Red and Blue Spending to Influence 2012 US Election

The guys over at have charted Democrat and Republican groups spending millions to influence the 2012 election.

Following the seminal Citizens United case – which prohibits government from censoring political broadcasts by corporations or unions – there has been a ratcheting up of money spent by nebulous groups in federal elections. Expanding super-PACs and vague 501(c) groups are exerting their considerable influence – in terms of advertising – in many areas of the political specturm. The chart below illustrates each group’s size based upon all known fundraising or spending since 2010.

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Source of financial data: Center for Responsive Politics, GuideStar.


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