Super PACs

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
With Super PACs and "dark money" groups drowning out the voices of average citizens in a sea of (often secret) cash, now is the time to push our elected leaders to step up to build a democracy in which the strength of a citizen's voice doesn't depend upon the size of her wallet.  SOURCE: ...
10/22/2012
Data Byte
The historic elections taking place this November will not just decide what candidates win or lose, or even "just" what policy directions our states and country will take. They will also be a test for democracy itself. I served as Secretary of the State in Connecticut during the 1990s, and we had...
09/28/2012
Blog
This week the Pew Research Center reported that candidate campaigns and outside spending groups have nearly a third more influence over narratives around presidential candidates'  characters than they did just 12 years ago, whereas journalist influence has shrunk by nearly half This...
08/24/2012
Blog
How a very small number of wealthy Americans decide the priorities of our elected government. SHARE ON FACEBOOK. Click on image to expand.
08/16/2012
Data Byte
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