Campaign Finance and Upcoming Elections

Campaign Finance and Upcoming Elections

Changes in corporate and special interest spending for 2012: How recent court decisions on campaign financing could influence upcoming elections.

Money from outside political groups has poured in to today’s special election in Upstate New York. One of the biggest donors has been the Republican-backed American Crossroads. In South Carolina, the pro-Democratic group Priorities U.S.A. has begun running ads against Mitt Romney. In the year following the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, dozens of groups known as “super PACs” have sprung up. The groups can raise and spend unlimited sums of money. Non-profit groups have also gotten more involved in politics, and they don’t have to disclose donors. Advocates for campaign finance reform say the influence of these outside groups could be dangerous. Fundraisers say they’re perfectly legal. A look at the changing rules of campaign finance.


Trevor Potter

former chair of the Federal Election Commission, president and general counsel of The Campaign Legal Center, and a lawyer at Caplin & Drysdale

Stanley Brand

is partner with the Brand Law Group, former counsel to the House of Representatives, and a law professor at Penn State University

Dan Eggen

reporter, Washington Post

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