch a lot of people. >> if someone doesn't have fever, doesn't mean they don't have the virus. >> potentially. they can be infect with the
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virus. >> and not have fever on getting on the plane. >> that's right. and they will develop fever. >> they are not contagious at that point. >> criticize us in the media. give us your since, both of you -- sense, both of you, of how the media is covering this. whether it's been blown out of proportion. >> there's a risk of generally fear and anxiety about a disease when it's visual, like ebola. i think that we have raised that spectre of fear in the public's eye. really effectively. what we are not focussing on so much any more is what is happening in western africa. our attention has been directed away from what is happening in western africa and focussing on the participation for an epidemic of ebola in the united states. we need to shift the focus back to that source of the epidemic. >> i have been preaching that. at the same time you hear the
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world health organisation say today, you know, that we are talking 40,000 diagnosed a week by disease. that is frightening no matter where you are. >> it's a frightening reality. number one. number two, in terms of media, we haven't been very good. we focused on a lot of scary images and ideas. when we hear numbers like 40,000, we are talking about resource poor settings, and not like our own. how many die of the flu? >> more than 30,000. >> far more. >> all right. >> i think that's good information. dana, doctor, it's good to see both of you, thanks you for sharing your expertise. we appreciate it more on the story from west africa. we want to share a video from the red cross, a work are that leads the dead body management
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team. he is friday kyae and he talked about his job, the risks and the crisis.
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we want to share a video from tomorrow morning the sister of an american doctor who survived ebola joins us live. and you can see our interview tomorrow:.
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>> there are developments tonight on several fronts in the battle against i.s.i.l., security forces in iraq evacuated a military base. the abandoned training base is about 150 miles west of baghdad, and is now in i.s.i.l. hands. and in northern baghdad a suicide car bomb killed 25 people, the third day of bombings in the region. i.s.i.l. has taken responsibility for most of the attacks. along the turkish border u.s.-led air strikes intensified. 21 air strikes were conducted in and around kobane. i.s.i.l. faces tried to sees kobane for weeks. >> a coalition was meeting at joint base andrews outside of washington. leaders from 21 other nation, including president obama was there. it's the first time military officials from so many nations
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gathered since the coalition was formed. they talked about the strategy of air strikes. more from patty culhane. >> reporter: two days of meetings wrapped up with defense chiefs and 21 counterparts. palay spent about -- president obama spent about 90 minutes meeting with the chiefs and spoke about it, defending the coalition, sitting taking the moss you will -- mosul dam back and keeping erbil safe. that was at the beginning of the strike. here is what he said about the progress i.s.i.l. is making. >> this will be a long-term campaign, there's not quick fixes involved. we are at the early stages, with military effort there'll be days of progress and periods of setback. our coalition is united behind this long-term effort.
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because of the numbers of foreign fighters attracted and the chaos that i.s.i.l. created, it poses a threat behind the middle east, including to the united states, europe and far flung countries like australia. >> reporter: as defense chiefs head back to their countries, there's no change in stralt any or coalition -- strategy or coalition doing more. u.s. is doing 80%, it doesn't look like that will change soon. >> patty culhane reporting late last month 43 students vanished in mexico, officials tested remains from a mass graves. bodies were discovered near the site of where the students disappeared. rachel has more. >> preliminary as a result of the d.n.a. samples taken from the 28 bodies found near the site of where the students went
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missing in mexico are not matches, according to the attorney-general who made the statement on tuesday in the capital. however, the news was not yet received mere in guerrero, where the families gather and march on tuesday they had a peaceful march through the state capital. again, frustration, anger and demanding answers from the government as to where their missing loved ones may be. the searches continued daily by federal authorities in the area of iguala, an area where the student were last seen before being attacked by local press. the president made a statement saying and vowing he'd bring to justice any and all of those who have been involved in this terrible tragedy that continues here in mexico that's rachel levin reporting. still ahead - america votes
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2014. this week the politics of immigration, and the delayed hopes for reform. plus... >> like many people all around the country alaskans are debating a hike in minimum wage. i'm allen schauffler, south-west of anchorage, where being at the low end of the wage scale is a little different. that story ahead.
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we learn that a central figure in an infamous cold war spy case died. david green class who testified was 93. he was ethyl rosenberg's brother. he gave the rosenbergs secret
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information that helped russia develop the atomic bomb and said statements against his sister was a lie. he spent 10 years in prison, and the rosen bergs were executed voters have a lot of decisions. five states will decide whether to address the minimum wage. alaska is one, the debate over higher wages is different as allen schauffler reports. >> reporter: have you heard this, alaska is different, bigger and more expensive. geography means higher prices and wages for almost every job. 4,000 full of time workers make the minimum wage, $7.75, $0.50 higher than the national minimum. alaskan voters join a handful deciding whether to give workers at the bottom of the pay scale a
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raise. >> in an anchorage k.f.c., we find this young girl working the only job she had. most of her time she made the minimum, getting more now she's on the counter. she says her pay hasn't kept up with the cost of living. >> you have to do. >> reporter: life could use an extra $0.75 an hour. >> yes, that helps. >> alaska's medium household income is 40% higher than the u.s. average. it's the fourth most expensive state to live in. and one stop on our alaskan trip we pay $7.90 a gallon for gas. >> government pace two-thirds of jobs, and oil changes the income formula. alaska's different. oil revenue supports the permanent fund, spinning a dividend payment going to everybody. this year it was $1884 just for
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being an alaskan. >> >> reporter: how good is it to get the dividend check? >> so nice. nice to get that money. yes. mostly you pay tax. >> reporter: another thing that changes the work for wages concept is wide-open territory. there's lots of food if you know how to hunt it down. not many jobs. the village is 330 miles from anchor age, and a boat ride from the road. the village police officer - we think that's him. >> he takes us across the lake and delivers us to the mayor, and takes us for a tour of the town. population 200 or so. how many jobs are here? >> maybe about four that are full-time. >> just four. all of them pay substantially
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more than the minimum. 12-14 an hour. clearly this is a place where getting by has less to do with paychecks, and more to do with alaskan challenges. >> this year not everyone got - caught their moose, you know and allan will report all week on the issues in alaska. join us friday for our special report "five days in alaska." coming up next - the crisis at the border, and no political solution in site. an indepth look at immigration in or election special - america votes 2014. plus, it's a super-pact that wants to put an end to all the other super pacts. that's coming up.
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it's one of roger mercado's
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most talked about problems. immigration, the future of 11 million undocumented people in the u.s. washington will not deal with it before the election. with the mid terms just three weeks away, how could immigration impact the balance of power. our special report - america votes 2014. >> i'm john seigenthaler in new york. the crisis on the border has not gone away. washington avoided taking action. voters are paying attention. politicians paid for it in november, it could mean a major shift in power in washington. paul beban joins us with more. >> offering undocumented immigrants, a path to legal status is something democrats and republicans support. there's never been enough common ground to make a deal. if that's been the case, since president bush failed, and 2004
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and 2006. the obama administration push managed to produce a bipartisan bill in the senate, but it died in the house in the middle of the crisis on the border. >> over the summer, with women and children surge aring across the southern -- surging across the southern border and immigration going nowhere fast president obama announced he was taking matters into his own hands. >> i'll make a newest to fix the immigration system as much as i can on my open. >> reporter: the system was overwhelmed, border patrol over worked, under prepared. shelters overflowing with people neeing. rumours of a non-existent permit was a problem. >> translation: we went because of a permit. we heard if a parent arrived with a child they'd have permission to go to the u.s.
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>> reporter: the permit rumour may have been a tipping point, at the root of the crisis were horrifying levels of drug crime and violence, racking el salvador, guatemala and honduras. those counted ris in the summer were -- countries in the summer were overwhelmed by the wave of those forced to turn around. >> they were on their way to the u.s., they've been brought back to the government. some have families to meet them, others are here to stay. they'll be transported to another shelter. we saw change coming off by themselves. it's a chaotic scope. >> back in the u.s., the flood of immigrants trying to cross the border dropped to a trickle by july. obama administration policies were blamed for luring them in the first place. >> if immigration reform will work, it's essential that american people have the
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confidence that it's being done correctly. >> human traffickers were partly to blame for spreading a mauls rumour. and the president, despite promising to fix the problem ... america can't wait forever. >> reporter: decided america could wait until after the midterms. the delay infuriated immigration activists, calling him deport potter in chief. >> -- deporter-in-chief. >> we are experiencing the effects of the rehabilitation, of making this a -- reaction of making this a political footballer. it has been done so by both parties. >> as long as the parties kicked the football around. millions who built their lives in america. people with jobs and families, people with hopes and dreams -
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they be left to wonder what the future holds in a land they think of as home. >> just months after president obama called the situation on the border a humanitarian crisis, the number of unaccompanied minors, the change entering the country dropped to a low. most analysts say it's a dip that could see the same spike that we saw in the spring. if we do, we are certain to see a replay of the rang lipping about what to do. >> thank you. >> the immigrant population growing fast. five times faster than the u.s. population. jonathan betz has that story. >> the u.s. is the world's destination by far. more move here than anywhere else, followed by russia and germany. overall there's more than 40 million immigrants in the u.s., 30% of the population was born some place else. that's almost as high as the peak in the early 1900s, when
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europeans pored in. most come from mexico and south-east asia. more than 11 million came illegally. it has been dropping. most of the country's immigrants, those here legally and illegally live in five states. california has the most. followed by new york, texas, florida and new jersey. parts of the south saw spikes. since 2000, these five states, mississippi, la alabama ha huge jumps, jumping by 80% on average. tennessee saw the biggest. it's a sign the country is more diverse, in more places. >> that's jonathan betz. the influx of unaccompanied children had ramifications beyond the border. reporters in texas, louisiana
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and new york give a sense of impact. >> the flow of children migrating over the border into texas flowed dramatically since june. the number never reaching feared levels. at one point this summer homeland security estimated the number of children could be as high as 90,000, as more than 10,000 streamed across the boarder. the total is 68,400, according to numbers released last week. in september 24th, '00 unaccompanied minors crossed the border. homeland security credits the flow to increased border security and the urging of central american leaders to discourage trips north. rick perry, who dispatched 1,000 members to the border might disagree with the assessment. troops are on duty, and texas plans on keeping the national guard there until the federal government dispatches staffing
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for the border patrol i'm jonathan martin in new orleans. public schools in louisiana are scrambling to educate unaccompanied children that crossed the border. 1400 have arrived. they are allowed to stay with family and go to school. public schools are required to provide a public education for all children regardless of education. it could cost the louisiana taxpayers more than $25 million, according to the immigration reform group fair. some school groups are having a tough time to find bilippingual -- bilingual teachers. some offering bonus s. >> i'm morgan radford. in new york city many have arrived living with family members and sponsors. like manuel from honduras. i met manuel in june when he was
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reunited with his family for the first time innate years. he -- in eight years. he tried to cross the border to texas. he was caught and spent a month in a juvenile detention center, when authorities put him on a plane. undocumented immigrants arriving in new york have a better chance of having their futures decided here. >> in fact, roughly 80% of asylum seekers cases are granted here, as opposed to 50% of the national average. for manuel he had his hearing, but is awaiting his result. >> how big is immigration playing nationwide. let's check in with mike viqueira with more at the white house? >> good evening to you. immigration is one of a number of issues playing in a state by state basis. this is not an election, the midterm three weeks from tonight. there's an overriding issue.
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immigration is one issue. let's take two key battle ground states and look how it's playing, cutting both ways against republicans and democrats. they are arkansas and colorado. tom cotton, a conservative house member, taking on mark pryor, democratic incumbent. when president obama wept back on a plage to do something about -- pledge to do something about immigration reform. he was thinking about arkansas. the goal was to fire up the base. and get them to the polls. it fired up the wrong base in arkansas. and got republicans to the polls as opposed to democrats. however, when president obama went back on his promise in colorado, we heard about the rising and substantial already existing latino population and voting population, the democrat there is in trouble. it was unexpected. mark udall, a democrat, a
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challenger in cory gardner. it cuts both ways. on balance the white house figured it was a bad idea. it might help them retain the senate. it will hurt them in other states like colorado. >> let's talk about the g.o.p. can they block reform on the hill and not suffer political consequences? >> absolutely not. in the long term that's no question. we say see state and local elections where republicans are anti-reform, they call it amnesty, a path to citizenship or league ate, it's not going to go -- leaguality, it's not going to go anywhere for them. the hispanic vote is doubling by 2030. the republicans recognised this. they made signs, it will tackle
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a piecemeal approach in the house. look no further than eric cantor. he made a modest overture about allowing the young children brought as youngsters to stay without the threat of deportation and it was defeated by a conservative media, and other conservative activists. they want to move forward to the president's position. they are handcuffing him. they can't do it. it will cost them in the long run. >> mike viqueira at the white house. thank you. >> wendy is a latino strategist and host of "knowledge is power", and joins us. welcome. it's good to see you. >> good to see you. >> who do latinos blame, the republicans or the democrats. >> i think they blame both parties at this point. they are looking at the fact that the white house administration hasn't done anything, a lot of promises, unbroken promises, or broken,
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but republicans are not doing much to attract latinos with fear-mongering. >> do they stay home in midterm election? >> there's a lot of talk about latinos not going to vote. but you have other latino activists, like eva longoria to motivate lat eeno, to say regardless of your party, it's important to come out and represent, and be a key demographic. if they stay home, what impact does that have on the election? >> if latinos stay home, it could be devastating to encum bants or incredibly a good thing for someone running in opposition of whatever is in the office at the moment. it sends the wrong message. if we talk about latinos being a sleeping giant, and not showing up to the polls, what voice or
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representation does, that latinos have, when it comes to the noods and issues -- needs and issues affecting the community. >> is the latino vote a sleeping giant? >> i never liked the idea of a sleeping giant. it's a constant snooze. the latino vote could be a factor in electing the next president. in fact, latinos were crucial in electing president obama in key states. constantly referring to the community can be problematic. they need to register to vote and vote. >> what has to happen for the latinos to get behind a particular political candidate. >> it's a lot of issue-based ideology. we look at immigration. al jazeera is doing an amazing
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piece on immigration, but immigration is not the only issue. we have to look at the economy and jobs and education, ensuring that there's a next generation, maintaining jobs. it can be motivating for the country. it's looking at candidates speaking to a variety of issues. >> what do you say to poll fairness linking the i.s.i.l. threat to border security? >> it's a great way to alienate latino voters. if the republicans do that and fear moppinger across the country. you alienate latinos that see the border not as something that separates the country, but something that unites the country. a lot are bicultural, bilingual. when you do that, and cues a border as a way to fear monger, that's a reason latinos will not
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like your view point. >> today to see you. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> next - we follow the money in one closely watched senate race. >> senate minority leader mitch mcconnell may be breathing easier. >> plus - one man's attempt at taking money out of politics, and why he's spending big money to do it. >> many of these involved
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>> announcer: america votes 2014 today the democratic senatorial campaign committee says it will no longer air tv ads in kentucky, not a good sign for the candidate hoping to defeat mitch mcconnell. the committee said it spent nearly $2 million supporting kentucky secretary of state alison lundergan grimes. and there have been tens of millions spent in political ads, attack ads by mitch mcconnell and his supporters. alison lundergan grimes and mitch mcconnell faced off in a debate. the democrat was understand fire for refusing to say how she voted in the last presidential election. >> why are you reluctant to give an answer on whether or not you voted for president obama? >> bill, there's no reluctansy, it's a matter of principal. our constitution grants in
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kentucky the constitutional right for privacy at the ballot box, you have that right. i have it. the secretary of state, i'm tasked with overseeing and making sure we are enforcing all of our election laws. >> the most recent polls in the kentucky senate race show mitch mcconnell with a 3-point lead. this election year an interesting idea is catching on. a group wants to remove money from poll terks, worried -- politics, worried politicians are focussed on fundraising. >> me and my bodies want to take your tax dollars and hand them to the copies and lobbyists that bank roll the campaign. >> reporter: in politics money happiness. >> you and your husband could max out. >> it's spent like never before. >> i don't believe that mark is honours with alaskans.
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>> reporter: something a harvard professor hopes to end. he launched a movement - fight big money and politics with big money. he's raising millions to help candidates that will push for public funding of campaigns. >> the government is broken, 90% link the failure to the role of money in politics. >> to do it he started something he eventually wants to get rid of, a political action committee, called may day, a super pack to end all super pacts. >> this is the ultimate elixir to get big money out of politics. >> counter campaign finance laws allow super pacts to spend as much as they want as long as they don't work with the candidates. they have been flourishing since 2010 when the supreme court slashed what could be spent. for the 2012 election, 1300
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super pacts raised nearly a billion. 60% of that came from 100 people. folks like sheldon, the casino mogul spending $92 million, or former new york mayor michael bloomberg, spending $10 million. >> pick up the phone... >> the may day pact is pushing back, saying it raised $8 million to back eight candidates, including democrat rick wi land running for senate in south dakota. >> rick wi land is for us. >> plenty are rolling their eyes. political called the idea a farce. >> they are spending billions. some say campaign reform is not a burping issue for voters. >> there's not a lot of politicians ready to get big money out of politics. >> some are long shots. >> i do not want this country
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engaged in a third war. >> one, republican jim rooubans has lost. others seem set for victory. backed by a group trying to spin to win. >> what it is, is a conundrum for a lot of people to use big dollar money to get big dollar money out of politics. >> may day says the round is a test to gauge interest and success. the real focus is for 2016, and getting enough candidates to congress. it may be the ultimate test to change a system that has them elected. >> jonathan betz. jay newton is a congressional correspondent for "time," and reported on the impact of super pacts in political races. welcome. >> thank you for having me on. let me go back to kentucky. a story that the national party
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is not going to spend more on political ads. >> that's what they are saying, or the mun will be spent better elsewhere. we have two states that entered of fray, kansas and south dakota where you have independentens, mounting strong bids that could unseat encum pants or hand the -- incumbents or hand the seat to democrats. they figure their money is better spent in those seats, and forcing republicans to spend money in those seats, and alison lundergan grimes did what she was meant to do, forcing mitch mcconnell to spend $60 million to spend money on his seats. >> three weeks out. the polls show they are behind three points, and democrats are pulling out? >> well, i mean look, democrats were not - the dscc is an arm of democrats. as the last showed,
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there's tonnes of independent money, advertising that is going into the race. this is a 40 million race on her sides. there's tens of millions going in. one group, the dscc, the democratic central campaign committee. it's not going to make that much of a difference. there's so much funny, the most expensive history. pulling a million, or 2 million of money didn't going to make a huge difference. >> let's talk about the may day pact. will it be successful in finance campaign reform, do you think, or not? >> certainly not this cycle. i mean, if they are setting it up for the long run and manage to elect a bunch of members to congress, that down the road you could do finance reform, that's great. there's no desire in, you know, congress, to do campaign reform, and electing that many members to do so will be a challenge.
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it's going to take, frankly, decades to do. i hope they are laying expectations low with the funders, and this is a long, long game for them. >> hope they are in for the long haul. when it comes to money spent on the election, which party do you think has been most effective so far? >> i think certainly the democrats have been unified in their messaging, focussed and funnelling their money through certain groups and pacts, and really kind of focussing all their money in certain races and issues, and not really - except for pacts like may day, there's not a lot of freelancing. republicans are kind of all over the place. as mentioned earlier, aidel ston funds online gambling in florida and different issues. republican issues is parochial. all the various issues that are
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specific, whether it be fracking, energy or other things, and it's all over the place. in that sense it's more disciplined in spending. >> is there a legislative fix to the reforms? >> obviously there is a legislative fix, and congress has been trying to pass it since the previous law was shot down. unfortunately the last two attempts to pass that fix was, you know, stumbled across the n.r.a., the national rifle association, which wanted to spend unlimited money. it's a powerful lobby, it didn't work. >> it is. >> the biggest person blocking if is mitch mcconnell, one of the biggest advocates for unlimited campaign spending. if he releases the seat, it's because they spent so much against him. >> it is ironic.
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nouns noups america votes 2014 the biggest decision that voters will make in the midterms is control of congress. senate races in six states will determine if republicans take control of both chambers. one is alaska. allen schauffler spent a week there talking to voters about the issues. >> john, i'll talk about pot. marijuana is on the ballot in daniel lak. the last frontier is the -- in alaska. it is the last froopt ear by a -- frontier by an advocacy book for legalization. there are a lot of pot smokers in this state. another is the pebble mun, one of the biggest cold and copper mines in north america. local fishermen and environmental groups have been fighting about it. and there'll be a vote on whether the legislature will
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have the final say. and the advertising war in the senate race. it's close, and the ad war is not pretty. more than $42 million spent in the race swinging the balance of power in the u.s. senate. >> make sure you tune in friday night for a special election report - 5 days in alaska. airing 8:30 and 11:30 eastern time. that's the programme. next week we continue the focus on the issues. i'm john seigenthaler. have a good night.
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