Citizens United Unleashes GOP Shadow Groups, in Campaign Spending Frenzy
October 4, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—The Democrats are outpacing the Republicans in direct donations leading up to the mid-term elections, but it’s not nearly enough to hold off the coming tidal wave of secret campaign spending by shadowy special interest groups, acting essentially as money laundering conduits for big money from wealthy corporate donors. Since the controversial Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court, which dismantled decades-long campaign rules to prevent corporate money from directly influencing federal elections, a slew of non-profit groups with innocuous sounding names have sprung up nearly overnight, with millions of dollars to spend, mostly to help Republican candidates get elected. And the identity of the donors does not have to be revealed thanks to the Citizens United ruling produced by a radical conservative court.
The Washington Post conducted an analysis of recent spending by the shadowy special interest groups:
“Interest groups are spending five times as much on the 2010 congressional elections as they did on the last midterms, and they are more secretive than ever about where that money is coming from.”
“The $80 million spent so far by groups outside the Democratic and Republican parties dwarfs the $16 million spent at this point for the 2006 midterms. In that election, the vast majority of money – more than 90 percent – was disclosed along with donors’ identities. This year, that figure has fallen to less than half of the total, according to data analyzed by The Washington Post.” [...]
“The bulk of the money is being spent by conservatives, who have swamped their Democratic-aligned competition by 7 to 1 in recent weeks.”
It’s a very different political landscape now, one that is dominated by special interests. “This ruling strikes at our democracy itself,” said President Obama, soon after the ruling was handed down.