* Spending by outside groups jumped to $294.2 million in the 2010 election cycle, a nearly four-fold increase from the $68.9 million spent in 2006, the last mid-terms. Nearly half of that ($138.5 million) came from just 10 groups, with the biggest share by far benefiting Republicans.
* In 60 out of 75 congressional races, the candidate benefiting most from outside spending won the race -- a remarkable 80 percent win rate.
* The source of the money flooding into elections after Citizens United remains largely hidden: Because many of the independent groups aren't required to disclose their donors, barely a third -- 34 percent -- of the groups reported which people and groups gave them money.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The Corporate Appetite
A report by Public Citizen (hattip: Chris Kromm at Facing South, for bringing it to our attention) begins to show the corrosion to our democracy in 2010 from the Citizens United case, which unleashed unlimited corporate money on our electoral process: