Citizens United

Although each major party presidential candidate will likely break previous fundraising records, the big story of the 2012 election has been the role of Super PACs, nonprofits and outside spending generally. Demos and U.S. PIRG Education Fund analysis of Federal Election Commission (FEC) data and...
08/02/2012
Publication
A new study by several public policy groups indicates that half of outside spending is from groups that don't reveal their donors. According to the data, the top five "dark money" groups spent just over $53 million on TV ads for the presidential race. But because of specific tax codes related to...
08/02/2012
News/Resource
It’s no secret that some very rich people support the super PACs and other groups that have inundated the 2012 campaign with unlimited sums of cash. But a study to be released Thursday details the extent to which this kind of donating is the sport of the One Percent. Just 47 people...
08/01/2012
News/Resource
The top five outside spending organizations were responsible for 58.5 percent of reported outside spending thus far in the 2012 cycle.  
08/01/2012
Data Byte
Of the spending reported to the FEC, $12.7 million, or 7.6 percent was secret spending, not traceable to an original source.
08/01/2012
Data Byte
We define “outside spending” here as spending intended to influence a federal election that is not conducted by or coordinated with a candidate for federal office.10 The three components of such spending are “independent expenditures,” “electioneering communications,” and “issue advocacy” that is...
08/01/2012
Data Byte
  An “electioneering communication” is any broadcast, cable or satellite communication that refers to a clearly identified federal candidate; is publicly distributed by a television station, radio station, cable television system or satellite system for a fee; and is distributed...
08/01/2012
Data Byte
Because of gaps in reporting requirements this does not provide the full picture of outside spending, or of outside spending funded through secret sources.   
08/01/2012
Data Byte
These numbers, which do not include issue advocacy, are a vast underestimate of the true amount of secret money in this year’s election cycle and there is good reason to believe that outside spending by secret sources will eclipse that of transparent sources when the FEC begins to track many of...
08/01/2012
Data Byte
One might think that this cycle will look quite different thanks to the unprecedented size of the candidate-specific presidential Super PACs. But, the limited available data suggests otherwise. Kantar CMAG data posted online by the Washington Post allows us a decent view of issue ad spending on the...
08/01/2012
Data Byte
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