Super PACs drive a near-doubling in federal election spending

Some amazing paragraphs posted this afternoon at opensecrets.org:

The amount of outside spending for ads and other purposes in the current election cycle is nearly double what had been spent at the same point in 2008, according to calculations by the Center for Responsive Politics.

As of Jan. 24, $44.6 million had been spent on independent expenditures, electioneering communications and communications from unions to members and corporations to shareholders. At the same point in 2008, the figure was $23.1 million, and in 2010 it was $21.1 million.

The knock-out figure: 95 percent of this cycle’s spending can be traced to presidential super PACs.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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21 comments Add your comment

Centrist

January 24th, 2012
6:08 pm

That is NOT amazing, but quite expected. It will get even higher after the party conventions.

atlnative

January 24th, 2012
6:08 pm

Super PACS and lobbyists formulate governmental public policy and influence legislation more than ever before.The power is in the money ,not the people!

DannyX

January 24th, 2012
6:35 pm

Wow, welcome back Centrist. I honestly didn’t expect you to come back under your “Centrist” screen name, good for you. You sure got the Republican presidential primary race totally wrong. Amazing how wrong you have been.

You may not be a very good political pundit but you’re fun to have around, again, welcome back! We missed you.

Dumb and Dumber

January 24th, 2012
6:52 pm

As Mitt says, corporations are just people, too. According to the Five of the Supremes, money = free speech, thus corporations, the very very wealthy, unions, etc., just have more free speech than us. Its only fair …. its not like politicians are elected to care about “natural” persons…that sounds so repellent and … “liberal” …yuck.

I agree with “Centrist” its time we quit the BS and focus on what really matters — corporate profits!

Centrist

January 24th, 2012
7:06 pm

I admit I never saw how the left wing media via Fox’s Juan Williams and ABC/CNN and John King would make Gingrich look so good when he took them on with their loaded race baiting and ex-wife accusation related questioning. It gave Gingrich South Carolina, but doubt he will topple Romney in the longer run. We’ll see.

Obama Sucks

January 24th, 2012
7:25 pm

What about all the special interest money by lobbyist that control and own the politicans in Washington. President Obama received more lobbyist money than any other politican in history. The Lobbyist own President Obama. And 2008 candidate Senator Barrack Obama promised that he wouldn’t take any lobbyist money. I guess President Obama lied didn’t he.

td

January 24th, 2012
7:52 pm

I do not like the fact that a super pac can get all of its money from secret donations. All money spent on politics should have a person’s name and occupation attached to it.

td

January 24th, 2012
7:54 pm

Obama Sucks

January 24th, 2012
7:25 pm

Obama also received double the money from the banking industry and wall street then McCain but that information seems to be ignored by most of the “main stream media”.

td

January 24th, 2012
7:59 pm

Centrist

January 24th, 2012
7:06 pm
I admit I never saw how the left wing media via Fox’s Juan Williams and ABC/CNN and John King

I think Newt’s win has a little more appeal then just him jumping on the “lame stream media”. Newt has been able to tap into the anger of the conservatives that are sick and tired of footing the bills for the parasites in this country. They are also angry with a Democratic party that refuses to think about cutting spending and angry at a President that is taking the country closer and closer towards democratic socialism. He is willing to stand up and fight for conservative values and this is what the conservatives want and Romney just can not do it.

Obama Sucks

January 24th, 2012
8:18 pm

We are also very angry at the lame strret media because we are sick and tried of the one sided bias for the stupid corrupt liberal democrats.

double

January 24th, 2012
8:23 pm

9 post all belonging to TD.Any wonder he gets into so much trouble, as of late.

Centrist

January 24th, 2012
8:45 pm

td posted “Newt has been able to tap into the anger of the conservatives that are sick and tired of footing the bills for the parasites in this country. They are also angry with a Democratic party that refuses to think about cutting spending and angry at a President that is taking the country closer and closer towards democratic socialism. He is willing to stand up and fight for conservative values and this is what the conservatives want and Romney just can not do it.”

If I thought Gingrich would be any more effective at getting those things done, I’d be for him. But I don’t see him electable because of his character flaws, contracts with FNMAE, and inability to get along with others including many in his own party. I’m certain there are other centrists like me who won’t hold their noses and vote for him. If he is the nominee, I’ll either vote for the Libertarian or leave that part of my ballot blank.

MrLiberty

January 24th, 2012
8:49 pm

The mainstream media are completely worthless – yes, that of course includes the AJC. If they were doing their jobs, uncovering and covering the truth about the candidates, actually covering their real records, and being the supposed “free press” they were supposed to be, the SUPER PACS would not have to spend so much money making sure people know the truth about their candidates and the others.

In the debates there are no real questions about the economy, the federal reserve, the war on drugs, Iran, the failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, economic recovery plans, the free market, the housing bubble, jobs, etc.

Instead we see a carefully manipulated stage show that serves to enhance the flavor of the week while calculatedly excluding folks like Ron Paul, Gary Johnson and others from any comments, or reducing their exposure to such minimal levels and to render them and their ideas irellevant to the discussion. As if the media is the gatekeeper to our future. As if they haven’t been the cheerleaders of every failed policy of the past (can you say WMD?).

The media is wholly owned by the government, the political elite, the banking cartel, and the corporatist leaders that exploit the middle class and the poor in this country. The Super Pacs finally allow the average american or wealthier americans to finally be able to voice their opinions without the restrictive limits the incumbent clowns put on everyone’s free speach.

Of course there are problems with them. What failed government measure doesn’t engender another worse government solution? There has never been an example of anything else in our history. Nonetheless, the internet, YouTube especially, and the Super Pacs are finally leveling the playing field and taking away the power the media have had for too long. I say keep the billions coming and keep the free speech flowing. And screw the media.

Centrist

January 24th, 2012
9:17 pm

The Australian Open tennis semi-finals are on ESPN2 if you already know the sorry state of our nation.

Rabbit

January 24th, 2012
11:15 pm

What is Mainstream media in the age of cable tv? Everybody watches/reads only that with which they agree. Citizens United is a national travesty. We are a society illiterate in the language of visual arts. Thus, we are collectively manipulated.
Read Federalist 10. This situation is exactly what the founders feared when they published Federalist Paper No. 10

dw

January 25th, 2012
7:54 am

How the hell is the “mainstream media” always blamed for being “too liberal” when the MAINEST STREAM media is freaking FOX NEWS. They DOMINATED cable news ratings over all other news programming combined. Explain that one

honested

January 25th, 2012
8:09 am

dw,

One small detail overlooked. FauxNoize might have larger ratings than other cable news outlets, but they wish they had the ratings of PBS Newshour.
If one wants the truth with all the warts, it is still readily available.

But to the subject of super pacs.
I am opposed to the giant influx of corporate money. I don’t view money as speech nor feel that dollars should vote.
That said, as long as the republiclowns spend themselves into oblivion and the President is re-elected, the system will have served its purpose.

Mark

January 25th, 2012
8:12 am

“main stream media, blah, blah blah”

Madison

January 25th, 2012
9:39 am

three decades of “so called” conservative dominance and here’s the outcome.

A new study from the Justice Policy Institute (http://www.justicepolicy.org), a Washington, DC-based think-tank that advocates for alternatives to prison, has found that after two decades of harsh criminal justice policies, there are more black men in jail or prison than in college. At the end of 2000, 791,600 black men were behind bars and 603,032 were enrolled in colleges or universities. By contrast, in 1980 — before the prison boom — black men in college outnumbered black men behind bars by a ratio of more than 3 to 1, the study found.

Obama Sucks

January 25th, 2012
5:49 pm

CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, NPR, HLN, most of the Am/FM Radio Stations, and ALL of the Nations Newspapers including the AJC are lying liberal mouthpieces for the Democratic Party and this poor excuse of a President we have in Obama. and they are all called mainstreet media as well as Fox.

Obama Sucks

January 25th, 2012
5:58 pm

Madison, What’s you point? Blacks cause more crime then Whites, Asians, Latino. Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Just look at the music Blacks listen to. Beat your Bitch, sell the drugs and make the cash, kill the other thug gangs, live the life of the gangster. Blacks have too many fatherless homes, and too many children out of wedlock. Black Society and its Leadership has some of the blame as well as the Political Black Churches and Mosques. Blacks should police their own problems first instead of simply blaming all others for their troubles. You don’t see Whites and Asians blaming others for their troubles and the numbers back that up.