Friday, September 25, 2015

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy ... by gimleteye

Wonder about Super PACs? Read the following from Open Secrets. In terms of reporting, a massive problem is that donors are able to conceal identities through the shifting of funds from one source to another. We can track this phenomenon in Miami-Dade County, where political money laundering goes on without penalty. Watch the money and influence at work: the best democracy money can buy. 

Five-fold upsurge: Super PACs, dark money groups spending far more than in ’12 cycle at same point in campaign

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, shown here at this week's GOP presidential debate, has already benefited in a couple of ways from a dark money group supporting him. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, shown here at last week’s GOP presidential debate, has already benefited from a dark money group supporting him. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Political organizations working to influence the 2016 elections outside the party or official campaign structure had spent more than $25.1 million as of Sept. 21. That’s an increase of more than 34 percent over their counterparts at this point in the 2014 midterm elections — and a five-fold leap over their outlays by this date in the last presidential cycle, a Center for Responsive Politics review of Federal Election Commission data shows.​
If any type of group is in vogue, it’s the “single-candidate” committee, according to FEC data, and that means a boon for conservative groups in terms of sheer spending power. Of the 40 organizations that have spent the most so far in the 2016 cycle — a list that includes political nonprofits, super PACs and business associations — more than half are dedicated to one candidate and one race. The same is true of the top 20 biggest spenders, which includes 11 single-candidate groups.
The rise of single-candidate operations gives conservative organizations an edge in a presidential race marked by a large crop of Republican presidential candidates. Of the 20 biggest spenders, just one has a liberal viewpoint: the establishment-Democrat-backing Senate Majority PAC.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How about a blog entry on "The Crappiest Town Money Has Bought---Homestead" The campaign reports are eye opening if you know what you are looking at... money going from PC's to campaigns and other PC's, traceable to the racetrack, the city attys and MCM among others...