Money In Politics

Of the $1.11 billion in outside spending reported to the FEC, nearly one-quarter, or $257.9 million, was “dark money” that cannot be traced back to an original source. 
11/01/2012
Data Byte
Because of gaps in reporting requirements, spending reported to the FEC is only part of the picture.  Groups are not required to report to any public agency certain spending that is intended to influence an election but falls outside of certain time windows before that election.  When all...
11/01/2012
Data Byte
Almost half of all reported outside spending comes from Super PACs, the independent expenditure-only committees created in the wake of Citizens United, and Super PACs continue to receive the bulk of their funds from a small set of wealthy donors making very large contibutions.
11/01/2012
Data Byte
The two Presidential campaigns combined have reported raising $394.4 million from small donors giving less than $200, who are at least 1,972,000 individuals. Just 629 big donors giving at least $100,000 were responsible for $393.4 in Super PAC donations. 
11/01/2012
Data Byte
While it is likely that much of the business money coming into the elections is funneled through dark money sources such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which so far has spent at least $35 million on races nationwide, the analysis found that business corporations remain the second largest source...
11/01/2012
Data Byte
Outside spending organizations reported $1.11 billion in spending to the FEC through the final reporting deadline in the 2012 cycle.  That’s already a 400% increase over total 2008 outside spending.
11/01/2012
Data Byte
Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, have given $52.2 to Super PACs in the 2012 cycle, which, though a significant sum, is just .21% of their net worth.  It would take more than 322,000 average American families donating an equivalent share of their wealth ($162) to match just the Adelsons’ giving....
11/01/2012
Data Byte
A new analysis of pre-election data from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and other sources by U.S. PIRG and Demos shows that outside spending in the first presidential election since Citizens United is living up to its hype: new waves of “outside spending” have been fueled by dark money and...
11/01/2012
Publication
The Roberts Court's campaign finance jurisprudence has one over-arching theme: morphing the First Amendment into a tool for powerful interests and wealthy individuals to use to dominate the political process. This has tied the hands of advocates and policymakers working to curb the influence of big...
10/19/2012
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