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Press Call for Release of New Report, Auctioning Democracy: The Rise of Super PACs and the 2012 Election

Common Dreams

This Wednesday, February 8th, Demos and U.S. PIRG are holding a press call to release a new and comprehensive analysis of Federal Election Commission data on Super PACs, from their advent in 2010 through the end of 2011. This new report, “Auctioning Democracy: The Rise of Super PACs and the 2012 Election,” details FEC data findings, lays out actionable recommendations for all levels of government, and provides vivid new infographics (for use with attribution) that illustrate the damage dealt by Super PACs.

The report reveals trends in money from business, untraceable sources, and major donors since the inception of super PACs in 2010. Some of the striking findings in Auctioning Democracy include data on the percentage of itemized funds raised by Super PACs that cannot be feasibly traced back to an original source and the percentage of funds from individuals in 2011 that came in contributions of at least $10,000.