Sunlight Foundation: Citizens United Anniversary: Its Effects on Campaign Spending and Lobbying

Written by admin on January 22nd, 2011

The Sunlight Foundation reports on the 2010 Midterm Elections spending

Common Dreams

The ruling paved the way for outside groups to partake in unregulated and often-anonymous campaign ad spending, and unleashed an unprecedented wave of outside spending in the mid-term elections. In response, the Sunlight Foundation created the “Follow the Unlimited Money” tool to shine a light on the spending information that was reported to the FEC.

Here are highlights reported by “Follow the Unlimited Money” during the 2010 mid-term elections:

Total outside spending …………………………………… $454,697,852.52

Money spent opposing candidates ……………………$300,750,179.26

Money spent supporting candidates ………………..…$77,772,653.97

Total supporting Republicans and opposing Democrats  $197,398,622.13

Total supporting Democrats and opposing Republicans… $181,124,211.10

The Colorado Senate race was the most expensive in the midterm elections with $32.78 million spent.

The Michigan 7th district was the most expensive House race with $8.55 million spent.

American Crossroads led committees intending to accept unlimited contribution amounts, with $21.55 million in outside spending, nearly four times the amount from the next highest spender.

The Democratic Congressional and Senate campaign committees (DCCC and DSCC) spent a combined total of $104.46 million on independent expenditures compared to $72.14 million spent by their Republican counterparts.

 

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