Election 2012

Citizens United: The Dog That Didn't Bark


The Washington Examiner's Sean Higgins writes up the effect of Citizens United on Election 2012. The short version: Lots of rich people and unions wasted a lot of money.

Citizens United did allow corporations and deep-pocketed donors to pour lots of money into a campaign … much of which was simply wasted.

Among the presidential campaigns, the party committees and outside groups trying to affect the presidential race, the Republican side raised $1.03 billion this election cycle. The Democrats were very much in the same ballpark at $932 million. In short, Citizens United did not put the Democrats at a steep fundraising disadvantage. In fact, Obama's campaign ended with $93 million still in the bank—he ended up raising more money than he could actually spend.

One of the things often overlooked about the Citizens United decision was that it removed campaign restrictions on Big Labor too. That balanced out a lot of the corporate spending. Unions represented seven of the top 20 donors, both to candidates and tax-exempt 527 fundraising groups.

Read whole thing.

And watch this way-back-when 3 Reasons Not to Sweat Citizens United:

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  1. But kkkorporations are not people, something something, DEMOCRACY IS TEH AWESOME why do you hate democracy?

  2. What we really need is some sort of windfall profits tax on political consultants and the advertising industry, with the proceeds specifically locked into debt reduction. And any money left over after the campaign will be taxed at 100%.

    Foreseeable consequences are fine with me.

    1. I vote 100% income tax on those that support higher taxes for -any- particular demographic.

  3. How many of the people who say “that money was wasted” would also insist that your vote is not wasted, even if you vote for the losing candidate?

  4. Anyone seen a good comparison of money raised in each camp??

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