The Invisible Rivers of Campaign Money

Why we need to know who's funding politicians

Friday, October 01, 2010

spending money vote quote Quote from Anna Lappe at the Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen. (just.in/flickr)

We’re headed into midterm season and today we talk about money: specifically, the money flowing into campaigns this season, including who’s getting it, how they’re getting it and who it’s coming from. The difficulty is, our political system has many different mechanisms that get money to candidates.  

New Supreme Court rulings now let independent expenditure committees, or "SuperPACS" and other political action committees accept and spend unlimited amounts of money on campaign ads that either support or defame candidates. They can do this without having to disclose who their donations are coming from or how much money is donated. 

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, council at The Brennan Center for Justice, and Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen, help us navigate the confusing and branching tributaries of campaign money.

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