Outside Groups Spend Big as Elections Approach

If those who pay the piper call the tune, what kind of tunes are we in for?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Former Bush advisor Karl Rove, seen here at a conference in 2008, is behind American Crossroads, one of the many outside groups spending large sums of money in this year's elections. (Getty/Getty)

These mid-term elections are seeing massive amounts of money being raised and spent both left and right, from party committees to outside independent groups — much, much more money than the last mid-term elections in 2006. Over $260 million has been spent by outside groups, who have been able to remain largely anonymous since the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, earlier this year. 

But what are contributors expecting in return for their millions of dollars? 

Paul Blumenthal, is a senior writer for The Sunlight Foundation. He says people like Karl Rove, who started the conservative political group American Crossroads to raise money for right-wing campaigns, is trying to maintain power in the Republican Party.

Guests:

Paul Blumenthal

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [1]

Mark from Washington Heights, NYC

I wish coverage of spending on campaigns were more nuanced. It's not always "he who spends more, wins." If the Republicans, for example, spent 50 dollars or 50 million dollars on advertising, I would still never vote for them. Never. Seeing one TV ad or 50 TV ads wouldn't make a bit of difference to me.

Oct. 27 2010 09:04 AM

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