Episode 145: Political Consultants Win Even When They Lose

David Axelrod, Alex Castellanos, James Carville, and Newt Gingrich speak during Politicon at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Every campaign season has its winners and its losers — but there are some people who win no matter what happens.

Political consultants are considered a necessity in today’s elections, and about half of all money spent in campaigns is going through consultants, whether their candidate wins or loses.

Adam Sheingate, a professor at Johns Hopkins University, explores the world of political consultants in his new book “Building a Business of Politics: The Rise of Political Consulting and the Transformation of American Democracy.” And he tells Jimmy that business is booming.

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